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A beacon for Asian fine dining since 2003, Michelin-starred Benares brings French-inspired refinement to spice-based cooking “without depleting the authenticity of Indian flavour”. The kitchen delivers “awesome food” and “real creativity” across the board, although tasting menus are the undoubted showcase for chef Atul Kochhar’s talents – from pan-seared scallops with broccoli couscous and pine-nut podi (dry powder) to a crisp, puffy chicken tikka pie or tandoori lamb cutlets with rich, rogan-inspired jus and creamy black dhal makhani. Inventive set lunches might include piri-piri quail with smoked beetroot or prawn curry with Bengali-spiced kimchi, while a dessert of tarte Tatin infused with anise and fennel typifies the crossover approach. Kindly, engaging staff deliver “spotless service” in the slick, smart, white-on-black dining room, while street food and quirky cocktails are the main business in the lounge bar. Wine picks tackle the spicing admirably. “Pricey, but perfect for special occasions”, says a fan.

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Feast on London - 3 courses £35 per person with a cookbook per table

Available 1st - 30th April 2017, subject to availability. Dishes subject to change. Excludes service, includes VAT.One Book per table & additional book can be purchased £6

Available: 01 April 2017

Max: 6 people

Expires: 30 April 2017

6-course tasting menu £98 per person & Atul's book per table

From a set menu with a copy of Atul's Curries of the World book per table. Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Available: 04 January 2017

Max: 8 people

Expires: 01 June 2017

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Bernares offer

Enjoy a two-course set lunch for £29 or a three-course set lunch for £35, including a champagne Cocktail.

Available: 9 January 2017

Max: 6 people

Expires: 9 June 2017

Guests must book in advance via telephone or email and should mention 'Squaremeal offer' to redeem. Maximum six diners.

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Benares

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

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A shame as this is normally good value

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Jul 2015

We often eat at Benares especially using the special offers as we have always felt it was good value. Unfortunately yesterday although the offer clearly stated complimentary cocktail we were not offered one even though I raised the question. We were also charged for naan bread which was again shown as complimentary on the menu.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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

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Benares - cannot wait to go bck

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Sep 2014

Professionally and personally, my meal last night at Benares was outstanding. The culmination of staff, food, drink and service was as a combined effort well worth its Michelin star. My party of six had an early sitting of 6.00 pm. We all arrived around that time where we sat in the bar and were not once rushed or urged to take our table, finally moving over to the restaurant around 6.30 pm. Being an #eventprof I had emailed prior to our reservation to Benares to ask to see the kitchen,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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

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by   platinum reviewer (198)

May 2014

It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Benares, I just can’t get to like it. This was the first time for me for a while, but it hadn't improved since my previous visit. Clearly chef Atul Kochhar must be doing something right to have earned a Michelin star for the eighth consecutive year, and while the food may have been good, it certainly wasn’t outstanding, the whole experience far from cheap, and the atmosphere underwhelming. With regard to the latter, it is hard to get excited about a bland...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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Benares

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

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social evening out

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Nov 2013

The evening stared really well. The atmosphere in the whole restaurant is brilliant and the staff very efficient, but as an Indian diner with a couple of English friends, I felt that the staff seemed to think that the English couple were ‘superior’ to us and gave a bit more attention to them. I had booked the table so felt that my partner and I should have been consulted first about ordering drinks or dealing with the bill etc.. Perhaps the staff do not realise that they are behaving like this. I...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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Benares

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

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Just a bad day at the office?

by   platinum reviewer (122)

Jul 2013

We were underwhelmed by all the food a couple of weeks ago. It scraped through as good, although service maintained standard. Benares was one of my favourites but it has to do better to warrant another visit. July 2013. Could Atul Kochhar match the subtle spicing of a lamb cutlet second time around, I wondered after booking a table at Benares? Most definitely….and not just spices were clever but textures too. Softshell crab was a superb opening dish for me, as was rabbit which both I and my co-diner...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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

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Michelin Star? Not fo rmuch longer.

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Mar 2013

I booked this for a Saturday night at 2130, intending to head out afterwards for a glass or two. However the starters still hadn't arrived by 2245, after which the main then took a further 50 minutes. Got out of there after midnight (without desserts or coffee as the restaurant was empty before we had even finished our mains). Of course this is too late to get in anywhere in Mayfair, so we all gave up after what was a thoroughly disappointing evening. Extremely average food, nothing memorable at...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 3

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

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Do not bother

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Feb 2013

- the restaurant cancelled my booking the day before Valetines day, with no explaination – feel free to book but do expect them to cancel at the last minute – thanks guys

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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

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by   bronze reviewer (9)

Aug 2012

Disappointed with Benares. I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant for a very long time and when I did, it was really nothing special. We had ordered our drinks to come with our main meal…our meal came but our drinks never did until we had asked the waiter twice. The atmosphere wasn't that great and nor was the food. It had to have been one of the worst “Michelin Star” indian restaurants in London.

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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

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Jun 2012

So over-rated restaurant, not a good value for money. Very small portions, i went there for a friend's birthday and was still hungry after the three course meal. Will not go back again..sorry

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 1

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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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    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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BENARES CHEF Having trained at the prestigious Oberoi hotel group in India, caterer’s son Atul Kochhar rose to prominence in 2001 when, as head chef of Tamarind, he became the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star. Two years later he opened Benares in Mayfair, which also has a red gong. Kochhar’s diverse business interests now include Indian Essence in Petts Wood and Sindhu in Marlow, plus restaurants in Dublin and Dubai.

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