LOGAN SQUARE — Superkhana International, an Indian-inspired restaurant from a trio of acclaimed chefs, is now open on Diversey Avenue.
The restaurant at 3059 W. Diversey Ave. is all about “creative interpretations of traditional Indian cuisine,” according to a news release.
On the food menu is dishes like butter chicken supreme, a naan calzone stuffed with butter chicken, mozzarella and amul cheese and chana chaat, a cold dish combining chickpeas, scallions and herbs with yogurt, tamarind chutney, chaat masala (Indian street snack spice blend) and sev (crispy Indian snack).
Drink-wise, patrons can expect a robust wine list, many available by the glass, and a cocktail list split into highballs and spritzers plus drinks like the Superkhana Old Fashioned, made with ghee bourbon, jaggery and Boker’s bitters.
The restaurant, which opened earlier this week, is a partnership between acclaimed chefs and close friends Yoshi Yamada (Lula Cafe, Blackbird and Babbo) and Zeeshan Shah (The Biscuit Man, Old Town Social and The Bristol). The two enlisted a third friend and industry heavy-hitter, Jason Hammel, chef/owner at Lula Cafe and Marisol, to help run the new spot. They also tapped Colleen Malone to serve as general manager and beverage director.
Yamada and Shah previously collaborated on an Indian food pop-up called Bombay Breakdown, melding traditional Indian flavors with local ingredients and modern techniques. The pop-up went on to become a staple at Lakeview bar Long Room.
Superkhana International is an extension of that pop-up, a spokeswoman said. Block Club was first to report on the restaurant opening.
The 74-seat restaurant, designed by Charlie Vinz, combines bright, traditional Indian colors with modern touches like lime-washed brick and light wood paneling, according to the release. Inside is a “Haveli-style courtyard” that opens up to the sky.
Superkhana International is joining a stretch already home to Four Letter Word, Cellar Door Provisions, Fat Rice, Diversey Wine, Son of a Butcher by Whisk, Lost Lake and Masa Azul.
Crain’s Chicago dubbed Diversey Avenue from California to Kimball avenues the hottest new restaurant row in the city.
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