A Unique Visit to Benares Restaurant, London

It was my birthday last weekend and a few days before the day of, I found out there a there was a reservation in my name at the chefs table at Atul Kochhar’s Michelin Star Benares Restaurant! I was so excited…what a birthday treat. I had been wanting to go to Benares  for the longest time, especially after interviewing Atul himself. The concept of contemporary Indian cuisine has always intrigued me and I was hoping for an inspiring visit. Upon arrival at lunch time, we were seated and served champagne in the beautiful bar area. The interior of the restaurant is modern and stylish; cream walls, dark wood, warm lighting  and features Indian inspired furnishings.

It was not long before the assistant manager of the restaurant, Francis, greeted us and showed us to the chef’s table located inside a  private dining room featuring glass walls so we could look into the Benares kitchen and watch the chefs as they prepared our meal. I was trying to remain quite calm and cool as I walked in but I was so excited underneath!
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My Interview with Atul Kochhar

In this exclusive interview, I speak with Atul Kochhar-one of the few Chefs in the world to be awarded two Michelin Stars.  He was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star during his time at Tamarind and then went on to receive his second after opening his own restaurant, “Benares” which showcases a modern Indian menu. He is also author of several highly successful Indian cookery books which have gained him a high profile reputation. In this interview, we talk about how Atul came to make a successful career in Indian food and the various dimensions of the cuisine.

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Hello! Welcome to Balle Balle food! My name is Monica and I’m here to blog about..surprise surprise..FOOD! I’m a college student currently majoring in Restaurant & Food Service Management so I think it’s a given that I’m into food. I cook a much as I can… about 2-3 times a day, 7 days a week. I owe it to my Mum for instilling those Punjabi home-cooked values in me! Stay posted for recipes, new ideas, restaurants, etc etc. Feel free to leave comments and ask questions.