Restaurant Review: Chakra - Fine Dining Indian Halal Restaurant in Kensington, London

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Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Located on Holland Street, Chakra a fine dining restaurant in Kensington (London) serves Halal Indian cuisine and offers a tremendous variety on the menu to ensure there's something for everyone. Although still under the same ownership, the restaurant has now been extensively refurbished after being closed down for a period of time. However, Chakra has now reopened and has been relaunched with a new team and a new menu. 

Less than a minute's walk from our parking spot, Chakra was easy to locate, and since it was Sunday we didn't have to worry about any parking charges. This wasn't our first time at Chakra as we've already been there before and I have already reviewed it earlier on the blog, but it was lovely dining there again, and trying out the new dishes.  

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Unlike the last time when it was chilly and wet, I opted for their outdoor area because it was an afternoon of pleasant weather and so an ideal setting. My family and I quickly settled ourselves and got ready to indulge in some goodness. Although it was early afternoon, we were prepared for a hearty meal as we had a very light breakfast at the hotel where we were staying and had walked quite a few miles to explore the lovely Bankside in the morning. 

As always, we started off with drinks and ordered a Mango Lassi (£6), Nimbu Pani (£6) and Planters Punch (£7). Chakra has a variety of alcoholic drinks, the non-alcoholic offering isn't non-existent but it is limited. There were 3 mocktails on the menu and we decided to try all three! In addition, they also serve soft drinks i.e. soda and juices as well as hot drinks. The Mango Lassi was just as it was expected, but the Planters Punch was something new for me. It was a combination of pineapple, orange and passionfruit juice which had been combined with pomegranate and coconut cream. It was brilliant - quite refreshing! 

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Moving on to the starters and items from the tandoor (clay oven), the first ones to arrive were the Lamb Chops and Gilafi Sheek Kebab (£11.95). Both the dishes were served with salad and a slice of lemon. The lamb chops were tender and had been cooked to perfection, they simply melted in the mouth. The kebabs had been cooked using various herbs and the aromatic garam masala while the major ingredient was the lamb mince. 

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

The second batch of food served on our table were the starters. We opted for Murgh Moong Katchumber (£9.95) and a Samosa Chana Chaat (£6.50). It was my first time trying the Murgh Moong Katchumber and the main ingredients in the dish consisted of pieces of chicken breast, sprouts (moong) and tomatoes that had been mixed with flavoured spices. The starter was beautifully presented, and was full of colours. Both husband and I love a good Samosa Chaat and here we got a Punjabi samosa served with black chickpeas, topped with tamarind sauce, yogurt and sev. Generally, wherever we've eaten a Samosa Chaat in the different countries we've lived in, they serve it with the beige chickpeas. The use of black chickpeas wasn't at all a bad combo as they complimented well in the dish. 

The two types of chickpeas - desi and kabuli are both different in appearance as the desi ones are smaller in size and are darker in colour while the kabuli chickpeas are larger and lighter in colour and have a much smoother texture than the desi ones. Also, although the chickpeas come in a variety of colours - green, brown, black and red, the beige ones are the most popular and recognised. 

Both the dishes made great starters, but I like the Samosa Chaat more! 

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

For the side, we opted for Maa Di Dal (£5.95). Kadhai Jhinga (£14.95) came as a main with a garlic naan and lachha paratha to eat with. Chakra has a choice of breads to choose from, and all cost £3 each. Maa Di Dal is a Chakra classic and the black daal is cooked overnight on a clay oven, it was served with a dash of cream and made a great side! Kadhai Jhinga,  served in a copper serving dish was a prawn curry that had been cooked with aromatic Indian spices and other ingredients such as tomato, ginger and bell pepper. 

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Although the starters and the mains above could have made a filling meal for 2, how could we not order a Lamb Dum Biryani (£12.95) when at Chakra! Cooked with special spices, the lamb is mixed with Basmati rice and is served with a raita and green salad. The raita consisted of yogurt mixed with cucumber, cumin and pomegranate. The biryani itself was served in a dish covered with a layer of kneaded dough that had been rolled like a flatbread for the dum. Not only the aroma was great, but the dish itself was brilliant! I simply loved the balance of spices and the overall flavour - hands down being one of the best dishes we tried at Chakra! 

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Moving onto the last course, we ordered sorbet of the week that was a lemon and raspberry sorbet and Rasmalai (£5.95). The raspberry sorbet was a little sour when eaten alone, but the combination with the lemon sorbet which was slightly sweeter than raspberry was great! It was light and refreshing after an Indian meal and served as a palette cleaner for me. The Ras Malai was soft and sweet, and served with some chopped pistachios on the top. 

To finish the meal in a true Indian style, we also ordered Masala Chai (£3.50 each). 


Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

Chakra Halal Indian Kensington London

We had a great time at Chakra, and luckily the lovely weather enabled us to opt for an outdoor sitting which was absolutely great! Although everything was enjoyable, my personal favourites from our visit to the restaurant were the Lamb Dum Biryani, Lamb Chops and the Samosa Chaat. Definitely try these dishes when you're at Chakra, a fine dining Halal neighbourhood Indian restaurant in Kensington that provides great service and is perfect for a meal out with family or even with friends. 

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Rating: 8/10 
Pricing: Fine Dining 
Halal Options: Everything is Halal
Child-Friendly: Yes, sitting is child friendly but not sure about baby changing.
Alcohol Available: Yes
Location: 33C Holland Street, Kensington London W8 4LX
Contact: 020 8541 5757
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12 comments:

  1. The place looks lovely, the decor is really nice. I like those bread baskets too. Sounds like you've had a lovely meal there.

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  2. Looks like such a great dining experience, definitely a place to remember.

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  3. This looks like such a lovely place to visit - the food looks amazing and those drinks look absolutely divine!

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  4. Wow what an absolutely amazing sounding restaurant. The food looks amazing and it is all so beautifully served.

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  5. Oh these dishes all look absolutely delicious. What a treat to eat here. Kaz

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  6. It’s all so colourful, I love it! Definitely one to go to when I’m next in London

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  7. The colourful floral decor of the restaurant looks fab! :) x

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  8. It sounds like such a lovely restaurant, I have not had Indian foods in forever and eager to try some real soon when am back in London.

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  9. The food looks lovely here and you made some good picks. I don't eat a lot of Indian food but my friend loves it so I'll have to tell her to try here x

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  10. The food in this place looks amazing! I've never actually heard of Chakra before, but I love how much attention to detail has been put into the dishes x

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  11. Oh my word this place looks incredible :) i love trying new places and new foods to me and this is definitely a place that would interest me

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  12. Oh what a beautiful place to visit! I love the decor and the look of the food! It's so vibrant and bright - I love it!

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