Chakra Cafe

Cafe
600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314 600 Franklin St, Alexandria Directions
+17032996600
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79% of 66 customers recommended
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Report | 2 years ago
Awesome... Love the traditional dishes!
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not fancy at all, but food is delicious and the menu is extensive.
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Amazing to have vegan, gluten free AND Halal all in one location. Spiciness of food very subtle and appropriate. Well seasoned. Everything tasted fresh. Lettuce wraps and fiery burger will bring me back to have them again and try something new. Appreciate having alcohol option.
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Report | 2 years ago
Consider offering a side-dish sampler plate. Would be a great way to try a variety of dishes and flavored.
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Definitely going t return even though it is way out of my way.
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Good food ,reasonable price,unusual in that area.
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great food!
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We ate there twice in 3 days--loved it. Could use more couches and tables instead of cafeteria style tables.
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Went there twice, ordered from the Bengali menu. Wasn't too thrilled 1st time. This menu isn't very well conceived. All dishes come with rice, but dry dishes don't work well with rice. I had gughni with meat & begun bhartha the first time. Both should be served with naan, not rice. 2nd time I had shorshe machhe and chicken curry. I was really looking forward to the fish. I'd ordered it the 1st time, but they didn't have it that day (which was a big bummer). But I actually enjoyed the chicken curry a lot more, That was a 10. But the mustard sauce in the fish was not as good as the bottled kasundhi I bring back from India: too bitter and not sour or sharp enough. Still, I'll be back!
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Consistently good.
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From Our Editors

Growing up, Chakra Café’s owner Monisha lived two different lives. At school, she was known by her given name and spent lunch hours twirling spaghetti on a fork. But at home, Monisha’s Bengali parents only referred to her by her nickname, Hashi–or laughter–and mealtimes meant scooping up lamb curry with a piece of luchi. The duality of Monisha’s two worlds–and the food she was exposed to–left a lasting impression and is the driving force behind the Café’s menu.

Inside Chakra Café’s kitchen, chefs marry Indian flavors with culinary traditions from around the world, using recipes adapted from Monisha’s mother, according to a Patch.com article. Traditional Bengali dishes such as begun bhartha–roasted eggplant flavored with green mango–are served solo or stuffed inside quesadillas with smoked fontina cheese, roasted pine nuts, and raitha yogurt sauce. Other Indian staples are also Americanized, from the tandoori chicken that tops flatbread pizzas to spaghetti paired with lamb meatballs and a whisper of ghee. Each item on the menu is clearly marked as halal, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, making it easy to decipher the dishes without meat and the ones that require each bite to be chewed 32 times.

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