Benares

12 a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6BS +44 2036417605

(4.5)
Indian, Halal
Average
Main Course £24
Food Spend £50
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30 & 17:30 - 23:00.

Food sublime , service superb . Will be returning very soon

Erica Ford 17 July 2014
From Cambridge

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Awarded a Michelin star, Benares brings the excitement and vibrancy of Indian cuisine to a chic, elegant setting in Mayfair, central London. The menu of bold spices and superb textures at Benares is designed by Atul Kochhar, and has won widespread acclaim from the Evening Standard and BBC Good Food Magazine.

The Indian subcontinent is fully explored in the Benares menu. All lamb and chicken is Halal, and many complementing exotic ingredients are encompassed, ranging from spice rubbed Romney Marsh lamb cannon with white aubergine purée and artichoke Fritters, to hearty vegetarian options like pea and lentil cakes with warm cauliflower purée and asparagus stir-fry. A number of dining options are available at this Atul Kochhar restaurant, from the a la carte menu, to Benares sharing platters and pre-theatre set menus.

A cooling but bold dessert menu is served at Benares restaurant, with rose bhapa doi, hibiscus sorbet and fresh raspberries a popular choice. An extensive wine list is also available, with expert recommendations by a sommelier to accompany key dishes. An inventive, tantalising cocktail menu is showcased at Benares in London, with options like the trademark zingy passion fruit chutney martini.

Combining vibrancy and elegant restraint, Benares in Mayfair offers diners Chef’s Table seating with full views of the kitchen. Private dining is also available with seating for up to 34 people. Green Park Tube Station is a 5-minute walk from Benares.

Customer Reviews for Benares

4.5

(based on 173 reviews)

92% of diners at this restaurant would recommend it to another person.
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  • dinner (110)
  • luxury (109)
  • romantic (101)
  • business (88)
  • lunch (53)
  • large parties (39)
  • private dining (37)
  • trendy (33)
  • entertainment (33)
  • value (20)
  • child friendly (14)
  • views (4)
  • breakfast (4)
  • afternoon tea (2)
  • al fresco (2)
(4)
24 July 2014 by Amy Burgess from London
Set 3 course menu along with passion fruit chutney cocktail and signed cookbook
The service we received was excellent and the staff could not have been more attentive, the amuse bouche and the passion fruit chutney cocktail were both really good, with the cocktail being sweet, spicy and slightly sour all at the same time. The starter that all of us in the party had was also very good-shrimp with pickling spices, and the mini popadoms with 3 chutneys of pineapple, tomato and gooseberry-we enjoyed these so much we asked for more popadoms!
2 of our party had the chicken supreme with broad beans and korma for main-they were a little disappointed with this as it wasn't overly hot and was almost as if it had been sitting round for a while. My sea bream with masala chips was exceptionally good and the lemon mayo was shared around the table. Also liked the amount of sides we had arrive with lentils, rice and bread...there was no lacking on this part!
The desserts were also pleasant too-with dark chocolate samosas and white chocolate mess and tandoori pineapple and earl grey ice cream all chosen by our party. The earl grey ice cream was exceptionally strong in flavour, maybe a little too much at points.
Unfortunately, at first we only received one cookbook and had to ask a member of staff for the other two..when checking after leaving the restaurant we also discovered these were unsigned-it didn't put too much of a dampener on the evening but we were slightly disappointed after expecting it to be.
Nobody rushed us when we came to the end of our meal and we continued to sit at the table for a while and when ready to leave the bill was brought to us fairly quickly.
Overall I would rate the meal as 6-7 out of 10.
(5)
23 July 2014 by Ron Silva from Orpington
Excellent food & service
(5)
23 July 2014 by Richard West from London (New Malden)
Very friendly welcome. Excellent food. We chose the three course menu but amazing mini poppadoms and chutneys arrived followed by an equal amazing "amuse bouche". Then the three excellent courses followed by a small plate of little sweets (another surprising and welcome) extra I ordered the wine flight which was very good and well explained by the sommelier. My only criticism was that the cocktail was very slow in coming and only arrived after the starters and at the same time as the first of the wines.
(1)
22 July 2014 by Mya Choudhry-dormer from London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
The Martini cocktail was nice and so was the tandoori starter but everything else was poor. Have had much better food elsewhere, the mains and desert were tasteless. Had to wait a long time to pay after several request even though it was lunch time and not overly busy. The management seemed to treat waiting staff poorly and there was much tension which was off putting. Overpriced and stuffy. Definitely would not return or recommend to friends.
(3)
21 July 2014 by Mariya Stefanova from Croydon
You might like it if you like Indian food, it's pretty good for an Indian restaurant, but if I am to pay again £225 for two (far from the original offer of £35 pp, and we didn't even have any wine) I'd certainly go somewhere else. Well overpriced!
(5)
21 July 2014 by Jason Lamb from Reading
Excellent door and impeccable service .
(5)
21 July 2014 by Andrew Sen from London
We did the £35 for 3 courses deal which also included a cocktail and a signed cookbook. The cocktail turned out to be very nice and had a chilli kick to it. The food is a very modern mix of Indian classics and wonderfully presented. The desert was delicious. They had lots of staff so service was very good. The restaurant itself has no windows but is very nicely decorated in a very modern minimilastic style.
(5)
20 July 2014 by Jackie Murray from London
Fantastic food and service highly recommend
(3)
19 July 2014 by Brouhaha from London
In the heart of Mayfair, the location and formal dining style seems incongruous with how well cooked Indian food which should be eaten, joyously, with generous portions and for sharing. The formal dining room meant for a more stilted atmosphere than cheaper rivals.

Benares only represents good value if using the bookatable set menu offer and even then is not cheap.


The amuse bouche was comically tiny.

The chicken Caesar salad well balanced and enjoyable, kebabs tender and well spiced but lacking in texture for me, the squid wonderful. The shrimp (all 5 of them) would have been better served warm and were mediocre .

Mains: the sea bream was exceptional, salty, smoky and a perfect balance of the flavour of the fish vs masala.

The Chicken ballottine korma on the other hand was frankly abysmal. Overpowered by rose, with a homogenous in texture, bland chicken it seemed designed for people who don't like curry (or food for that matter!) which begs the question WHY would such people go to an Indian restaurant?!! It was mediocre wedding food. The Dahl and rice were as good as my mum's (and she is frankly at best a mediocre home cook!)

The comedy "hot towels" could lead to a more than awkward first date moment- neither "growers nor showers" despite the waiter's gusto .

The deserts were like clumsily produced "come done with me" attempts at fusion deserts. The samosa required clumsily thick pastry to encase liquid dark chocolate. Messily arranging white chocolate buttons does not a mess make.

The pineapple was
Ok but nowhere near as good as the legendary midsummer house barbecued pineapple.

The real triumph of the meal was the masala chai which for £4.50 perhaps it should be! Silky smooth and perfectly spiced- delicious!

Overall it was ok but I didn't come away wowed and the joylessness of a Mayfair formal dining room, eating tiny portions of food garnished with micro-coriander (sigh!) means next time I'll just head to my local!
(5)
17 July 2014 by Erica Ford from Cambridge
Food sublime , service superb . Will be returning very soon

Benares

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

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