Launch event: Indian fine dining at Varanasi

If there’s one thing that Birmingham excels at, it has to be Indian food. This new Indian fine dining restaurant, Varanasi, has claimed the title of the biggest restaurant in Birmingham seating over 500 covers with renovation costs of over £4 million. I was invited along to the launch event  to see what this establishment had to offer.

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical of Varanasi’s Broad street location at first – a fine dining restaurant located on Broad Street of all places? But, I can now assure you that it sits proudly alongside award-winning Indian restaurant Pushkar and the Japanase rooftop restaurant, Rofuto, managing to transport you a world away once inside.

Modelled over famous London eateries such as Hakkasan and Buddha Bar, this luxurious restaurant is situated over three floors, two of which are underground. This restaurant is very much about an experience with luxury private dining rooms, cocktail bars on each floor, furniture imported from as far as Dubai and gold leaf hand-painted artwork throughout.

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The food menu has been curated by Michelin star chef Alfred Prasad and, whilst listening to the sumptuous sounds of a pianist, we were treated to delicious little canapés such as chicken tikka morsels marinaded in spiced yoghurt served with mint and coriander chutney. If these canapés are reflective of the restaurant menu then this establishment is certainly onto a winner.

This is by no means an inexpensive restaurant with curry dishes on the menu costing approximately £20 excluding accompaniments. Vegetarian options however, are far more reasonably priced. Unfortunately we didn’t get to taste the ‘The Jewel of Varanasi’ – a £500 cocktail served in a crystal brandy balloon filled with Hennesey Paradis, Grand Marnier, vanilla pods, quails egg, lemongrass syrup and topped with an edible flower, black truffle shaving and 24 carat gold leaf. One for the next visit!

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Details: Varanasi, 184 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1DA. Tel: +44 (0) 121 633 3700

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*DISCLOSURE: ALL FOOD AND DRINK WAS COMPLIMENTARY (THANK YOU DELICIOUS PR!). HOWEVER, I WAS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE A POSITIVE REVIEW.

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