THE LOOP — Less than two months after opening for lunch service at 171 N. Wells St., modern Indian restaurant Naansense will expand its hours and menus to add dinner options.
The eatery opened in February and is the brainchild of chefs Hiran Patel, a veteran of Bombay Spice and Klay Oven, and Sahil Singh, formerly of Hot Chocolate. The duo's last project together was Lafayette in the Chicago French Market.
Their lunch menu features "re-imagined" dishes with traditional Indian ingredients, most in the form of made-to-order "naanwiches," wraps and bowls served with a protein, a mix of vegetables and a variety of chutneys and sides. Thin, seasoned naan bread is baked on-site in a tandoor oven.
Local graffiti artist Kane One designed the neon-colored accent wall in the Wells Street restaurant with "symbols of both Chicago and India," according to a release from Patel and Singh.
The restaurant's hours are currently 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but starting April 14 Naansense will offer dinner service from 4:30-8:30 p.m.
A spokeswoman for the restaurant said the team also had a food truck in the works for summer.