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Above Berkeley Square without ever quite feeling part of it (there are no windows) Benares has been a go-to for haute Indian cuisine since launching in 2007. Atul Kochhar's reputation as a chef is impeccable, and his food follows suit; expect tidily good-looking dishes combining the flavours of the old country with Europe's culinary vernacular. Amritsari lemon sole comes with a Mumbai Caesar salad, New Forest venison is paired with a biryani, sweet-and-sour red cabbage, peanut and sesame gravy, while a classic and contemporary take on rogan josh involves roast leg and shoulder of English lamb with Kashmiri chilli turnips. Meals are served in a sedate, spotlit room where distraction comes from the contours of the distinctive moulded white walls, while the front-of-house team delivers professional service – give or take the odd glitch. Meanwhile, on-the-button snacks are served in the bar alongside curry leaf Martinis.
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On Friday I received some good news (and Lord knows I needed it after the few weeks I've had!) which called for a very last minute celebratory dinner with Indy. It's so difficult to get last minute reservations at a good restaurant in this great city of ours, but Angie recommended I use Uncover Dining, an app which lets users book last minute at some of the best restaurants in London. After browsing through the options for Friday evening, I came across availability at the Michelin starred Indian restaurant, Benares and quickly snapped up a table...
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Benares is a stylish michelin star restaurant in Mayfair which serves modern Indian cuisine with a contemporary British twist. A short uber ride away from the office, a colleague and I decided to try the set lunch menu and see whether it lived up to our high expectation.We were politely greeted and shown to our table. A wooden box of mini poppadoms were accompanied with three chutneys; gooseberry which was amazing, a tomato chutney and pineapple. The dark restaurant interior was sophisticated and glamourous. The only other diners were male and in suits, so I can only presume it attracts a particular clientele...
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Benares is located in Berkeley Square in Mayfair and is overseen by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar. This restaurant is one of my personal favourites and after visiting previously we were keen to step foot inside this glorious restaurant once again, this is Indian cuisine at its finest. The service is absolutely faultless, the d&cor is intriguing and sets the tone for a plentiful evening of excellent cuisine. Each and every dish was superb and left us excited for the next.
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