Benares (bar)

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

Benares Indian restaurant London Mayfair

SquareMeal Review of Benares (bar)

It’s not obligatory to shell out on a big Benares blowout; the standalone bar/lounge at Atul Kochhar’s starry Berkeley Square Indian is tickety-boo for tiffin and cocktails, too. Focused service delivers picture-pretty, vodka-based Mumbai martinis from a list of affordable drinks that also includes passion fruit and chutney martini and a saffron and cardamom version using Whitley Neill gin. Also worth a punt are pineapple and ginger mojito and an aptly named ‘perfect sling’, while curry 75 (Champagne, Tanqueray 10, lemon juice and gomme) offers an Indian take on a French 75. Sharing platters and individual bar bites are irresistible: spiced minced rabbit skewers with mint chutney, ginger-infused corn cakes, and sensational tandoor-roasted cauliflower with a chilli blast, followed by a trio of cooling kulfis, make this a Mayfair must.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Green Park Tube Station 479m

Bond Street Tube Station 567m


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

Area: Mayfair Oxford Street

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5.30-10.45pm Sun 6-10.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Medici Gallery 106m

Faraday Museum 197m


Telephone: 020 7629 8886


Cuisine: Bars

Private Dining: 6, 10, 16, 34

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