Chicago Loopers will have a new place to grab a quick lunch in early November when Naansense opens up its second restaurant in the West Loop at 113 South Clinton. The first location (171 N. Wells) opened in January 2014. The brand’s food truck also gallivants around town.
Naansense is led by experienced chefs Hiran Patel (Lafayette, Veerasway, Bombay Spice, Klay Oven) and Sahil Singh (Lafayette, Veerasway, Hot Chocolate).
Naansense offers a modern take on traditional Indian food. It’s namesake comes from naan, which is a type of oven-baked flatbread found in cuisines of West, Central, and South Asia. The naan served at Naansense is freshly baked out of a traditional Tandoor oven.
Ordering is done Chipotle style by choosing either a naanwich, bowl, roti rolls, or salad, and then adding your choice of protein, sauce, and veggies.
The ingredients used throughout the menu are fresh and free of preservatives. They house-braise, roast, and grill their meats, sauces and chutneys made from scratch, and vegetables are pickled in store. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions.
Other popular items on the menu include masala fries with curry mayo aioli, and mango lassi (yogurt-based drink).
This new location will be much larger than the original location to accommodate more diners. The staff is also very accommodating and offers recommendations.