As you would expect in Kensington, the restaurants are more on the fine dining side. With properties in excess of 1 Million, they certainly would not have a dive amongst their mews and town houses. Chakra is not on the High Street, it is not even on a side street. In fact, you need to walk down a side street, then through a mews, to another street. It is firmly in a residential area. With an absence of too much passing trade, it relies locals and recommendation.
In this little spot, Chakra could fail because of the reliance on word getting out and locals being kept happy with the offer. They do just that with a light Indian menu focusing on being ingredient led, as opposed to too much tradition. There are modern takes on dishes rooted in history, to bring it to the less experimental palate. For me, I love Indian food, whether its delivered to my door as a takeaway, all bold and heavy or in this restaurant delicate and forward thinking way.
For our Indian extravaganza we started with a salad of pomegranate, mango, papaya, coriander, spring onion and amaranth for Prisca. We also had an interesting lotus root with guar green beans, coriander, sprouts and almonds. I had my favourite gorgeous tandoori king prawns. A side of okra and also a creamy chicken and tomato masala. All of this was washed down with a dry Sauvignon Blanc.
The service was very informal in a space which was clean and contemporary. In the Summer you can dine in the little outside terrace. For its location, the menu is very affordable. I highly recommend this as your Indian choice if you find yourself shopping down on High Street Kensington.
33c Holland Street
Tel 020 7229 2115