Venue Review: Benares

Written by Ciara Sep 07 2016

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Benares Restaurant, Mayfair

If you are looking for incredible food in a stylish ambiance, Benares is the place to be. Opened in 2007 in the heart of Mayfair, the Indian restaurant has quickly become a staple of London’s fine dining. The mood was set the second we walked through the front door: under dim lighting the well dressed receptionists greeted us with a ‘Namaste’. We were then taken upstairs where we were stunned to discover the unusual décor of the restaurant. Dark walls, dim lighting, discrete music and a beautiful water basin definitely reflect the high standards of the restaurant.

Benares is made up of two major spaces: the lounge, ideal for receptions or to enjoy a pre-meal drink, and the large sophisticated dining room, which can respectively host up to 60 and 100 delegates. Four private rooms are also available for hire. Two of these are adjacent to the lounge, both very smart and able to host 10 and 16 dining delegates. The largest private room is situated behind the dining room and can be opened up to create a bigger space. This beautiful room can host up to 36 delegates for diner. Our favourite space must however be the exceptional intimate Chef’s Table private-dining room which boasts a glass window that directly overlooks the kitchen – what an incredible experience to watch the chefs of a Michelin-starred restaurant in action!

Not only will your guests remember an exceptional evening at Benares because of the unique chic atmosphere, but above they should be mesmerised by the exceptional food. Atul Kochnar, the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, opened Benares with the aim to share his love of Indian cuisine mixed with his knowledge of modern techniques and British ingredients. No wonder he was awarded his second Michelin star at Benares. Ingredients are carefully selected and menus change according to seasons to offer the best tasting experience possible.

Cherry on the top, the experienced events team is extremely friendly and will happily help you organise an event that will be remembered in this multifunctional space.

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