Everything but the Pigeon: Review of Benares Grazing Menu in London

July 20, 2011 No comments

On our first night in London, we were eager to get our fill of Indian Cuisine.  We did our homework and came across Benares, close to our hotel at Grovenor Square, highly rated with a Michelin star, recommended on line.  We were there for over 3 hours enjoying the grazing menu, with over 4 courses, each including three delicacies and wine pairings.  It was quite an event.  The only menu item that did not appeal to us was the Wood Pigeon Breasts with Beetroot Puree – not because it wasn’t tasty, but we just could get past the “Pigeon”.   They did bring us a “replacement” item, however, which was a fabulous wood oven cooked lamb, not that we needed another course.   The wines were fantastic and ranged from ClayStation Viognier and Qupe’ (California wines) to Meursalt Vallet Freres and Gevrey Chambertin Cru “Champonnet” Domaine des Varoilles (French wines).  Great service, great food – really steep prices.  Be sure to bring your Am Ex with a high credit limit.

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