Benares

12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 6BS - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7629 8886

Benares Restaurant In London
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Overall 8.0
Food 9.0
Service 9.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 5.0
Based on 1 reviews

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Chris Blackhurst - 4/5

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - Scott's starter was bhatti ka junglee khargosh or tandoor-roasted rabbit in a spicy crust marinade with hot plum chutney and jolly good it was too. Mine was tandoori ratan, which is lamb, basil chicken tikka and king prawn kebab platter. All three worked together beautifully - the lamb had a mustard coating and was hot and juicy, the chicken was bursting with herbs and the prawn was plump and sweet...The bill, with service, was 173.81. But we had eaten like princes.

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Best curry ever. It's very expensive, but if you aren't concerned about the price you will love it. Can't believe the other reviewer said it was bland. The flavours were beautiful and complex.
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david
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 5
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Incredibly disappointing. £135 wasted, 90 minutes of my life wasted. Food is without doubt the most bland food I have ever eaten, TASTELESS, TASTELESS, TASTELESS!! I love looking at Atul cook on TV but Benares is an absolute let down. Service is awful. Food is awful. Ohhhh it pains so much as I wanted it to be amazing but it was a shockingly bad experience.
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Noel
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0
Friday, February 22, 2013

a tale of two halves. i had been looking forward to dining here for such a long time. november 10, my birthday the big night , finally i was going to benares. wonderful hostess met us at reception guided us to the bar and seated us, a splendid malt to warm up i was so excited . then to the the table to say everything my lovely wife orderd was stunning she had a brilliant starter and a great sweet but her main of mixed seafood including a wonderfull scottish lobster tail she was in heaven , i was so happy she was enjoying my birthday so much xxxx. myself on the other hand found myself in hell, i had the chicken tikka pie , well after starving myself all day the two mouthfulls were not what i expected it was so small i could hardly see it , and the taste of burnt sesame seeds was so overpowering i can still taste them now 5 days later, my main course of black leg chicken was so small i laughed with my wife she had a prawn on her plate bigger than my chicken , it did taste good but really £28 for three mouthfuls , i thought maybe i should call the rspca they cant be allowed to kill birds this small, my pud was great and my wine superb especially as my wife doesnt drink and i had it to myself .ginger haired wine waiter was superb he really knew his job and helped make it a great night for my wife. will i be back, probably but only if my wife orders for me. £172 and only 5 out of 10.
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neil ballantyne
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I am stunned by the reviews below. My husband and I had the

£35 3 course menu and also took the £12 for two glasses of wine chosen to accompany it. The food was divine. We both had the trio of fish tandori with was delicious, thefish beautifully treated. Moist and succulent. The wine chosen to go with it was wonderful and perfectly partnered the complex flavours of the fish and accompanying garnishes. The main courses, my husbands goat curry with wonderful paratha was to die for. My beautiful delicious courgette flower fritters with lemon cous cous and courgette dumplings were a revelation and again the wine chosen to accompany both dishes was spot on and made an excellent meal outstanding..

Desserts were lovely with the complicated collapsing chocolate sphere for me and my husband had a spiced cake and granny smith sorbet. coffee was also excellent and free refill given. Both before and at the end of the meal lovely amuse bouche and fabulous petits fours. The staff there were wonderful from the truly beautigul andcharming girl who welcomed us, to the friendly, attentive serving team. Francois / frances the chief d,oeuvre was great. he also spent a bit of time talking to us about the kitchens that we were intrigued to see through the glass. a great experience, I felt privileged to be in this beautiful restaurant with such friendly talented people. i can't wait to go back!
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Michele - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Saturday, August 18, 2012

Awful place, food might have been delicious however from the tiny portion which was served to me i was unable to distinguish any taste. Similar to a review below, i also had to go find food after 'eating' at this unworthy michelin star restaurant. What a joke! Take your money elsewhere guys!!
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Sam
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Monday, August 13, 2012

What a disappointing experience. Extremely expensive for what it is. Happy to pay for great food however in this case the food was a let down. Expected a lot more from the food. Did not think all elements on the plate worked together, nothing amazing. Left the restaurant feeling fleeced.
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Eveline
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0
Monday, July 09, 2012

It was our 29th anniversary last night, 29th June 2012. My partner, Nigel Barley, booked the table a couple of weeks ago, we sat in what I think is the best table in the house. Thank you Benares for making the dining experience smooth and an enjoyable one, and thank you Chef Atol Kotchar for the fabulous food! Very understated evening and a very overstated satisfaction. Thumbs up and ten house points all round. Passion Fruit cocktail set the tone of the perfect evening.
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Din Sani
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Being an Indian vegetarian, it's a beautiful restaurant service ambience but can't say the same for the food. Ordered the grazing menu, very disappointed with the food, very bland and portion very tiny, having been to other Michelin star restaurant the portion were definitely tiny.
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Overall rating 6 stars
Food 3 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 3
Sunday, February 05, 2012

Had dinner there on a Friday. 200 pound for four people. Each of us had a main course with no dessert. no one had more than 1 drink with dinner. The food was very good but no wow factor. so at 50 pound a head overall we found it very overpriced.
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Jason
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0
Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rubbish food.... Don't know why they have Michelin star. Food has no taste or flavor, I have just came back from a trip to India and the food there has awesome taste and flavor. But here it has nothing....appalling.
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Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Thursday, December 08, 2011


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