There are equal places in our hearts for both street food and fine dining – sometimes only a ridiculously melty gourmet cheese toastie will do, and other times we just need a little more refinement. But what if a Michelin-starred chef tackled street food? Would it be as satisfying as the kerbside version?
Critically acclaimed Mayfair restaurant Benares is introducing a street food inspired menu of five small plates but rather than burgers and bao buns, think chicken tikka crispy naan and pickled prawn with crispy rice pani puri – this is Indian street food. Each dish is inspired by a different region of India so as well as the two above (from the Punjab region and Mumbai respectively) you can try a lamb kofta roll with mint and coriander salad from Lucknow, grilled curry leaf seabass and seasonal salad from Goa and quinoa salad with samphire and red onion bhaja from Kolkata. Not completely random, each dish has been created by a different Benares chef honouring the cuisine of their hometown, giving them an opportunity to be creative and nostalgic but with a gastronomic twist. Michelin-starred dining just got a whole lot more familiar.
The Benares street food menu will be served for lunch and dinner from 12th September until Christmas
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