Benares Mayfair Celebrates 20 Years: A Culinary Journey of Excellence

September 2023 marks a remarkable milestone for Benares, the iconic Michelin-starred Indian restaurant located in the heart of Mayfair. For two glorious decades, Benares has been a shining beacon of culinary innovation, pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine in London and beyond. As they celebrate their 20th anniversary, they’re doing it in style with the launch of an exquisite tasting menu that pays homage to their journey of culinary excellence. Here are five things to look forward to as Benares celebrates this momentous occasion:

1. A Special Tasting Menu

To mark their 20th anniversary, Benares is pulling out all the stops with a specially curated tasting menu that promises to delight diners with every bite. Executive Chef Sameer Taneja has masterfully crafted an eight-course culinary journey that blends the best of British ingredients with authentic Indian flavors. From the moment you take your first bite of Street snacks like Gol Gappas with sour apple water, you’ll be transported to the bustling streets of India.

2. Signature Dishes Reimagined

The anniversary menu is a tribute to Benares’ rich history, featuring reinvented versions of signature dishes that have graced their menu over the years. One standout is the King crab and egg masala, a beloved classic. And for those who have fond memories of the Chicken tikka pie, you’re in for a treat—it’s making a triumphant return after a decade.

3. A Vegetarian Feast

Vegetarians won’t be left out of the celebration. Benares has crafted a special vegetarian tasting menu that’s equally spectacular. Highlights include the Black truffle and white chocolate galouti kebab, Samosa ragda tartlet, and Paneer tikka pie. These dishes showcase the restaurant’s commitment to vegetarian excellence.

4. Artful Cocktails

Benares isn’t just known for its food; its cocktails are equally exceptional. The anniversary celebration features a cocktail menu inspired by Indian spices. From the fiery Passion fruit chutney martini to the innovative Pickled margarita, each drink is a masterpiece that complements the diverse flavors of the dishes.

5. A Fresh Look

As part of the anniversary festivities, Benares has given its entrance a vibrant makeover. A dazzling gold awning and lush planters filled with greenery welcome guests in style, setting the stage for an unforgettable dining experience.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to be part of Benares’ 20th-anniversary celebration. The tasting menu is priced at £139pp, and the vegetarian menu is available at £129pp. For a more affordable option, the lunch tasting menu is priced at £81pp, with a vegetarian version priced at £75pp. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Benares or new to its culinary magic, this anniversary celebration promises to be a gastronomic journey you won’t want to miss. Book your table and join in the festivities!