Benares

If like a lot of us, a large chunk of your celebrity chef knowledge is gleaned from lazy weekend mornings watching BBC's Saturday Kitchen, then you will no doubt be familiar with Atul Kochhar and you have probably already heard of his upmarket Michelin starred Mayfair eatery, Benares.

This regular face on the show serves Indian food to die for, which means the downside is that your local curry house will never be good enough again.

If you can afford it, splash the cash on the tasting menu with its paired wines. It is well worth the £82 for the food plus £55 wine cost. The staff are attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes and their often complicated ingredients and the sommelier really knows his stuff. It's a great way to sample some wines you might not normally pick but that really complement the food. You may not normally choose an Austrian wine, for example, but you won’t be disappointed, as the light fruitiness brings out the spices and flavour of the chicken perfectly. The menu includes dishes such as soft shell crab with passion fruit salsa, chicken cooked in three ways (grilled in chutney, marinated in mango and fried wings), as well as lamb rump with chickpeas. Alternatively the a la carte is extensive and includes a mix of fish, chicken, lamb and venison, both to start and for main courses. All with a range of naan breads, vegetables and rice on the side.

If you only fancy a light bite, there is also a range of nibbles from the bar menu which include aubergine fritters and samosas.

The décor is super stylish with dark furniture, crisp white linens, a calming water feature and lots of delicious candles, some of which are for sale and will leave your home smelling of orange peel and Atul's fusion of spices - beyond heavenly.

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12a Berkeley Square House
Berkeley Square
London
W1J 6BS
Tel: 020 7629 8886
http://www.benaresrestaurant.com/


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