Varanasi

4.3
60 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary Indian
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Birthdays
Set on 3 floors in a sumptuously chic restaurant, serving impeccably-presented authentic Indian haute cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Indian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 18:00 - 23:00
Friday - Sunday: 17:00 - 23:00
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Phone number
0121 633 3700
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wi-Fi available, Wine
What 60 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at varanasi restaurant for my birthday. What a fabulous and unique find. Blown away from the moment we stepped in. Pleasant and friendly welcoming. Entrance and as you go into the restaurant almost as though you have transitted into a restaurant in a different country. Decor and design is truly immaculate, classy, elegant and completly different to what i have seen in birmingham. Food absloutly outstanding, exceptionally tasty, flovours and spices just right and moctails very nice. A special thank you to the waiting team who served us with such professionalism, friendliness, made us feel so important, thank you also for bringing out the cake and singing happy birthday you can actually sing guys. We loved our evening, thank you to the waiter for giving us a tour of the restaurant we loved the private dining rooms very equisite and luxurious, we are looking to hold a christmas party so we will most definently will be back.

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B
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was ok, but not great for the price you paid.

The restaurant is really nice.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Starters AMAZING
Main course tasted less than fresh so AVERAGE
Ambience amazing
Presentation 10/10

Recommend +++

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My review is rather late, my friend and I visited a month ago and was one of the best Indian meals I’ve had in a long time. As a chef myself I was extremely impressed with not only the presentation but the depth of flavour. We need this in London! Was a lovely dinning experience

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JD
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible find. You need to walk in to believe it’s there!

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AB
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining here is like being transported into another world, with all the sights, smells and taste experiences. The ambience and service is perfect.

Delicious and well presented food, with a wide variety of different dishes to suit many different tastes. Good variety of vegetarian dishes too.

Waiting staff very attentive and helpful and can recommend dishes to suit your taste.
The whole experience is a real treat.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

We came to this restaurant in celebration of our anniversary.the table was booked for 8 PM. We arrived on time and our welcome was pleasant. We were seated promptly and ordered our starters and mains pretty quick. I’m disappointed to say It came to around 9:15 PM and we had not yet received starters to our surprise We were not approached or notified of any issue or delay dues to being extremely hungry and hot Me and my husband came very close to leaving the restaurant with out any food. Finally after speaking to a waiter Our food was brought out within five minutes. It was only when I mentioned our long wait that we were even paid any attention, The service was very disappointing. Due to waiting so long we were not even offered any complimentary drinks or appetisers.
Thankfully when the food did finally arrive it was very tasty, but for the standard this restaurant is trying to achieve they definitely need to up the attentiveness.
Lastly I’d like to add how out of place the music played in this place is, for such a classy setting the music really did not set a mood, this needs to be rectified,quickly.

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L
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience, food and service

Highly recommend

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredibly impressive experience from start to finish. Wasn’t sure what to expect as Broad zstreet can offer some weird and wonderful things. But truly outstanding. Food and service was second to none. Needs to be experienced.

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s
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, with very well informed attentive service...not my first visit, certainly not my last

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PK
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an incredible place. Great atmosphere set over 3 floors and each floor is a different experience. We were served by "H" mainly and he was knowledgeable, enthusiastic but also left you alone to enjoy the experience. Overall, fantastic food, fantastic service and a fantastic experience. Looking forward to visiting again, next time in Birmingham.

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B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu was a huge hit with my guests. Absolutely what Birmingham needed. No other Indian restaurant can match this place.

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ZT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food and lovely staff! The food had so much flavour and taste, really enjoyed it

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TC
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lavish interiors,delicious food,only criticism food portions too small.

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PS
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was very nice and cosy. Absolutely lovely decor and classy. Staff were attentive and very friendly. Excellent service. Definitely coming back.

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B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab interior and my dinner for the evening was a Delicious Malabari fish , leavened bread. presentation was immaculate.

A must for Indian foodies wanting to experience authentic rich and delicate tastes.

By far the most delightful service by H.

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m
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but expensive Worth traveling there. Good ambiance

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JR
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Breathtaking.. I had taken some clients to this venue from Dubai and even they were impressed! I have seen mixed reviews on this venue, but I’m not sure where they found fault. My experience was faultless, ambiance, food service was of the highest order! I have already booked again for next week with my family... my new favourite, Birmingham don’t really appreciate what they have, Embrace it!

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AW
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and ambience.
Perfect for any occasion. Food was the best I have ever had. Reminded me of my trip to India.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service is very very poor it 40 min to get our drink.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was lovely.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We went on Valentine’s Day. The food itself was nice, but the service was awful, the waiter’s seemed to be running around a lot, perhaps the place was understaffed. Our drinks were late, twice. We’d order them was before the meal and we’d get them after we’d finish eating! We asked for ketchup and had to chase that up twice. We asked a waiter a query about whether we could order a side which wasn’t on the menu, and he never came back to us! The bill came to over £100 for a set menu which definitely was not good value for what we got.

The place is picturesque in that the decor is lovely, and they had a live band which was a nice touch, but considering it was Valentine’s Day, they didn’t make much effort to decorate the place with roses or balloons, it was pretty bland.

