Karachiites are weird people; they put up a facade of being modern when they are die-heart desiis at heart. They dine at French and Italian restaurants, but never miss an opportunity to secretly indulge in spicy biryani, parathas and tikkas.
Eateries in Karachi have always made amendments to suit the tricky palates of these trickier people and from thence have come the trend of stuffed parathas and naans. We desiis LOVE chai (tea) and are constantly looking for improvised munchies to go with it. What better way to enjoy a steaming cup of tea than to have it with a cross between desi and modern, stuffed naans?!
Serving delectable naans with innovative fillings ranging from mashed potatoes to spicy and cheesy chicken, Naan Sahab, a new eatery, has become the talk of the town! Hand-tossed and fire roasted in tandoor with a touch of butter to give them that beautiful, charred look, Naan Sahab’s naans are definitely not something you would want to miss. They lack the infamous greasy touch that parathas sport, but are not dry or doughy that you might expect from some naans.
I tried two of their naans, namely Steak and Cheese and Chicken reshmi paneer, on my last visit. One bite and I was momentarily transmitted to a land of bliss; the naans were super fresh and crispy, cooked to perfection!
STEAK AND CHEESE NAAN:
Their steak and cheese naan was rich and flavourful, with a generous stuffing of ground beef (much to my joy!), sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Served with rich BBQ sauce and chilled 7up (I’m no chai lover), the tiny naan was definitely heavier than it looked I was full but I still wanted more! Get yourself a cup of karak chai and you’re ready to go.
CHICKEN PANEER RESHMI NAAN:
True to its name, the naan was steaming hot with creamy cheese oozing out, and the chicken only added to its pleasant taste. Its crisp and cheese strings made it seem like I was gobbling on a really good pizza. Definitely trying it again. I got myself a glass of chilled mint lemonade with shaved ice and I was a happy, happy person. Naan sahab’s paneer reshmi naan is a total show-stealer!
They also serve fries and onion rings as snacks so if you are not into eating naans, you can also go for something lighter (although I assure you that I did not find their naans greasy at all). Their menu also has apply cinnamon and Nureo (a collab between Nutella and Oreo) naans as desserts, which I have not tried, but trust me, I have only heard good things about them.
Does not matter if you are a tea lover or not, because Naan Sahab has it all covered! You can also order in fresh and refreshing lassis or gulp down these beauties with kehva or a huge glass of lemonade. Either way, this place is a win-win and is surely worth a visit!