Indian Restaurant Review: Chakra - Kensington, London

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Chakra, located on Holland Street in London is an Indian fusion restaurant, perfect for fine dining, especially to celebrate the weekend. It is located on the suburbs of Chelsea and is quite near to Harrods.

Parking:

Chakra was hardly 20 seconds of walk from our parking spot. Initially, I thought we would have to walk a little more because I wasn't aware of how far the exact location would be from our parking but it being close by, was a blessing and a pleasant surprise. It was a chilly and rainy evening and I was in no mood of getting my clothes wet. Prior to leaving for the restaurant, I did check with the husband whether he had carried coins for the parking, which he did, but luckily, the parking at the time we reached was free. The parking close to Chakra is free 6:30 pm onward on Saturdays. 

Seating & Interior: 

Chakra has a welcoming interior and a relaxed ambience, and there is both a sofa seating and the option of comfortable chairs where the diners can sit and enjoy their meal. The dim lighting inside the restaurant makes it a warm and cosy place. They do have outdoor seating as well, which is always lovely on a warm summer day, but because of rain, we had to sit inside. I also observed the charging stations inside the restaurant, which are always very handy when the batteries of our electrical devices run out. 

The Dining Experience:

Soon after we were handed over the menu card, we were served some Poppadums with tamarind chutney (sauce) in a small cute dish , which you can see in the photo above. For the drinks, we opted for Mango Lassi, Nimbo Pani and a Passion fruit mocktail. I am quite a fan of mangoes so I enjoyed my lassi and the mocktail was quite different from the other mocktails I've tried. It was really refreshing and something I would definitely order next time as well. The Nimbo Pani was good but it could have been even better with some sugar, that's how I personally prefer, but it was actually meant to be without sugar.

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The summer menu at Chakra was interesting and innovative with decent options and it didn't take long for us to decide our orders. For the starters, we opted for Dill Crusted Tiger Shrimps that were served on Beetroot Ketchup (£19.50) and Faux Chicken Tartar (£10.75). Now these shrimps were really big and had been marinated so well that all the flavours were coming through perfectly! 

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Similarly, even Faux Chicken Tartar was equally tasty and enjoyable and I could even get the taste of chicken tikka in those small chunks of chicken. 

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I also ordered a tropical Pomegranate, Mango, Papaya, Coriander, Spring Onion, Red Amaranth Salad (£10.50), which was actually quite refreshing to eat and it had some of my favourite ingredients in it, mango being number one!


For the mains, we opted for Grilled Chicken Breast that was served in a tomato & cream masala and was garnished with coriander (£12.95). On ordering, we thought it would be good to accompany it with steamed basmati rice (£3.95) but I had mine with the butter paratha. This dish was more or less like a butter chicken curry, and was extremely scrumptious. The other main we wanted to order was unfortunately not available, so we we opted for Tandoori Sea Bream which was served with Saffron Tartar (£17.50). It was indulgent and tasted fantastic. The whole fish is cooked and served so it also has bones so make sure to separate them carefully before you take a bite. The second side was a plain butter Paratha (£2.95) which complimented the the chicken curry well and we decided to eat the fish just on it's own. My mum has been feeding me parathas since I was a child so I am quite a huge fan of those buttery flatbreads.

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The fish tasted similar like a chicken curry called Green Chicken, that I cook at home, probably because the same marinade had been used. It was just that the meat here was fish and not chicken but it tasted quite good in fish as well. The major ingredient of the marinade was coriander, parsley and green chillies. So, if you want, maybe I can share the recipe of my chicken dish some time later.

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For the pudding, we opted for Gulab Jamun Caviar that was served with caviar pistachio toast and cardamom creme (£5.75) and Mango Kulfi that was served with very small pieces of fresh mango and mango sauce (£5.75). Now these two were a fantastic modern twist to the way these desserts are served originally at Indian restaurants. There were three shots of mango sauce on the platter, that each had a chunk of mango kulfi. These shots were to be taken before having the mango kulfi, one by one, of course. What an experience it was! Although I do think that mango kulfi could have been more, quantity wise, but keeping the fact that we also had another dessert to enjoy, and yes, mangoes in that bowl, I quickly changed my sad face. 

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The gulab jamuns, the perfect replica of caviar were served in a tiny cute tin box. The box looked so adorable that I even wanted to take it home but I thought of forgoing my wish after I got no response from my husband, although he did agree that the tin box was cute. 

The right way of eating as advised by the staff was to put the gulab jamuns on the cardamon toast and top it with creme. Although the gulab jamuns were too cute to eat, I couldn't resist and I am glad I didn't because the combination complimented extremely well!
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End Notes: 

Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience and the staff was friendly and efficient. I really enjoyed dining at Chakra and the modern twists to the basic Indian dishes made the whole experience even more delightful. If you're a fan of Indian food but are looking for something different, then Chakra is definitely the place to be. The restaurant serves Halal food. You can check out the menu of Chakra, here.

Rating: 8/10

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Disclaimer: I was invited to sample the menu at Chakra but this is an honest review and all the opinions are my own.

33 comments:

  1. Omg this looks so fancy! I have yet to experience desi fine dining. Maybe when I visit London you can take me :)

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    1. That sounds good! Let me know when you're here.

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  2. The food is beautifully presented and looks delicious, and you got to taste such a variety of flavours and texture. Sounds lovely.

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  3. Looking beautiful.food is well presented and scrumptious
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  4. Wow the food looks absolutely stunning and so delicious!

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  5. I'm not so familiar to modern Indian food, but this place looks great and all that food really delicious. would love to try it while in London. My brother is visiting London for this weekend I will mention Chakra for him.

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    1. That's great to know! Your brother can try and let you know.

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  6. I'm obsessed with shrimps and I don't have any in the freezer. I might just have to eat my mobile and call it a day!

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    1. Haha don't do that. Mobile is a very important device. You'll regret later.

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  7. I am sure this is a must go restaurant. It is good to learn things about London since I will visit it more often from now on. Thank's

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    1. O wow! Glad if it can be of any help. I've lots of other reviews too.

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  8. My husband loves indian food and we frequent London a lot. I'll tell him about this

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  9. Omg that chicken tar tar looks to die for!! So good!

    Love,
    Ivelisse | CarnationDreams.com

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  10. Okay for one, I love LOVE Indian food and this place has an amazing presentation. I hope to try this place the next time in London, iA - THanks for sharing!

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  11. I just came back after dinner at an Indian restaurant. I would love mutton Raan or a fish mango curry with appam or butter naan with butter chicken. Yum. Most of these are South indian dishes I suppose.

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  12. Lovely food presentation on the overall, glad you enjoyed the experience.

    Seems to be a lot of mango in there, but that's how we all get with things we love so much like I do with nuts.

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  13. This is fine desi dinning and very artistic too. I can't get over how cuteeeee those ghulab jamuns are!! I would have taken the box/tin with me lol

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  14. The dishes at this place were so vibrant and colourful! It looked delicious!

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  15. Wow! The food is beautifully presented. Since I'm an Indian i have this urge to correct ya...its Papadum(also known as papad) Lol!!

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    1. Hey hi! Thanks for stopping by. I am aware of that and its more commonly known as papar in my home town but since this is a UK blog, I've written Poppadum because that's what it's called here.

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  16. I prefer sofa seating whenever I go out. Never tried this gulab jamun caviar and I absolutely love the way mango kulfi was seved.
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    1. It's actually Indian fusion :-) I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

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  17. I love how well presented the food is. It's traditional Indian food with a beautiful modern twist in the appearance. when i come to london i'll make sure to check your food for places to eat

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Thanks for stopping by. :-)