With superb cuisine, customer service, and atmosphere, Chakra Indian Cuisine is an amazing Indian food option in Beverly Hills.
10 out of 10 Peppers = Extra Spicy
The first time I ate at Chakra Indian Cuisine, the restaurant seemed as sparkly as the engagement ring that had been slipped onto my ring finger only a few hours before. After a private proposal, Nick sought a festive Indian restaurant to tell his family (who had flown in from Alaska for the occasion, his mom being privy to his plans) and decided on this reputed spot in Beverly Hills. It truly was the perfect venue. At the end of our meal, our server even emerged with a complimentary strawberry-festooned miniature cake with chocolate cursive lettering spelling "congratulations" on the white plate. Customer service is alive, well, and chocolate-coated (at least when you dine in Beverly Hills).
That was more than two and a half years ago, and Nick and I hadn't walked in the restaurant's red-carpeted entrance since. While the restaurant is lovely, delicious, and friendly, it is also out of our usual price range. However, we are plotting for a future in which our dining-out price range increases, and when Nick took a step toward that plan (and more importantly, toward being a better teacher) by passing his National Board Certification, we agreed, together as a married couple this time, that Chakra would be the perfect place to celebrate.
Tied-back curtains decorate the space from the entry to the VIP room and to my personal favorite, the semi-private cabanas for two. The cabanas feature roomy curved velvet sofas, a table just large enough for an assortment of family-style entrees, and a romantic feel. I also love the water feature that separates the host stand from the dining area. Valet parking is free. It's been said that the space is fit for a king, well the King of Pop at least, as Michael Jackson frequented it. (That alone is probably reason enough for Nick to love any restaurant.)
The food is primarily traditional North Indian cuisine, done superbly. There are a few adventurous dishes here and there, but the most adventurous aspect is the cocktail menu.
Since we were going all out, we opted for the Chef's Special Menu, a seven-course dinner for two for $75. This is a great way to impress a date, and a starving date at that. (We wound up with take-home bags.)
The Chef's Special Menu was an amazing way to try a variety of the dishes available at Chakra. But I don't think you can go wrong, whatever you order. Whether you have a special occasion with a lover, are trying to turn a first date into a lover, or want to impress your parents or in-laws, Chakra is an amazing place to make some memories.
Chakra Indian Cuisine, 151 South Doheny Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (310) 246-3999.
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