Friday, 30 September 2016

Chakra ~ Contemporary Indian Fine Dining


Over the years I have eaten at many Indian restaurants in and around London, offering varied regional cuisines such as Nepalese, Gujarati, Punjabi and Bengali food. Most of the restaurants offer a large menu and dishes are always prepared and served in a very traditional and authentic way. However at my recent visit to Chakra in Holland Street, near High st Kensington with my two friends Heidi and Manjiri, I was totally taken back at how different it was compared to other Indian Restaurants. Chakra have 15 years of experience behind them, they have used creativity and flair from artisan chefs and given Indian food a modern fine dining twist.

The restaurant is fairly small and decorated in a contemporary decor, the menu is select and we were intrigued to sample many of the dishes as they were indeed unusual.

We nibbled over mini poppadoms and drinks whilst we browsed through the menu.


The tropical fruit mocktail was colourful and very refreshing and a perfect start to the meal.




The menu is fairly concise but each dish sounded amazing, Chakra has taken the traditional Indian dishes served in Indian restaurants and given them a very fusion twist. Being a vegetarian I opted for the vegetarian starters whilst my friends ordered the chicken. We ordered 4 starters to share, Each was beautifully presented, cooked to perfection  and tasted amazing.

Sweet Potato & Pea Open Samosas & Tamarind Chutney- this starter was a twist of the pastry filled triangular samosas. It was beautifully garnished with fresh edible flowers.


The other three starters were equally nice. TheSpinach Galouti, Baby Spinach Fritters, Radish & Spinach Salad was beautifully seasoned and the spinach fritters were so moreish , I could have easily eaten a plateful.The Tandoori Paneer, Basil & Mint Chutney was ok although I felt that the flavour was a little bland as the paneer was cut in large chunks and the marinade did not reach inside.

I did not eat the Chicken Tikka, Mint & Coriander Spices & Chilli Chutney as I am vegetarian although my friends really enjoyed it.


For my main course I selected the Meloni dhal, this is urad dhal slow cooked with aromatic spices until it was rich and creamy, steamed rice rice and the purple potato and ivy gourd curry which was cooked with onions and tomatoes.We also ordered the raita  and basket of partha and nan breads to share which complimented the main course beautifully.


My friends chose to have the seafood biryani, the tandoori poussin and sides of sweet potato and okra which was cooked with onions, chilli and lime. Both of them gave the thumbs up for the dishes.


After eating such lovely starters and mains we had a little break before ordering desserts. Both Heidi and I opted for the Mango Kulfi served with fresh mango and mango sauce, whilst Manjiri opted for the Gulab Jamun Caviar with pistachio toast and cardamom cream.


The mango kulfi was served in the most unusual way, small slices of kulfi balanced on shot tubes filled with mango sauce were really delectable and the fresh mango was both sweet and tart giving you a refreshing flavour in your mouth.


The Gulab jamun caviar is something I was totally mesmerised with.Traditional gulam jamuns are walnut sized round balls soaked in sugar syrup, the gulab jamun caviar has the same flavour but were a work of art and patience.They were pea sized and served in a little caviar tin.We finished our meal with masala tea, coffee and mint tea.


In all our dinner at Chakra was very pleasant.We were guests of Chakra and all opinions and photos shared are of my own experience of the meal.
Rating:

Ambience - 3.5/5
Service- 3.5/5
Food- 4.5/5
Total score 11.5/15


13 comments:

  1. I love eating out. These dishes sound really delicious, I would certainly go there for a meal!

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  2. pictures are beautiful! I love Indian food.. yumm ^_^
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  3. Indian food is by far my favourite <3

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  4. The food looks yummy. I love eating out so will be looking out for this restaurant.

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  5. Wow this looks amazing! The kulfi looks delicious :)

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  6. I really love indian food. The pistachio toast sounds delicious!

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  7. The food sounds delicious! Love the look of those mocktails!

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  8. This looks just delightful and I am a big fan of Mango Kulfi, absolute yum x

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  9. Ooo the food looks nice! I love eating out x

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  10. Looks like a lovely little cosy place. I love Indian food. It's always packed with so much flavour and it's so easy to find vegetarian and vegan options!

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  11. Looks lovely and great presentation of the food too - especially the desserts.

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  12. This restaurent sounds great, the food looks great too. X

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  13. Oh wow, this restaurant looks absolutely incredible. I love the way that the food is presented- completely different to how I've had indian food in the past xxx

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