Generally disappointed, wouldn’t go back. Our table waiter was very pleasant though, so have now complaints about him.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Though restaurant search told us Varanasi had availability and booked on line 30mins before reservation when arrived at restaurant were told that they didn’t have a table as it was busy and we would have to wait!

They offered us 2 round tables pushed together. Think they need to update online booking as their availability said there was a table every 15 mins.

20 mins later they did find us a larger round table and offered us a round of drinks as a peace offering.

Apart from that the evening was enjoyable and Abdul our waiter was fantastic.

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London
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best indiant food I've had! Stunning interior every dish ordered was full of flavour, i will definitely revisit

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A
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally amazed with this find!!! Was staying in the park Regis hotel and googled places to eat so glad we found this a total gem will defenatly return. You will not expect what you get amazing 👍

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B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal once again. The waiter remembered exactly how I liked my food. The team is supported to the highest of standards when it comes to service and the chefs produce the best Indian food in Birmingham. No other restaurant rivals the ambience and setting. Beats any other Indian restaurant hands down.

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R
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It started off well, the decor was amazing and then menus didn't look too bad. We ordered our starters and although they were small, they were enough. When it came to ordering a main we wanted to order about 5 dishes as there was 7 of us and wanted to share, the waiter told us we had to order a main each. He said that this was stated in their terms and conditions on their website, which it wasn't. So we ordered the 'correct' amount. One of the waiters said he would speak to us when we had finished as he didn't want to 'spoil our meal'

When he came over we asked to see the terms and conditions and of course there wasn't any. Then we were told that it's a fine dining restaurant like 'Adams and Simpsons' and that we would be expected to do the same there. As we were unhappy he said he would take off the service charge, which of course everyone knows is optional.

I then went to speak to the waiter away from the table and he asked me to step into a 'hidden' part of the restaurant. I explained why I was unhappy and his response was very rude. I asked that if he was going to be rude then we should step out into the restaurant where there are witnesses. His response was that he would get security to escort me off the building.

I didn't want the service charge taken off and I didn't want a discount or a free dessert. I wanted the 'fine dining' restaurant to admit they were in the wrong and state such things on the website/ menus so people are aware of what is expected in such an overly priced restaurant that clearly is not fine dining. We would not have been treated in such a way at any other restaurant.

Go to Pushkars instead, food, prices, drinks, atmosphere and staff are amazing!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stunning restaurant!! With amazing staff and food. Had my 21st birthday here, and i was blown away. I will 10000% be coming back to this restaurant. Pompadoms and dips were extremely pricey, we thought they were complimentary and we had three between 8 of us. But overall excellent place.

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B
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restauran is incredible and the food really good.

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Manchester
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was too slow and got some of the orders wrong.

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a
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

perfect setting, great service and discretion was held at all time. truly impressed and will be returning.

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Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant offering great food, great service and a fabulous interior.

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Q
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal here albeit quite expensive, however the price reflects the high standards this restaurant has. The service was impeccable and the staff were very friendly and welcoming.
I would definitely recommend this establishment to friends and family.

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HN
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, great food. Haven't been disappointed at all with every one of my experiences!

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Over-all a wounderful expereience here! I took my parnter as a surprise to celebrate his new job as a Chef in Finland, his mind was blown...the carrott cake is TO DIE FOR, we attempted making it at home but can't get it right ! The design was well thought and is very elegent. All staff are very attentive and made our night very special.

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B
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had previously dined here and decided to take my work colleagues for a get together.
They were all shocked to discover such a restaurant even exists in Birmingham.
The talented chefs created some new dishes for us as a taster and they were just amazing. We all agreed that it was the best fine dining experience we have ever had in an Indian restaurant. All the dishes were cooked to perfection and there was a clear distinction between them. We ended our evening at the cocktail bar as the restaurant got full within minutes after 7.30pm... fabulous recommendation to connoisseurs of Indian haute cuisine. Awaiting our next visit soon as the ambience is just surreal.

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O
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Third time unlucky. We went twice before and it was excellent so decided to go for brother in law's birthday .. kept waiting for 30 mins despite having huge numbers of empty tables. Food tool over an hour to come and main was served whilst we were still eating starters. Food quality was a let down .... What's happened ?? Food used to be excellent but now is fairly generic Indian. Poor. And a shame won't be going back

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CD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The food and restaurant was lovely. We came for my birthday celebration.
But the service was far from it, we have to wait 10 minutes for the menu a further 10 for order to be taken. We ordered a wine which arrived that wasn't the same year as on menu and was advised it would be the same price despite being from a different year. Ordered another to be told the same. This arrived after our food arrived. Had to ask several times for bill.
Problem was there was too many people serving us. Really need floor management to prevent communication issues.
If you please organise your service better this place would be excellent. But until then, it's far from it.
Bad experience for a birthday celebration.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A true gem of a place, stunning and the service impeccable, would definitely be recommending this place.

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S
Hong Kong
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Food was top notch, service beyond expectations, wonderful ambience. Bathrooms were as clean as in a five star hotel.

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