Just returned from a delicious and joyful celebratory dinner at Chakra. My daughter became a Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel today (or as close as a female can get - at the Davidson Center at the Wall). We traveled from NY to celebrate my daughter's coming of age. Based on reviews from this forum I decided to host our dinner at Chakra. We had an early reservation at 6:00pm (done via email a couple of months ago) since her service would end at about 5:00pm. It was for a party of 10 and we ate outside. The restaurant is situated on the back side of the building off the street and opens up to a park so the view outside is quite tranquil. Also, quite by coincidence, another Bar Mitzvah boy we saw at the Kotel was also there with his party of 20! And quite happily, I have to say that there was plenty of waitstaff and service was excellent throughout the meal.
We shared appetizers including Caesar Salad, Green Salad with Roquefort Cheese and Grilled Peaches, Crispy Calamari, Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, and Veal Tortelleni with smoked Goose Breast. All the produce were incredibly fresh and delicious. The calamari melted in your mouth, not at all chewy. And the pasta tasted homemade. We also got these delicious, fresh out of the oven rolls with an roasted eggplant spread and a chopped tomato spread.
Among our party many entrees were duplicated. I usually like to try many different dishes but this time we had a lot of people wanting the same things. Entrees included Gnocchi Salsa Rosa (like a vodka sauce). The gnocchi were light and airy and well complemented by the sauce. We also had two teens ordering the Dad's schnitzel. This was a chicken schnitzel and was fine, but I have discovered that Israeli schnitzel tends to be more like US chicken tenders rather than European schnitzel (pounded thin and made from veal or pork). We also had four people ordering the Crispy Gnocchi Shrimp with Virgin Olive Oil and Herbs. A huge hit with the same delicious gnocchi and yummy grilled shrimp. One of us had the fish of the day, a whole Sea Bream baked in the oven. She devoured the fish and really enjoyed it. I had the Fillet of Beef Medallions in a Pepper Cream Sauce, also excellent. The beef was tender and cooked perfectly to medium as I requested. The sauce was also delish, though I wouldn't have minded a bit more pepper flavor. How great is it to go to a restaurant that manages to serve delicious beef, fish and pasta!
We were stuffed by dessert but managed to sample a few among the 10 of us. We tried the Belgian Chocolate Mouse, the Creme Brulee and the Hot Alfahorus Cake. The first two were excellent but not unique to our group. The Hot Alfahorus Cake was something new to us. It was a mixture of a dulche de leche cake/cookie and with a hazelnut chocolate spread on top and between layers (looked almost like a round, slightly compressed seven layer cake). Very yummy and always great to try something new, especially in the world of desserts.
As I mentioned the service was also excellent. They were very attentive and refilled our water pitchers without having to be asked. They answered all our questions before ordering and would come by frequently, but not in an annoying manner, to make sure everything was okay. I also feel that the food was fairly priced, it was not outrageously expensive and the food was incredible. Very satisfying!
Their menu changes monthly and they also offer a tasting menu that they say includes a little bit of just about everything on their menu. However, the whole table needs to order the tasting menu. Here is a link to the current menu:
Don't miss this restaurant when you are in Jerusalem!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.