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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”.
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”.
“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?
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.
Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star in the world, has introduced his fine fair in a step to place Madrid as the gastronomic capital of Southern Europe.
Boasting four private dining rooms, as well as an intimate lounge, Benares is able to accommodate all celebrations, whether corporate or personal, and is available for exclusive hire for larger functions in exclusive Mayfair.
Our Events manager can assist with any special requirements such as floral arrangements or bespoke menus, catering for a variety of palates and designed to suit all tastes.
12a Berkeley Square House, , London, W1J 6BS
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 5.30 pm - 10.45 pm, Sun 6 pm - 9.45 pm
Last orders: 10.45 pm, Sun 9.45 pm