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33c Holland Street
Having built up a solid following in Notting Hill Gate, Chakra has uprooted and moved to Kensington’s quaint Holland Street. For us, it’s a deft move, ditching their former bling-filled premises in favour of this pretty, muted corner site, which comes complete with a charming outdoor terrace.
It creates the ideal setting for some rather sophisticated Indian cooking that takes its cue from the subcontinent’s royal kitchens. Our pimped-up kulcha arrived topped with decadent flecks of black truffle and wild mushroom, soon upstaged by a plate of plump tiger prawns marinated with lightly spicy chilli powder, and served with yoghurt and tomato coulis for liberal dipping.
After that, we were taken with a main of Khubani Murgh: gently braised chicken breast smothered in an apricot and nutmeg onion sauce, which provided a delightful clash of flavours. Chakra isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel here, but there are flashes of adjusting to modern tastes via an impressive selection of vegan and vegetarian options. Afternoon tea, brunch and set lunch menus are also available, while the Euro-leaning wine list is supported by classic cocktails.
Best in Kensington
SquareMeal 2 Stars
33c Holland Street
High Street Kensington Tube Station 251m
Notting Hill Gate Tube Station 697m
Kensington Palace 472m
Holland House Youth Hostel 504m
Mon-Sun 6pm-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)
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Food + drink: 4
Chic, glam dining room in muted tones, hung with chandeliers which makes for a special feel when you walk in. The six course tasting menu, which was preceeded with a delicious, aromatic lychee cocktail (though I was offered a wine or beer alternative) had a good selection of dishes. Of the first courses, the chicken, lamb and fish on the meat and seafood platter (2 pieces of each) were really tender and well spiced. The mains were served with rice and naan bread with the star being the Jalandhar Chicken which was tasty and had a slight chilli kick to it. The bengal fish curry was also good, but was just overshadowed by the chicken. A sorbet and mango kulfi finished the menu in much needed light way. The service was sleek and attentive thoughout with the only chink being that our waitress wasn’t familiar with the wine list, so we went with an old familiar in the end rather than trying something different.
Food + drink: 5
I have visit this restaurant with my parents those are Indian food fan than I am as often I find Indian meals can have a lot of ghee in them however this was not the case at Chakra so I would happily go back, We had ordered for a mixed platter of chicken, kebab and a tempura coated fish they were the best I have ever had, the staff was very friendly!!
The drinks selection was so good as were the cocktails and the decor of the restaurant is beautiful, it was an amazing experience at Chakra!
I've visited Chakra before 3 weeks ago during the weekend and I want to to say that the Food quality was excellent and the service was too good…if you want to eat Indian with a special atmosphere then this is a good place to enjoy with Indian food and tasty dishes in London.
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