Top chef Atul Kochhar’s first solo foray in to the World of the restaurant, Benares in London’s Mayfair in Berkeley Square, has been proclaimed a roaring success by the press and public alike. An Indian restaurant unlike any other, Benares boasts a stunning minimalist design full of high-end design touches from the gleaming black stone floor to the indoor pond, complete with water lilies. And you can expect extremely professional service from highly trained staff.
As impressive as the exquisite surroundings are, Benares’s menu is the heart of the enterprise. Combining Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, the menu of Kochhar and his team is a complex list of intriguing, stylish dishes taking traditional Indian recipes as their starting point. All lamb and chicken is halal. The wine carte is a superb effort to match the subtle spicing of the cuisine, with vintages that enhance the flavours and it succeeds beautifully.