As a post Christmas treat I booked a table at Benares- Atul Kochhar’s michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair. What a treat!!!
The restaurant is really gorgeous- the decor beautiful, service impeccable and the food truly delicious. I would definitely say this was one of the best meals I have ever had.
For starters I had soft shelled crab with white crabmeat and coronation slaw. I had never had this kind of crab before (maybe a little squeamish?!?) but it was crisp, full of flavour, and utterly lovely. Colin had a little chicken tikka pie- fragrant and spicy, with a tomatoey sauce on the side.
My main course was superb! Prawns, squid and razor clams with tomatoes, spices and baby leeks. Colin’s looked and smelled amazing- duck with a 3 bean vindaloo and spicy matchstick potatoes.
And, wow, dessert was a showstopper….
My dessert was a pear and quince millefeuille, crisp and fragrant with the quince. Colins was a yulelog, but I have never seen a yulelog like that before!!!
With a great bottle of Portuguese wine to wash it all down I can honestly say this was a thoroughly lovely experience. And after a very tiring few weeks this was definitely what the doctor ordered.
Now, what to make for New Year???
Looks wonderful! Sounds even more wonderful! And, let’s face it, extremely well deserved. What a treat! Perhaps a packet of pork scratchings for New Year? !!! Love to you both, Barbara xx