Chef Atul Kochhar and Sommelier Ravi of Benares - London, England

Berkeley Square House
London, UK W1J 6BS
+44 (0)20 7629 8886
Hours: Mon 5:30pm-11pm; Mon-Tues noon-3pm; Tues 6pm-10:30pm; Wed-Sun noon-2:30pm; 5:30pm-10:30pm

Considered one of the best Indian restaurants in London, Benares goes well beyond simple curries. Loathe to use the word fusion, Chef Atul Kochhar employs both his Indian heritage and advanced techniques, flying in produce and seasonal ingredients from “all corners of India” and then using modernist twists for new and fascinating dishes. Kochhar’s creations trick the eye and foil diners’ expectations, but the surprises are most welcome: dishes pop with bursts of spice and flavor (without overwhelming heat) and roil on the tongue with just enough sourness to keep you wanting more. The first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star (and then another), Kochhar also has developed an excellent wine program, run by Sommelier Ravi (he has only a single name), which has helped change Britons’ belief that Indian food and wines don’t pair well together.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Venison, Beet-infused Apple, Celeriac-infused Apple, and Celeriac Purée
  • Marinated Mackerel, Ginger-Sesame Chutney, Compressed Pear, and Crispy Potato
  • Cod and Ginger Purée

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