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|Address:||12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS|
|Tel:||020 3544 1650|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £29.00||Champagne: £69.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-11pm|
6 of 7 people found this review helpful.
Any restaurant that has a doorman is taking itself quite seriously and Benares certainly takes what it does very seriously. Serious and well dressed staff are there to check you have a reservation, relieve you of unwanted coats and baggage and give your dress code the once over. The entrance up a wide staircase into a large lounge and bar is very dramatic. Its a big restaurant that doesn't feel big, and the atmostphere is buzzy but noise levels are not intrusive. The food was uniformely good, fabulous big fresh flavours. The mark ups on the wine list are a bit eye watering and its a bit tradional. The service was courteous and attentive, personally I am not a fan of the “ I will just remind you what you have ordered, run through the key ingredients and how its all been put together ” school of service but hey.
Good for times when you want to be taken seriously and are prepared to pay the price, bad for if you want plate sized popadoms and chicken tikka masala.