SquareMeal Review of
Chakra 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 the pretty, muted corner site vacated by the Terrace restaurant. It creates the ideal setting for some rather sophisticated Indian cooking that takes its cue from the subcontinent’s royal kitchens. Our gently spiced parsnip galouti (supposedly first created for a toothless king) with purple sprouting broccoli and leek chutney was good, but upstaged by silky balls of deep-fried avocado with a tangy tamarind chutney. After that, a dish of black cod with samphire smacked of gentle smokiness from the clay oven and showed how far the kitchen pushes itself, while mango kulfi with shots of mango sauce provided a playful finish. An online delivery service should please the locals, and plans are afoot to make the most of the charming streetside terrace.