Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chakra - Short Review

Snarf | | Mar 11, 2008 01:50 PM

A new Indian restaurant on Yonge north of Eglinton, in the location of the former Mimosa and Redwood Grille. There seems to be a trend of newer, higher end Indian restaurants in the city. Some of them, such as Tabla and Amaya, have achieved some success, with menus which go beyond the standards, and winelists which extend beyond Black Tower and Kressman.

Chakra is trying to go in that direction. Very clean room, good seating plan that doesn't crowd, and linen napkins. The service is prompt and attentive, very professional, though need to familiarize themselves a little with the menu and variations on heat. The food hits the mark, with good flavours, little greasiness, and good presentation. Grilled shrimp were perfect, with a mild spice coating. Lamb kebabs in sauce were delicious, and the spinach was velvety, spicy and not at all greasy. Where some might have a concern is the pricing. Mains are in the high teens for meat and seafood dishes, and appetizers are close ot double figures. They charge for pappadums (to be fair though, you get a large plateful).

Also to be fair, they haven't been open long. I commented on the prices, and it looked like they were listening. Definitely worth a try.

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