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“Rooftop dining with a view of the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Chakara Restaurant

Chakara Restaurant
Ranked #37 of 80 Restaurants in Alappuzha
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Asian
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Manlius, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Rooftop dining with a view of the beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2011

One day of sightseeing in and around Alleppey, ending with dinner at Chakara, and was it the RIGHT decision ever...
The restaurant is open air with a thatched roof atop the Raheem Residency hotel in Alleppey Beach, right by the beach.As recommended by our driver, got there before sunset, so as to take a stroll down Alleppey Beach and see all the fishermen activities. Did not get the corner table with a view of the beach that we had hoped for, but nice cozy table for 2.

Very romantic place with very subdued lighting and amazingly quiet despite its small size and we did have quite a crowd, including a table of 8 having a party of sorts.

Service is very good with attentive and polite waiters, though the dinner does take some time to arrive. Not the place to be if you're rushed. Enuff time for a Kingfisher (goes so well with the spicy Indian dishes. rather than wine, which are far too pricey as well).

They do have a complete dinner menu, but we chose instead to order a la carte. Kingfish curry, cooked just right in a light sauce, and a Kerala-style prawn curry cooked in a spicy sauce and green mangoes, toned down for us but absolutely finger-licking Yumm... Yes, more Kingfisher, please, to put out the mild fire, even though the dishes were "medium-hot".

Being a smoker, I asked and was pleasantly surprised to find the adjoining large open terrace under moonlit skies to "destroy my lungs" while sipping my Kingfisher and waiting for dinner to arrive. Soon I was joined by almost half the occupants who probably were not aware of this "facility".

Indeed, the place is pricey by Alleppey standards, but what a wonderful way to end the day and our stay in Alleppey before the Backwater cruise the next day. Had "saved" from the previous night's meal at Mushroom (also a nice experience), so it averaged out rather nicely.

It is another MUST DO in Kerala and really deserves a higher TripAdvisor rating. I only gave it a 4 only because it is pricey (especially the Kingfisher brews)...

Strongly recommend Early reservations for that "Corner Table"...

And here is a link to "What to do in Alleppey for one day" with the ending clip at Chakara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZeLfK6G1tk

  • Visited December 2011
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Hyderabad, India
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“Great food, but a little overpriced”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

The food and fresh juices were really good quality, they also made the vegetables less oily on request. The service was terrible though, there were only two other guests, and they took 15 minutes to even bring the water and take our orde. The prices were also a little high for what you get, we paid 1500 for three small main courses and three non-alcoholic drinks. Ambience is very nice though, airy and cool outdoors seating with glimpses of the beach (not a breathtaking sea view though). They also let you use the hotel swimming pool for 400 Rs. [Prices in Dec 2011]

Visited December 2011
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“Disappointing restaurant in a beautiful, elegant hotel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2011

We stayed at the Raheem Hotel where the restaurant is situated. The hotel is delightful, comfortable and elegant. The staff are also very helpful. We were therefore disappointed that the restaurant did not match the standard of the hotel. We ate breakfast, one sandwich lunch and one dinner there. The dishes we chose were all in a similar sauce, perhaps the same base with only slightly different seasoning. We stuck to a fruit platter only at breakfast. The French toast was swimming in oil and the omelette wasn't cooked properly.
Perhaps this was a different temporary chef?

  • Visited April 2011
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“A fish curry to die for!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2011

Chagara Restaurant is in the exquisite Raheem Residency hotel which is right down at the beach in Alleppey, Kerala. Great Indian food for dinner which is traditional and yet not too spicy that it burns the tongue.
I loved the local dish, the Alleppey fish curry, which they feature as their signature dish so you can get it any night of the week. A wealth of different spices that are just simply delicious. Put that with the Kerala rice which is so different from the usual basmati. This rice has a much bigger and softer grain. Like velvet!
They have a 4-course set dinner for about 12 euro. Imagine! But you can just have a Mains or any course if you fancy. Nice light starters with dips and then a homemade soup which I really enjoyed even though I would usually associate soup with cold winters at home. The soup was a tomato-based one with some lentils. Again nice-sized portion so you weren’t stuffed when the main course arrived. Loads of fish on the menu including lobster and prawns and a delicious chicken mixture in a type of cashew sauce that came rolled in a pancake. And a home-made chutney. Dee-licious!
Desserts were good if not spectacular and pretty much like they are all over Kerala. Don’t expect wonderful fresh cream torte. But the pineapple caramelised was pretty good.
Lovely atmosphere. Refined. Cute lacy tablecloths. Most pleasant waiters. And yes, wine and plenty of it. I noticed wine is not the cheapest alcoholic drink in India but that’s something to do with it being made outside of the state of Kerala. Still worth it – can’t remember the price – especially when you are in the lovely setting of the Chagara restaurant. Really a night to remember.

  • Visited January 2011
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Thank MichelleMoloney
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