Renowned Michelin-Star Chef Atul Kochhar is best known for his London-based Michelin Starred Restaurant Benaras as well as the award-winning destinations Sindhu in Marlow (UK). Indian Essence in London (UK), Rang Mahal in Dubai and most recently Hawkyns in Amersham (UK), came back to cook in India after twenty-two long years. A long wait!
London chef Atul Kochhar brought his Michelin-starred Benares restaurant to Bengaluru for an exclusive one-night-only pop-up. An experience of a lifetime! It was, so marvellous to see Michelin-Starred Chef Atul Kochhar cook! I was honoured and excited to be part of exclusive pop-up @RitzCarlton.
Benares delivers acclaimed contemporary Indian cuisine as chic as its location in central Mayfair in London. The chef is putting progressive Indian cuisine on the map, and this restaurant also got Atul Kochhar his 2nd Michelin Star.
A myriad of flavours blends with the finest ingredients hand-picked by Michelin Chef Atul Kochhar for an experience that left me dazzled!
The best menu was breath-taking for sure, taking guests to a sublime high with dishes such as Pan Seared Scallop with Jhal Muri, grape and ginger dressing, chargrilled Scottish salmon with coconut and curry leaf sauce with the sweet master stroke – Rhubarb Bhapa Doi, Gulab Jamun Brulée.
The gala evening was the befitting finale to the three days Atul Kochhar experiential. Extravagance Overload: The one night only pop-up features a seven-course tasting menu, with separate offerings for vegetarians and non-vegetarians
Vegetarian Talk! I loved it! I’m proud to be a vegetarian. The vegetarian menu matched with a quinoa and black-eyed bean tikki, tandoori-spiced vegetable pie, and khumb moilee (edamame stuffed Portobello mushroom in a coconut and curry leaf sauce). For dessert, Kochhar served an inspired rhubarb bhapa doi with gulab jamun brulée. No words to express that! I was stunned with desserts. Heavenly Feeling! Something I never had before, Atul Kochhar was brilliant that night.
Experience to remember for a long time! Mechlin experience was DOPE!
Atul Kochhar Talk!
“In my restaurant, I’m confident of doing it. In Bengaluru, I partnered with Ritz-Carlton because I know the team, and Executive Chef Anupam Banerjee is an old friend who I have worked with.”
“This is the current tasting menu from Benares (England), so whatever is happening in London, you’re going to eat the same thing in Bengaluru” he explains.
“I use British ingredients and give them an Indian twist, and the menu reflects that,” says the chef.
“Rhubarb is an English vegetable, and though we grow it in India, it’s mainly for medicinal purposes rather than culinary consumption,” he states.
“It’s in season right now in London, so we decided to use it in the dessert. This menu brought the English seasons to India.”
About Atul Kochhar!
Indian born, British based chef, restaurateur and television personality. Kochhar is one of the most critically acclaimed chefs in Britain.
As the very first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, accomplished during his tenure as Head Chef at Tamarind in 2001, he then went on to open the highly acclaimed Benares Restaurant & Bar for which he was awarded another Michelin star in 2007. With regular return trips to his native country, India, Atul ensures that his creative dishes continually evolve and continue to surprise and delight the senses. He has had the honour to cook for Prince Charles at St. James’ Palace and was invited to meet Her Majesty, The Queen.
Benares Pop Up Restaurant at Ritz-Carlton Bangalore!