**Disclaimer: I was invited for a complimentary meal at Chakra Indian Restaurant, Kingston in exchange for this honest review. All words and photos are my own. For my full disclosure policy, please click here.
Classic Indian Dishes Alongside Unique Fusion and Epic Cocktails
On the rare occasions my husband and I get to enjoy a meal without the little darlings, we go all out. Cocktails, loads of food, maybe even dessert. When you’re a parent, there is nothing quite like leisurely eating delicious food, safe in the knowledge that you aren’t going to be interrupted every three minutes.
Chakra Indian Restaurant is situated on Riverside Walk in Kingston (KT1 1QN), and even on a rainy day it’s a stunning spot. We began with the house cocktail – aptly named the Chakra Spice. This chilli infused Tequilla based drink was mind boggling good. We had a second round, which tells you all you need to know. Chakra have a very carefully crafted cocktail and mocktail menu. Even if you weren’t in the mood to eat, you’d be hard pressed to not find a yummy drink.
The mixed grill platter was lovely, and a great way to sample lots of different flavours – containing Gilafi lamb seekh, Hariyali chicken, Sunhari king prawn and Bhati Ka chicken wings. All elements were cooked to perfection and deliciously spiced. But the shining star of the starter show was the avocado Ke Gole, something I have never had before, and doubt I will again. Until our next visit to Chakra, of course.
Avocado Ke Gole are avo dumplings served with pickled beetroot purée and mustard kewpie. Cooked avocado is very tricky to master, but between the crispy coating and flavours coming through the beetroot and mustard, these were little balls of heaven. I asked for the recipe, but alas they would not give it to me.
We asked for the manager’s advice on what to order for mains, and he did not disappoint. We had Fish Moilee, Mangalorian Prawn, Dal Makhani, Malai Methi Mattar Paneer, Tadka Palak and Peshawari Naan. The creamy, coconutty fish was my favourite, and brought back wonderful memories of our honeymoon in India, ten years ago.
The balance of spices and different flavours complimenting each other was incredible. Also, it has to be said that the food was not greasy in the slightest. This is usually my grumble with Indian food, both inside restaurants and take-aways. The massive puddle of grease on the plate halfway through eating can be super off-putting, but this was not a problem at Chakra.
Even I couldn’t resist having a dessert, and went for Ras Malai. I used to love this as a kid and hanker after it once in a blue moon. Just in case you aren’t in the know, it’s flattened cottage cheese, poached in saffron and pistachio flavoured evaporated milk. Absolutely divine, even if I could only manage three bites.
Hubby went for the warm Gulab Jamun (condensed milk dumpling, served with vanilla ice cream) and devoured the entire thing in about thirty seconds. We needed a nice walk afterwards.
Overall thoughts on Chakra Indian Restaurant, Kingston
The manager told us they do not have an extensive menu, which means they can concentrate on getting every dish absolutely perfect. It was quite a statement, but it sums up our entire meal. The waiting staff were attentive, but not OTT. The food was full of flavour and the cocktails were AMAZING. Although we weren’t with our children, other people were dining with kids of all ages. Even the toilets were decorated prettily and spotlessly clean. Chakra also have a gorgeous private dining room, which would make a great venue for a celebratory meal.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the Kingston area. Chakra also have a restaurant in Kensington, and a take-away kitchen in Wimbledon. Check out their menus here.
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Oh, and just in case you were wondering, we didn’t manage to eat the whole lot. The leftovers came home with us in a doggy bag.