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Benares

12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS 0203 641 7605

(((() Indian
Average
Main course: £24
Food spend: £50
Opening hours
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 22:30
Sunday: 18:00 - 21:45

Great food and ambiance

Alexandru Bleotu 13 June 2016
from London

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Awarded a Michelin star, Benares brings the excitement and vibrancy of Indian cuisine to a chic, elegant setting in Mayfair, central London. The menu of bold spices and superb textures at Benares is designed by Atul Kochhar, and has won widespread acclaim from the Evening Standard and BBC Good Food Magazine.

The Indian subcontinent is fully explored in the Benares menu. All lamb and chicken is Halal, and many complementing exotic ingredients are encompassed, ranging from spice rubbed Romney Marsh lamb cannon with white aubergine purée and artichoke Fritters, to hearty vegetarian options like pea and lentil cakes with warm cauliflower purée and asparagus stir-fry. A number of dining options are available at this Atul Kochhar restaurant, from the a la carte menu, to Benares sharing platters and pre-theatre set menus.

A cooling but bold dessert menu is served at Benares restaurant, with rose bhapa doi, hibiscus sorbet and fresh raspberries a popular choice. An extensive wine list is also available, with expert recommendations by a sommelier to accompany key dishes. An inventive, tantalising cocktail menu is showcased at Benares in London, with options like the trademark zingy passion fruit chutney martini.

Combining vibrancy and elegant restraint, Benares in Mayfair offers diners Chef’s Table seating with full views of the kitchen. Private dining is also available with seating for up to 34 people. Green Park Tube Station is a 5-minute walk from Benares.

Benares

12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS

Contact +44 2076298886
Reservations 0203 641 7605
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Customer reviews for Benares

4.5 (((() (based on 504 reviews)
92% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (368)
  • luxury (259)
  • lunch (231)
  • romantic (231)
  • business (183)
  • private dining (140)
  • large parties (101)
  • trendy (101)
  • value (67)
  • entertainment (63)
  • child friendly (25)
  • breakfast (5)
  • afternoon tea (4)
  • views (4)
  • al fresco (3)
  • ((((( by from Essex

    Have been a few times, but this was definitely the best meal so far. Had the lunch menu, and the plaice was delicious. Service very good. Will be going again.

  • (((** by from London

    Highly disappointing. We felt like the waiters were on top of us the entire time. We hadn't finished eating our poppadoms and the waiter took them away. We hadn't finished eating our Dahl or rice and the waiter took them away. They give you a special napkin to use after your main course, my friend was in the middle of using hers and the waiter was there waiting to take it away!! Waiter came and asked if we wanted anything else, we said no and two seconds later another waiter was over asking exactly the same question. We just felt constantly interrupted and really felt like they just wanted a quick turn around with the table. A shame.

  • (((** by from London

    F ood was great, but we were told 2 days earlier we have a 2 hour seating window. As a result we were continuously rushed from one place to the next and the waiters constantly hovering filling this and that! Its difficult to relax during dinner at this place. For this price i would not book this place again, it almost ruins the experience

  • ((((( by from London

    It was an amazing experience. I love the way the subtle asked what the occasion was an then delivered a birthday surprise for my friend. That was an awesome touch. Service was amazing, as was the food. Full of such wonderful flavours especially the lamb starters and the chicken main. I wasn't to keen on the kulfi/falooda but that's just personal taste not a criticism to the chef.

    The additional touch was the acknowledgement that I had a wheat intolerance so was told what to avoid and dishes I was sharing with my friend, the wheat part where possible was split out so I could also eat it. The cous cous was removed from my main and replaced with a veg dish which was lovely.

    All in all an amazing experience. I am defo going back!

    I have been to Benares many years ago and its good to see the standard has not dropped but if anything has got much better.

    ReeA

  • ((((* by from London

    The food and service were good. I personally find the black marble decor leading to the restaurant too dark and uninviting for lunchtime.

  • ((((( by from London

    A wonderful experience from entering the restaurant to leaving. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the staff attentive and professional throughout the meal. My husband and I had the 3 course tasting menu and it was delicious, couldn't fault any part of it, from the menu selection, to the presentation, to the taste, it was truly wonderful and would recommend it to everyone.

  • ((((( by from London

    The whole tasting menu was excellent - every course including even the amuse bouche was full of so many individual flavours.

  • ((((* by from Guildford

    Excellent food and service

  • ((((( by from London

    Great food and ambiance

  • ((((( by from Southend-on-Sea

    My husband and I celebrated my birthday by having lunch. The food, service and atmosphere didn't disappoint and I cannot wait to return. A wonderful and exciting dining experience. Thank you.

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