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Summary

Mixed reports this year on this swish first-floor Indian, in the heart of Mayfair, which severed ties in August 2018 with its original founder. Fans say it’s “still excellent, despite Atul Kochhar’s departure”, serving “very nicely balanced, spiced and well-prepared” Indian cuisine that offers “a real twist compared to what’s usually found in the UK”. Its ratings have waned, though, with gripes re-emerging about its “windowless”, slightly “dull” interior, but more concerningly about cooking that “may not justify the price tag”: “just go to Dishoom, get better food, have more fun and save your cash!”

£104
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2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Modern Indian done with style!” Atul Kochhar’s swish Mayfair destination in very contemporary, first-floor Berkeley Square premises put in a much stronger showing than in last year’s survey. True, “when the dining room is quiet the atmosphere can feel a little strained”, but when it fills up it’s “much more vibrant”, and at its best the cuisine here is “really stunning and beautifully presented”. STOP PRESS – in August 2018, Kochhar left the restaurant which he founded, whose cuisine will now be led by Executive Chef Brinder Narula, who has been with the group controlling Benares for three years.

£110
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3
Good
2
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3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Opinions again divide on Atul Kochar’s acclaimed contemporary Indian, which occupies a sprawling and first-floor site on Berkeley Square. Critics – who accuse it of “going through the motions” – drag down its overall ratings, but the majority lavish praise on his “innovative” cuisine’s “delicate spicing”, and say a meal is a “wow, how-did-they-make-it-taste-so-good experience”.

£108
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2
Average
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Fans still laud the “subtle, gorgeous flavours” of Atul Kochar’s cuisine which have made this “classy” if slightly “oddly furnished (shades of the ’70s)” gourmet Indian, in rambling first-floor premises by Berkeley Square, one of London’s best-known dining destinations. However, its ratings have cratered in recent times due to too many experiences of “Keystone Kops” service and food that just seems “expensive and very average”.

£95
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Indian Fine Dining Restaurant with British Flair in the Heart of Mayfair. 

Benares Restaurant and Bar since its opening in 2003 has been considered one of the finest Indian Restaurants in the city.

Guests enter an elegant lounge with hand-crafted India inspired furniture and is complimented by a beautiful pond decorated with fresh flowers, creating a luxurious aesthetic.

Benares has 4 private dining rooms, three of which are around the lounge: the Berkeley Room which seats up to 16 guests, the Sommeliers Table which seats up to 10 guests and a Chefs Table overlooking the kitchen which seats up to 10 guests. The lounge area leads into the main dining room which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Our largest private dining area, the Dover room seating up to 36 guests is on the other side of the main dining room.

Benares can be hired for exclusive events accommodating 100 guests for a sit-down dinner and 250 guests for a standing reception.
 

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £29.00 £35.00
Pretheatre £29.00 £35.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 98.00   11
Menu2 89.00   11

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£20.00 £30.00 £15.00 £13.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £20.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 13.50%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair, Menu
16, 36, 8, 10
No trainers
150
Yes

The chef

Executive Chef Sameer Taneja

Private dining

Benares has 4 private dining rooms, three of which are around the Lounge: the Berkeley Room which seats up to 16 guests, the Sommeliers Table (Wine Room) which seats up to 10 guests and a Chefs Table overlooking the kitchen which seats up to 8 guests. The Lounge area leads into the main dining room which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Our largest private dining area, the Dover room seating up to 36 guests is on the other side of the main dining room.

Benares Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Benares Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Benares restaurant.
Tim H
We had the Street Food menu in the bar (5 S...
Reviewed 5 months, 9 days ago

"We had the Street Food menu in the bar (5 Small Plates to share plus a cocktail). We also shared an excellent dessert. Worked well for us on the night as a pre-theatre meal. Allow about 90 mins."

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Lewis T
Enjoyable experience. Some food amazing, ot...
Reviewed 7 months,

"Enjoyable experience. Some food amazing, other really good."

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12a Berkeley Square House, , London, W1J 6BS
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Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-3 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm
Sunday5:30 pm-9:30 pm

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