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50 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbrige, London SW3 1NY
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4 reviews of Chakra in English
SO different to your typical indian curry house! Chakra offers an exquisite take on indian dining. It was such a great experience. Loved the variety of dishes available and the presentation was just beautiful. I will definitely be coming back and bringing friends with me! There were also a couple of very handsome bartenders that made great eye candy ;)
There is such a thing as too much service, I thought, as the fourth waiter arrived at our table seconds after the last to explain the baffling menu at Chakra recently.
My mum and I went to sample this new curry restaurant soon after it opened. It takes the place of Cultural Revolution, which – in my view – offered excellent value tasty food but precious little atmosphere. With Chakra, the reverse is true; it’s all style over samosas…and expensive to boot.
But when you’ve forked out a fortune on plush interior décor as the owners clearly have here, you’re not going to charge £1 for a Frisbee-sized poppadum and a generous carousel of sauces. No. You’re going to charge closer to £5 for quarter a broken up poppadum and serve it in a tiny little dish with a few scraps of chopped up tomato and onion and a thimbleful of sauce.
As most London curry houses in London are much of a muchness, in my experience, with tired décor and predictable menus, it’s easy to impress and even fool diners into thinking they are getting a superlative experience with a fine dining approach. When this is done well it can be a sublime experience, such as that to be had at my favourite curry place: Amaya.
But in Chakra’s case, upholstered white walls, clever uplighting and an army of waiting staff can’t compensate for very mediocre food, which is what we had. It was certainly highly-coloured when it all arrived in barge-style dishes. However, the contents had also been liquidized to oblivion in a thick sauce, so it was hard to identify what was what, save the odd bit of chicken or prawn which sometimes broke the surface. As for flavour, well, it just tasted generally curryish, but with no delicate distinction of flavours.
Chakra also favours that annoying policy of keeping your wine as far away from your table as possible. Then someone will sprint over to refill your glass if you so much as look at it, meaning you end up guzzling far more than you would normally. Here the cheapest bottle of plonk is £28, so be warned.
Despite what I’ve said Chakra will flourish due largely to its location and the fact the only good curry house nearby – Malabar – is tucked away out of sight.
Ironically, despite the over-zealous army of waiting staff during our meal, no one was on hand to fetch our coats after our meal so we waited around like lemons for 5 minutes…no way to curry favour with new customers.
I went with my family to Chakra last week and we had an excellent experience. The interior is decorated with cream and brown colours, the service was really nice and efficient, and the food was amazing. It’s one of the best Indian Restaurants in London. We will return!!.
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