Several friends suggested that we visit this restaurant in the "new" part of Jerusalem. I´m really glad we took their advice. Remember to make a reservation!
The restaurant features a large oval bar adjacent to the open kitchen, and when we were welcomed by one of the waiters this early November evening, the space was already buzzing with hungry guests.
The menu features several appetizers, entrees and desserts, in addition to a tasting menu and today´s specials. Both meat lovers, fish lovers and vegetarians will find something to their liking, although the selection could have been wider.
We started the evening by ordering a bottle of Israeli Sauvignon Blanc from the Judean Hills and sampling the homemade bread accompanied with tomatoes and olive oil. The service started out slow and unfortunately remained under par throughout the meal. If the server the next station over hadn´t given us the attention that he did, we would have complained.
We continued the meal by sharing two appetizers: a salmon ceviché with spicy avocado salad and a spicy tuna tartare served on toasted bread. Both appetizers were delicious, creatively presented and quite sizable. A great start!
For our main courses we shared a wonderfully flavored seafood risotto with nice, creamy rice and gracious portions of shrimp, calamari and mussels. We also shared a pan-fried sea bream accompanied with green beens and spinach. We also got a green salad on the side. The skin of the fish was nice and crispy, lightly seasoned and the meat was succulent.
Neither of us are really dessert people, but when you get the choice of creme brulee, chocolate tarte, chocoloate mousee and sorbet it´s impossible to say no. The creme brulee was absolutely to die for and definately on par with the one we served at the Brass Elephant in Baltimore during my college years as a waiter.
Chakra is definately a place I would visit again and recommend to anyone wanting a nice, modern dining experience in Jerusalem. I would have given it an excellent rating if the service hadn´t been so unattentive.
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