The food is based on the traditions of the Royal Maharaja Kitchen with traditional recipes from Punjab and the Northwest Frontier of India with some specialties from the Indian sub-continent.
What I love about Indian cuisine is the marriage of spices and flavours to create a sensual and mindful experience of the places the dishes come from. What I do not like is food that is too hot and spicy that you cannot taste anything but fire! Chakra comes from the first point - a really enjoyable foodie experience.
Individual portions of mini papads and a lovely dipping sauce greeted us as we sat down to browse through the menu with a list of dishes I had certainly never heard of before.
Manjiri, Nayna and myself.
Sweet Potato & Pea Open Samosas & Tamarind Chutney
After a lot of photo taking of our starters and actually eating them our main courses arrived. Although we had each picked one we shared (Nayna is vegetarian so was unable to taste what Manjiri and I had ordered but she was more than full with her main course:-
Purple Potato, Ivy Gourd, Red Onions and Baby Tomatoes (We all also shared Basmati Rice and Meloni Daal)
The Mango Kulfi, Fresh mango, Mango Sauce was really not what I was expecting. Usually you get a sort of cone of ice cream, this was like a plate of crafts, each essential part of the whole.
Finishing with a coffee we left feeling full and satisfied, talking about the meal all the way to the underground station where we went our separate ways. I would be up for a re-visit anytime!
I was a guest of Chakra London but was not expected to write a positive review. As usual all opinions and photos are my own.
Click here to see what Nayna thought of the experience too.