Varanasi doesn’t do things by half. Spread out over three floors, this isn’t just the largest restaurant in Birmingham (seating an impressive 350 covers), it’s also quite possibly the most breath-taking venue we’ve had the pleasure of eating in. Dining spaces are split between opulent atriums with red velvet chairs below ceilings of glistening chandeliers, and elegant private rooms tucked behind secret doorways with their dominant banquet tables. Antiques and sculptures are artfully positioned throughout the spaces, finding their homes on pieces of antique furniture with hand-painted motifs crafted in gold leaf. Elsewhere, magnificent mirrors further enhance the grandeur of the space, adding extra depth and light to the space. It’s a captivating and theatrical setting; an awe-inspiring space to visit let alone eat at.
The food much resembles the venue itself, reflecting its intricacies in delicately plated dishes. Inspired by Indian flavours and fragrant spices, Varanasi present a fine dining menu curated by industry-leading chefs. It’s offering continually evolves to give them space to rework old favourites whilst experimenting with new dishes that jump on and off as the seasons change. On our visit, the Machar Jhol bowl curry was up their with our favourite eats: a spicy fish curry seasoned with turmeric, garlic, onions, and grated ginger. The Tawa sea bream was also a highlight and was served beautifully on a tidy portion of spiced green peas and drizzled with a kokum sauce. And to finish, the Ras malai (a long-standing favourite by Wriggle founder Rob) is a winner. But whatever you chose, you’re in for a treat; there’s a real dedication to each and every dish that ensures flavours are perfectly balanced, and the plating is a masterful work of art.
Varanasi also boasts three cocktails bars scattered throughout their venue. Here you’ll find all sorts of libations, from classic cocktails to Varanasi specialities. Every sip includes the highest quality of spirits and packs an alcoholic kick. It’s the perfect way to start a visit.
Luxurious and creative, the team behind Varanasi have succeed in creating a dining experience like no other.