Restaurant Review: Benares, Mayfair in London
In the heart of Berkeley Square’s serene surroundings lies Benares, an exquisite restaurant of Indian cuisine that offers joy to the palate unparalleled by its curry contemporaries anywhere in the capital.
Ascending the stairs from Benares’ entrance hall to an altogether unique eating space is a spectacular journey in its own right, from the moment you step inside the vibrant décor and calming water features of the restaurant’s interior lay the foundations to a fantastic dining experience.
The à La Carte and tasting menus are heaving with jump-off-the page delights from head chef Atul Kochhar’s Michelin star kitchen that represent every region of India’s superb culinary heritage.
The highlights of our trip included rabbit seekh kebeb with chicken liver masala and a caraway paratha, spice crusted scallops, kafir lime marinated tandoori prawns and roasted roe deer fillet with venison biriyani and a sesame peanut sauce, but with such an extensively mouth-watering menu that is constantlt changing one visit to Benares will only leave you wanting to return again and again to sample what other jewels lie hidden behind the kitchen door.
The wine menu is also thoroughly well researched and offers quality for diners on all budgets, and for an even more special night both the chef’s table and sommelier’s table are exceptional dining spaces.
No review of Benares can be complete without mentioning the deliciously original cocktail menu in the restaurant bar. The Mumbai martini, which finds its distinctive flavour from ingredients of curry leaves and ginger, is a beautiful balance of flavours, and the passion fruit chutney martini is nothing short of sensational.
There’s no doubt about it, Benares is an unequivocal jewel in London’s crown.
Address: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BS, UK