Friday, December 18, 2009

Restaurant Review: Chakra of Paramus

Once again, we revisit Chakra in Paramus. The last time we visited, the menu was properly classified as New American, with a good selection of steaks and seafood, but the fare was all prepared quite well.

This time, Chakra has gone back to its Asian fusion roots, as there was a lengthy selection of sushi and sashimi in addition to the steaks and seafood. Everything was done with an Asian flair, and I opted for beef dumplings with a main course of Macadamia crusted halibut, while Mrs. Lawhawk had a free range chicken. The appetizer was quite tasty and the dumpling was light and airy. The crusted fish and chicken skin were a bit too salty for my liking, but the meat of both dishes were excellent as were their sides. Dessert was a chocolate hazelnut tort.

As always, the wine list was comprehensive and ranged from $35 to $900+ and the bar has its share of mixed drinks as well. It was quite busy last night, and there was a constant din of people talking throughout the restaurant. There were several larger parties going on, which added to the noise factor.

Chakra regularly tops Zagats ratings for their decor and the food is pretty engaging. You might get a bit of sticker shock on the drinks, but that wine selection ranks up there with some of the best in the area.

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