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