Chakra Cafe

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600 Franklin St, Alexandria, VA 22314 600 Franklin St, Alexandria Directions
+17032996600
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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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The food that I was able to actually eat - the meat samosas and the hummus - were delicious! However, there was a HUGE piece of plastic (like a wedge of a plastic carry-out container lid) in my palak paneer, and there appeared to be plastic beads in my salad. 2 of 4 items that I ordered had PLASTIC PIECES in them!!! If I hadn't been so exhausted that day, I'd have gone back in and thrown a royal fit of this. alas, I had ordered carry-out because I had been feeling under the weather. I shoudl also note that the palak paneer appeared to be the same quality as the palak paneer you buy at grocery stores in the pouches for reheating at home. This is my absolute favorite dish normally at Indian restaurants and even without the plastic chunk in the spinach it would have been inedible. The bite I tasted certainly tasted as thought it likely had come from a pouch as opposed to having been prepared fresh. I had such high hopes because I desperately want to find indian food in Old Town... but I couldn't even use my second groupon becasue the experience was so awful.
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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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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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Quantity and quality of food is not that great. First time I went there, I wouldn't go there again.
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Truly disappointing- samosas were greasy without the flaky pasty we love. Vindaloo very odd, the other dishes were forgettable rather than actually bad. I was in trouble with the family for suggesting we dine there while we were all together for the holiday weekend.
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great food!
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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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