This week I had the chance to go and check out the very luxurious and opulent Chakra restaurant, located on the border of Notting Hill and Holland Park. The concept on the menu of Chakra comes from the Vedic Scriptures, the Chakras being our energy points, thought to vitalise the body and also mentally align the mind and soul.
We’re greeted and seated by our immaculately dressed hostess and then given an explanation on how to order from the menu. This Artisan and traditional way of ‘running’ the food from pan to table is designed to share, you typically order, 1 or 2 dishes to share from each section, to try different cooking preparations and techniques from the 7 ‘schools’ of Royal Indian origins.
With a stunning & eclectic artisanal menu created by Executive Chef Andy Varma and interiors by award winning designer Dezzi McCausland, the theme runs in mind and celebrates Indo-artisan cuisine at its finest.
The interior of Chakra resonates, style and glamour with its colour scheme of cream and dark mahogany Chesterfield banquette seating, vintage cigar style panelling, Madras Ice-cream leather and Oak Colchester flooring has been combined with a rustic stone element and warm gold lighting.
We choose Sandalwood powder infused, Coriander and Garlic Grilled Lamb Chops, Hyderabadi Aubergine cooked in the style and essence of the Nawabi Kitchens and Smoked Tandoori Tiger Prawns cured with Ginger and Chilli Oil, all washed down by a beautiful Gewurtztraminer. To finish for dessert we opted for the Frozen Mango Kulfi with a sied of pistachio ice-cream and a glass of Muscat.
Chef Andy Varma fresh from his travels across the Royal Indian Kitchens met with us in between service and told me of his interpretation of Chakra is to add positive energy into the food. From the highly evolved, regal & diverse kitchens of the Royal Palaces in Lucknow to the best Punjab kitchens of the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh in Patiala, award winning Chef Andy Varma has journeyed across India, to discover some of the most coveted and traditional secret artisan recipes of royal kitchens for his latest inspired creation Chakra.
If you want to impress and try something new this is definitely worth investigating and my guess, would be once you’ve tried it you’ll be back. They will be starting a lunch menu service in the New Year during the week. http://www.chakralondon.com