We’re in for an Indian Summer at Benares With Their New BBQ Street Food Menu
May 30, 2017
Ordering Indian food in summer can be a tricky one, but Benares is streets ahead with their luxurious new BBQ style menu which includes offers up five small, lighter plates, with big flavours.
Atul Kochar’s chefs have each dreamt up a dish which is indigenous to the specialities served in their hometowns in India and so each course comes from a different part of the country with a refined spin on every plate.
Coinciding with National Barbecue Week this week, the sharing menu which is available in the lounge for a more relaxed experience at the Michelin starred restaurant, is complimented with two new delicious cocktails. Head Barman Stefano Marchetto has created smoky, bold, bbq style concoctions like the Tandoori Old Fashioned which is made with homemade Benares spiced syrup and Chivas 18yo; and the Tandoori Mojito with lime juice, bergamot, brown sugar, Jamaican Appleton Spiced Rum, fresh mint and tandoori smoked soda water.
The BBQ Panipuri Martini was definitely our favourite though – a blend of Edinburgh Gin infused Dutch green chilli, coriander, roasted cumin syrup, lemon juice, ginger and smoked beetroot foam. The drink is served with a crispy pani puri on top which has been filled with green olive, sundried tomato, green chilli and BBQ dressing – absolutely delicious.
The street food dishes themselves are ready for you to dive in with your fingers (as traditionally eaten in India). The Charcoal Fired Broccoli and Quinoa Salad inspired by Kolkata in East India is refreshingly light with a stunning combination of flavours and textures. This is followed by a Pickled Prawn Pani Puri with Tamarind Chutney (from Mumbai, West India). The tamarind is simply divine and the prawns tender and juicy.
The Tandoori Chicken Crispy Naan comes next, with a delightful street food style smoked tomato dressing, inspired by Punjab in West India. With a wonderful kick, the naan is still nice and light; while the Crispy Fried Cornish Mackerel is a really unexpected Goan dish with plenty of flavour.
To finish, the BBQ Lamb Kofta Rolls (probably my favourite dish), blend together those wonderful street food spices, and come served with a light mint and coriander salad – hailing from a town called Lucknow in the North East of India.
Served both at lunch and dinner, the £30 street food menu is available until 4th June at Benares in Mayfair.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield