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A good restaurant – Benares

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After having indulged my work colleagues to an awesome cake a few days earlier I thought it was high time that I actually treated myself to something – it was my birthday of cause!

I decided to book a table at a restaurant I have had my eye on since seeing the head chef on “The Great British Menu” and having also sampled their food at the Taste of London festival. I booked up, got looking nice and clean and tidy (and in my opinion pretty damb fine) and headed off to Berkley Square to Benares restaurant.

Initially I was a bit in awe of the whole place, the restaurant is next door to a Rolls Royce garage but I had a nice full wallet, knew that I would know more about Indian cooking than most of the guys dining there and lets remember my jeans, shirt and jacket combo was making me look mighty fine so I went in, went up to my table (rather out the way but it was near to the action so nothing to worry about and had a look at the wine list – I decided to go for a Kabinet Riesling 2004 – it was sweet, slightly sparkling and very refreshing; a very nice choice indeed (even impressed my ‘wine-expert’ friend at home).

Food wise I was pretty spoilt for choice, none of your keema naan, special pilau rice and vindaloo here! The menu was largely fishy (lobster, john dory, sea bass, grey mullet and so on) but I decided to go for a main course of Tamarind Glazed Turbot with sauté mushrooms and spring onions (I actually ended up with broad beans and potato – but no complaints for me as I definitely liked that combo!) For side dishes I had baked rice (awesome) and black dal preparation; I have NEVER had dal like that before and really it proved the quality of the restaurant. For starters I had Soft Shell crabs in crispy spicy batter with spicy squid and mustard potato salad with passion fruit dressing – those crabs are ace and an ingredient I am seeing more on restaurant menu’s now; this is good as they are awesome and I think people should at least try them out!!!

I looked through the dessert menu but really nothing jumped out at me; I was also starting to feel the effects of the wine and remembering I needed to get back to Elephant on foot so decided to give them a miss. However somehow the waiters found out it was my birthday so on presentation of my bill (£98!!) I was given a free birthday cake; which while free I could see had been made with care and skill.

This put the ‘icing’ on a great meal, everything I had expected (including the price) and great warm service (though sometimes a bit over attentive with the water pouring!). I will be going back (the queen’s menu looks v v good) and I suggest that if you want great food, a great bar and great service you give it a go too!

The full menu can be found on thier website (www.benaresrestaurant.com/; which I have to admit does suck a large bit of ass but I won’t for once hold it against a company!!