The setup at Naansense allows you to move through a line in a Chipotle-like fashion. You have your choice of naanwiches, roti rolls, bowls, or salads, all with a choice of protein, toppings, and sauces. I stopped by with my co-worker Kirk during a busy lunch rush to taste test a sampling of Naansense's menu.
We chatted with Chef Hiran Patel who told us about the concept for the restaurant and brought out heaping portions of their delicious Indian cuisine. All of the sauces are made in house, including chutneys, salad dressings, and traditional Indian favorites. It's unbelievable how they create so much food from scratch, considering just how small their kitchen is!
We tried two bowls, the first of which included pork topped with korma sauce, pickled onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and yogurt sauce. This was my favorite because it had a nice kick to it and the pork was super tender.
|Pork Korma Bowl|
|Lamb Vindaloo Bowl|
We dipped our samosas in a variety of homemade sauces including mint cilantro and apple tamarind varieties. Everything we tried was bursting with color and flavor!
Naansense also makes its own naan bread in a traditional tandoor clay oven. This special oven maintains temperatures up to 900F and allows bread to be cooked quickly and deliciously. We had a chance to step into the kitchen and watch these pillowy breads made first hand.
|Naan Dough & Tandoor Oven|
|The Finished Product Fresh Out of the Oven|
Note: My meal at Naansense was complimentary, however, the opinions expressed herein are my own.
171 N. Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60606