Chakra Cafe

Bellevue,Soutwest Quadrant

66 Ratings

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Owner adapts her Indian mother’s recipes to create traditional & eclectic dishes such as butter chicken and keema-kabob flatbread pizza

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Promotional value expires Nov 28, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Not valid for alcohol. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid toward weekend lunch buffet. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$10 for $20 Worth of Indian Fusion Food for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner

The menu includes innovative dishes such as a lamb burger ($11), chicken curry ($11.50), tandoori paneer quesadillas ($9), an eggplant wrap ($8.50), and an alu gobi flatbread pizza topped with spiced potatoes, cauliflower, smoked fontina, and tangy tomato chutney ($9.50).

Chakra Café

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.

Chakra Café

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.

Customer Reviews

66 Ratings

Awesome... Love the traditional dishes!
Linda S. · December 13, 2012
not fancy at all, but food is delicious and the menu is extensive.
Barbara M. · December 12, 2012
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.
Angela L. · December 12, 2012
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    Bellevue,Soutwest Quadrant

    600 Franklin St

    Alexandria, VA 22314

    +17032996600

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