So what's Benares at Home all about?
It is exactly as it sounds, the high-end Mayfair restaurant (they're on Berkeley Square) repurposed as a food delivery operation. In their normal day-to-day operation as a restaurant, Benares offers a fine-dining twist on Indian food, but how does that translate to an at-home setting? We decided to find out.
What's on the menu?
For a restaurant that's only just starting as a delivery operation, there's quite the extensive menu - which you can see here.
Simply put, It's broken down into starters, tandoor dishes, curries, biryani and sides - with dozens of dishes available overall, many signature dishes from the restaurant. On top of that, there are weekly changing specials-of-the-day which have included dishes like Adraki Lamb Chops (Chilli & Ginger marinated Lamb Chops, Pickled Onion, Herb Chutney). So, whenever you order, there will always be something new on the menu. Prices are definitely veering towards more high-end, but as you're ordering from a Mayfair restaurant, that shouldn't really be a surprise.
So what did you try?
For our meal, we ordered from across the menu, to get a good feel for it all. Some dishes travelled better than others - but that's pretty much par for the course with any delivery service. The below selection is about right as a generous meal for two people:
How about vegetarian options?
Plenty in all sections - vegetable samosas, paneer tikka, a sag aloo main and the vegan Chhole (Slow cooked, North Indian style Chickpeas flavoured with Black Cardamom, Cinnamon and Cloves - £16) among others, not to mention all the sides. Vegetarians are very well catered for.
If you haven't managed to pop down to the shops for those "essentials", you'll find a small selection of wines (and Champagne) starting at £33. We'd say it's best to organise your drink ahead of time.
As far as Indian restaurant deliveries go, Benares is definitely at the high end of things. That said, portions were generous and the two mains - the makhani and the biryani - were both excellent. The restaurant has pivoted pretty well into its delivery operation - if you're a fan of the restaurant and are wishing you could return, this is a pretty great alternative in the meantime.
Hot Dinners were sent a Benares at Home delivery. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Benares at Home
Where is it? 12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BS
Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @benaresofficial.
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