Benares Mayfair is a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant located on Berkeley Square in one of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods.
With refined cooking and perfectly presented dishes at the heart, Executive Chef Sameer Taneja creates seasonally changing menus that draw on influences and spices from all corners of the subcontinent, to enhance rather than overwhelm the top-quality ingredients sourced from UK’s finest producers.
Named after India’s holy city, Benares marries tradition with daring modernity with hand-crafted furniture, water features, and an elegant, exotic interior.
Executive Chef: Sameer Taneja
Sameer Taneja is Executive Chef at Benares, London’s trail blazing Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. Using his classical training in French and Indian cuisine and 20 years’ experience working alongside some of the world’s best chefs, Sameer’s culinary style pairs high quality British ingredients with authentic Indian spices and techniques.
Sameer first joined the Benares Team in 2012 for six years and re-joined the restaurant in 2019. Under the leadership of Sameer, Benares regained its Michelin star in 2021 and has successfully retained for a consecutive year.
Mukesh Pandey - Assistant General Manager
A dedicated and passionate hospitality professional, Mukesh Pandey brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at Benares, since joining the restaurant in 2007. Always ready with a warm welcome for guests, he is responsible for maintaining the exceptionally high standards of the restaurant and ensuring the best customer experience.
Jeepson Lopes - Wine Buyer and Assistant General Manager
Jeepson joined the team in 2008 and has risen through the ranks on both the wine and management side of the business. He is responsible for managing and curating the 400+ strong wine list, showcasing the finest selection of Old and New World wines. Lopes meticulously hand-picks every bottle to perfectly complement the intricate spicing, rich sauces and delicate heat of the dishes. Look out for his frequent in-house tasting sessions and exclusive masterclasses.
Elroy Pereira - Head Pastry Chef
Elroy Pereira is Head Pastry Chef and has been instrumental in leading our pastry kitchen since 2013. Elroy ensures the smooth running of the pastry section championing the very best British ingredients with authentic Indian spices and techniques.
Lucio Muñoz - Head Sommelier
Lucio joined the team as a barback in 2016 before joining the sommelier team in 2018, and is responsible for managing all aspects of the wine program at Benares. From researching new trends and networking with suppliers to inventory control and staff training, his impressive knowledge and expertise ensures a constantly evolving wine list and impeccable customer service.