Sunday, December 4 2022


CHATHAM, New Jersey – In Namkeen, a husband and wife team turned up the heat of Nashville Hot Chicken by adding a dash of Pakistani spices and flavors – and fans flock to Chatham, New Jersey, to taste by them – same.

When the restaurant opened last fall, Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri had one simple goal: to bring high-quality halal hot chicken to the Tri-State region’s dining scene.

“When I opened the restaurant, I wanted to showcase my culture and create a fusion that works really well together,” Chaudhry said.

It works well together, and the word has spread quickly. Namkeen now attracts people from across the tri-state area who line up for hours to sample the couple’s spicy creations.

Their finger-licking menu includes traditional Nashville hot chicken; the Tikkaville sandwich, which adds an explosion of Pakistani flavors; Dhamaka fries, with masala fries, fried chicken, tikka sauce, pickles, coleslaw and mint chutney; and their Tikka Chicken Mac & Cheese.

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But of all their mouthwatering dishes, maybe it’s their signature Cucking Waffle Sandwich that gets everyone talking. It’s filled with hot fried chicken, pickles, coleslaw, chipotle aioli on jalapeño, all sandwiched between two Belgian cheddar waffles.

“When you take a bite of the Cucking Waffle Sandwich, you get the sweetness and spicy flavors of chicken, coleslaw and pickles. A lot of people are hesitant at first, but once they try it they want more, ”Chaudhri said. .

The couple were impressed with the overwhelming support they received, especially after opening during the pandemic.

“It was a risky decision, but I had confidence in my business and my style, and it turned out to be a blessing. You come here, you sit down and you are fresh, it is the experience that you really makes you want to come back, ”Chaudhry said.

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