Harden's survey result
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“Beautifully thought out” and “adventurous” ‘nouvelle Indian’ cuisine continues to make Atul Kochar’s slick-looking (but “windowless”) Mayfair operation one of the Capital’s best-known dining destinations; slipping ratings, though, accompany fears that it risks becoming for “expense accounters only”.
“Atul Kochar is a master of spicing” and “continues to delight with the innovative interpretation of Indian cuisine”, at his “slick and showy” Mayfair operation; its ratings slipped a notch this year though – perhaps there’s just more competition than once there was?
Atul Kochhar’s “impressive” cuisine (“exciting tasting menu” a highlight) maintains this Mayfair operation as one of London’s foremost ‘nouvelle Indians’; the windowless first-floor space is “impersonal” to some, but fans insist it’s “spacious” and “stylish”.
Located in the heart of Mayfair, the sophisticated ambiance and detailed service compliment the flavour infused dishes, inspired by Atul’s extensive travels within India and enhanced by locally sourced ingredients.
Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate bar area, Benares is able to accommodate all celebrations, whether corporate or personal, and is available for exclusive hire for larger functions.
Benares Restaurant Diner Reviews
"We went for part of my wife's 60th birthday and it was a fabulous experience worth every penny. A completely different approach to 'a curry' but a very special approach the food was fantastic. The service even included a 'signed' menu to take away. One slight problem it was noisy."
"One of the best gourmet indians around. Excellent food, great service and a nicely appointed room."
"We had a very enjoyable dinner at the chef's table to celebrate my daughter's engagement. We chose the tasting menu with accompanying "prestige" wines. The food was well presented and enjoyed by everyone. For the most part the wines were good choices, although a pinot noir could not stand up against the spicy lamb, which was the main dish on the menu. This was a shame as it was an expensive bottle and was undrinkable with the course it had been paired with. Otherwise the wine choices provided good accompaniments to the food. It is an expensive evening but this doesn't seem to stop the restaurant being very full and it's hard to find a better alternative for the food"
12a Berkeley Square House, , London, W1J 6BS
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 5.30 pm, Sun 6 pm - 10.45 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 21.45pm