Pakistani couple at Morris County Halal Chicken Joint expand with new Chashni Cafe


The owners of a popular halal chicken restaurant in Morris County are giving locals even more authentic flavors with the opening of a new restaurant right next to their first.

Usman Chaudhry and Amena Chaudhri — who opened Namkeen Hot Chicken in Chatham in October 2020 — officially launched its Pakistani-American cafe, Chashni, at 231 Main St. in early September.

While both Namkeen and Chashni offer a “unique take on modern American cuisine,” the similarities end there, says Chaudhry.

“Chashni is a blend of Pakistani ingredients and American culture,” says Chaudhry. “We are proud of where our food comes from and believe in using the highest quality ingredients from local suppliers we know and trust and who guarantee the integrity of their products. We offer a concise menu where every item has been carefully crafted and cooked to perfection.”

Where did the idea come from? Chaudhry says it was built on simplicity and loyalty to Pakistani culture – with a little help from their parents.

“Chashni started with a simple idea, how to share the warmth, authenticity and tradition of drinking a cup of chai as is the custom in Pakistani culture?” said Chaudhry.

“We spend months perfecting our chai recipe while letting our parents be the sole judges. It took a while to get it right, but I think we made our parents proud. We then introduced Pakistani street food and American staples for breakfast, brunch and dessert.

Chashni’s menu takes no shortcuts when it comes to ingredients: salted egg dishes like the anday wala burger (lentil patty, omelet, onions, tomatoes, mint chutney, spicy tamarind chutney on a sesame) and sweet sensations like the gulabi waffle (pistachio, rose petals, kulfi ice cream on a Belgian gulab jamun waffle), there really is something for everyone.

Chashni’s hours are listed below:

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Chashni, 231 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928

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