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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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* 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
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2
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* 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.

Summary

“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”.

£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

A staple within the London fine dining scene, Benares, a Michelin starred restaurant specializing in modern Indian cuisine with a distinct British twist. Located in the heart of Mayfair, the sophisticated ambiance and detailed service compliment the flavour infused dishes 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.

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, 9, 10
No trainers
150
Yes

Private dining

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.

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 2 months, 26 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 4 months, 16 days ago

"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
Sunday6 pm-9:30 pm

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