Guide MICHELIN 2020

Benares

(990 Reviews)
12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS
Indian, Gourmet, Halal
A la carte menu

Top offer

Star Deal - 3 courses, duo of paired wines with starters & mains, & a champagne cocktail £52 per person

Available lunch & dinner Mon-Sat (dinner Mon-Thu 17:30-18:30, Fri-Sat 17:30 only) until 30 November 2019, subject to availability. . Dishes from a set menu & subject to change. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Average

Main course: £24
Food spend: £50

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 22:30
Sunday: 18:00 - 21:30.

Restaurant description

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 evokes the true essence of Indian cooking, 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, 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.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Benares
4.5
(based on 990 reviews)

93%
of diners recommend this restaurant

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Value
  • Location

Recommended for

  • afternoon tea (7)
  • al fresco (4)
  • breakfast (5)
  • business (307)
  • child friendly (38)
  • dinner (738)
  • entertainment (93)
  • large parties (160)
  • lunch (443)
  • luxury (473)
  • private dining (296)
  • romantic (395)
  • trendy (204)
  • value (132)
  • views (4)
  • By Rebecca J from London
    11 October 2019

    Wonderful food and excellent, attentive staff. Brilliant experience, thank you!

  • By Vanessa K from London
    11 October 2019

    Service a little slow at times but loved the food, especially the dark chocolate samosa with saffron custard.

  • By LF F from London
    7 October 2019

    Excellent service, extremely attentive. Great food.

  • By Harvey T from Ampfield
    6 October 2019

    Enjoyed the meal, the shared street food option with cocktails. Cocktails very tasty with food good to very good. We were still hungry at the end though as it’s a collection of small dishes only. As the 3 added cocktails were expensive (about 15 each plus service) it was about £110 for two in total and as we were still hungry it didn’t feel like good value compared to a decent Indian restaurant in the suburbs. The food in general was tasty (especially the fish and lamb mince with bread rolls) although some dishes too heavily spiced for me (the spiciest samosas I’ve ever had by a mile) but not Michelin star standard level - not surprised when I saw they lost their star the next day. At this price I think there are better fine dining options and for decent Indian food there are better value options also. I don’t think I would rush back as a result.

  • By Philip H H from Welwyn
    4 October 2019

    Our first visit and we were impressed how Asian spicing is applied to inventive modern dishes. It is not easy to match wine with such food but the wine pairings that we had were well chosen. Service was low key but friendly, although the momentum slowed down rather more than it should have towards the end of the meal. Good value with a deal.

  • By Sue W from Kent
    2 October 2019

    Had such a lovely evening. Took three friends who had never dined there before so was nervous, especially as AK is no longer Patron. The food was delicious and the cocktails devine. Everything/everyone was faultless.

  • By Adrian L from Colchester
    26 September 2019

    Consistent delivery is a feature of this great restaurant and this was no exception. A exceptional starter from potatoes and kale, a main course of minced venison yet his was yummy and a fantastic chocolate samosa for dessert. Yum!

  • By Julian T from Bexleyheath
    21 September 2019

    This was our second visit to Benares.The staff are very welcoming and helpful .we were seated quickly and offered water and snacks whilst we decided to have a cocktail. The cocktails are excellent and well worth the money, my wife had a mojito and I had a Benares Collins needless to sat they were not your ordinary mojo to or Collins, delicious. We chose the street food menu which consisted of five dishes, our favourites were chicken Momos and the venison keema mince.

  • By Pietro B from LonDon
    16 September 2019

    Food was good but not wonderful. Service was excellent and the location is great for a romantic dinner.

  • By Zaheer H from London
    13 September 2019

    I had booked a table to dine with my wife for our 5 year wedding anniversary. Firstly I was not given a table until 40min after arriving and was just seating in the waiting area. Once seated the terrible service continued, I had asked for water whilst I decide on a drink to order. After placing orders for drink my water had still not arrived having told the waiter again still no drink. I then placed the order for food and still waiting for my drink and water having reminded them on 2 occasions previously. Once my starters had arrived I still have no water or the drink I ordered I again asked I’m still waiting for my drink and water. A manager walked by asking how our food was and told him I have been waiting for my drink for the past half hour, with his acknowledgment I was given the drink but again no water. When I received my drink told the waiter still waiting for water which then eventually came after 40min. I must admit I was shocked with the service I received and did not expect that for a Michelin restaurant.

Restaurant Location Map
Benares
12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS

Available offers

  • Star Deal - 3 courses, duo of paired wines with starters & mains, & a champagne cocktail £52 per person
  • Star Deal - Street Food Sharing Menu & Green Spice Martini £25 per person
  • 3 Course Set Menu - £35 PP with champagne cocktail
  • 5 COURSE STREET FOOD SHARING MENU WITH SPICE MARTINI @£50
  • 5 COURSE STREET FOOD SHARING MENU WITH SPICE MARTINI @£50 (Party size of 5+)
  • Benares 6 course Tasting menu with Champ Cocktail @£98 per person
  • Benares 6 course Tasting menu with Champ Cocktail @£98 per person (Party size of 5+)
  • Free Glass of Bubbles with A la Carte
  • POST THEATRE 3 courses including Amuse bouche and Petit Fours @£48 per person
  • POST THEATRE 3 courses including Amuse bouche and Petit Fours @£48 per person (Party size of 5+)
  • Thali - Light, Quick, Delicious Lunch with beer £33 per person
  • Two Course Set Menu with a cocktail £29 per person

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