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WIN A Luxury Tasting Menu and Aperitif at Michelin-Starred Benares Restaurant

I’ve often documented my love for Japanese and Italian food on this blog, but one cuisine that slightly neglected is Indian food. It doesn’t mean that I don’t love the cuisine but I think really good Indian restaurants are few and far between in London. However, I remember the first time I ever tasted truly excellent Indian food at Benares Restaurant in Mayfair and I was soon hooked.

Since that time several incredible and high end Indians have sprung up in London but Atul Kochhar will always be the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, with Benares Restaurant gaining it’s own star in 2007 and keeping it ever since. I’m collaborating with BuyaGift to offer my readers the opportunity to win the tasting menu at this temple of Indian food, scroll to the end to enter.
The name Benares is inspired by India’s holy city and the interior offers a taste of India with hand crafted furniture and beautiful water features. jos2013052d00002-low-res-2
Chef Kochhar has created an incredible menu with vast research and by combining his Indian heritage with his appreciation for fine British produce. The tasting menu truly is a celebration of his modern Indian food with elegant seafood, chicken and lamb dishes and ending on Atul’s version of traditional Indian desserts. As part of the prize the winners will also enjoying pairing a passion fruit chutney martini with the dinner.

The luxury tasting menu and an aperitif at Benares Restaurant is worth over £200 so you an be sure to expect a totally spectacular night.

Competition closes 5.30pm Monday 3rd of October.

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Terms and Conditions

  1. Prize is a celebratory tasting menu for two and martini at Benares Restaurant
  2. Voucher is valid until 25th November 2016
  3. Some black out dates apply and the tasting menu is only available at certain times. Please check with the restaurant on booking
  4. Wine pairings can be made but they are charged at an additional cost
  5. A service charge of 12.5% will be added to the bill.
  6. Book in advance and bring the voucher

Images provided by BuyaGift


  • Gary J Berry

    What a fantastic prize Angie. Some reader is going to be very lucky indeed! Gary x

  • Indian food is my favourite! Fingers crossed! x

  • Angie I totally need to share with you London’s hidden indian gems. Gymkhana and Hoppers are popular good ones but must say I haven’t tried Benares!

    Remind me to give you some recommendations of ones you may not have been to, when we speak!


    • I’ve been wanting to go to Gymkhana for ages!!

      • You absolutely should. They do a chetinad duck dosa and these delicate scallops that are perfectly spiced and sooo moreish!

  • Can you believe that I’ve never dined at Benares, I’ve heard great things about it though!

  • Love this restaurant! We threw my parents a party in their private room last year to celebrate a big anniversary and the service and food were just utterly fabulous!

  • That’s certainly different….I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a passion fruit chutney martini before!! Aside from Benares, I’ve struggled to find a good Indian restaurants in London too. I tend to reserve my Indian food fest until I’m in Manchester as there are some really great Indian restaurants up north

    • Same here! Actually I really loved Trishna and I still need to try Gymkana.

  • This sounds amazing, gutted I can’t enter :'( AP xo

  • What a fab competition!
    Leonie ♥ Lo On The Go

  • Sofia Ntalampira

    Hi there! Absolutely love your blog. I wanted to suggest a destination which it seems you’ve not discovered yet. Although I live here in the UK, i’m originally from Greece and despite its current financial state, it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. I believe you would enjoy it, especially in the summer! It has a great cuisine of which i’m sure you know of and if I may recommend a specific place, I would say, stay within the islands. The islands are the absolute best. I hope you consider trying it out sometime in the future, you won’t regret it! – Sofia

    • Hi Sofia, thank you so much! Actually I’ve been to Greece many times, Mykonos only a couple of years ago. Sadly it was before I had my blog and I don’t have good enough photos to write about it. I hope to return one day – Santorini is on my wish list.

  • I’m impressed that Mr Silver didn’t insist on winning this competition!

  • Theresa Louise Cooke

    I visited Kocher’s place in Paddington a few years ago and loved every minute. would love to try Benares.

  • Mellissa Williams

    I’ve wanted to go here for so long! Fingers crossed

  • Rita Udeshi Mistry

    I haven’t been to Benares yet, but I did try Atul’s Lamb Chops at Taste of London. This sounds like an amazing prize and good luck everyone.

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  • Samantha G

    Hi, I think I may be the competition winner but I haven’t heard from you or Benares. Please let me know!

    • Hi Samantha, I’ve emailed you twice. Would you mind reconfirming your email address? Thank!