Benares

 

Benares

 

Benares restaurant in Mayfair pays homage to the holy city that inspired its name, and this is reflected in the hints of heritage and culture ubiquitous in its design and Indian cuisine. Benares is Michelin-starred and its culinary prowess stems from its unique blend of regional Indian cooking techniques and contemporary British produce. It is the ultimate fine-dining destination for the London elite by harnessing a powerful combination of contemporary British and traditional Indian culture, design and food.

Guests are welcomed with antique sculptures at the entrance, a mural of rowing boats in the reception area, and an indoor lily-pond water feature. Each of these elements are heritage pieces that give guests a glimpse into the life and culture of India. A touch of modern British design is epitomised in the chic first-floor bar. The polished black wood bar elegantly pairs down the rich and luxurious colour scheme and glass-walled wine cellar. The bar is elegantly lit, creating the ideal spot for guests to nestle into one of their plush velvet chairs with one of their Chivas trolley signature drinks. Head Barman Stefano Marchetto has curated an innovative cocktails list including the Passion Fruit Chutney Martini made with a combination of home-made passion fruit chutney, wyborowa vodka, fresh lemon juice, sugar and a dash of passion fruit juice. The Green Spice Martini is another favourite that embodies the aromatic flavours of India with its wyborowa vodka mixed with coriander, cumin syrup, fresh root ginger and dehydrated red chili.

The main dining space is decorated with hues of black and white, dark wood screens and textured walls. This spacious room is the pinnacle of subtle luxury and elegance. For more intimate settings, guests also have the choice to dine in five adjoining private rooms that are as sophisticated as the rest of the restaurant. Benares has created a variety of menus, including its post theatre menu, tasting menu, Thali lunch menu, A La Carte, set and Indian street food menu. At the heart of all of the menus is the balance of Indian flavours and spice to enhance the natural flavours of exquisite British produce. With a glass-walled kitchen, all guests can share in the magic of the food preparation. Select guests can also enjoy the perks of a Chef table, where they have an exclusive peak into the behind the scenes. Sharing platters are the ideal dishes for guests that wish to sample a variety of light bites. On the A La Carte menu, we suggest starting with a chicken tikka or the crispy crab flavourfully garnished with quinoa, mixed bean, passion fruit and ginger dressing. For mains, a biryani with fresh lobster, aromatic spiced rice, pink peppercorn and fennel raita is an excellent choice. Another top dish is the smoked tandoori lamb cutlets with sautéed mangetout, rogan josh and your choice of breads and rice. For guests with a big appetite, why not indulge in a delicious side of fine green beans sautéed with mustard, curry leaf and coconut or north Indian style cooked chickpeas.

Benares is not your simple curry house; with its attention to both elegant British and traditional Indian design and cuisine, it succeeds in making its mark as a sophisticated fine-dining restaurant in the popular Mayfair area.

Benares Cuisine, Dress Code & Address

Cuisine: Indian-British Fusion

Dress Code: Casual Elegant 

Area: Mayfair

Address: 12a Berkley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS

Website: https://www.benaresrestaurant.com/

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