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!