Located at the top of Broad Street by Grosvenor Casino, the venue is set on 3 floors, 2 of which are subterranean. It’s a sumptuously chic restaurant, with no expense spared to showcase a breath taking décor fit for a King.
The owner of Varanasi travelled the globe researching chic upmarket bars and the finest restaurants, from its interior design, how it operates and the food created, to find inspiration in to produce something Birmingham has not seen before.
The entrance to the restaurant is temple-like, with the entrance acting as a sentry post, guarded by a row of Buddhas standing to attention.
General Manager Pawan Chhabra says, “the team has spent the last two years working tirelessly to create an iconic restaurant for the Midlands. With gold leaf hand painted artwork throughout, we have strived to create an experience like no other. Varanasi can accommodate up to 500 covers so it really will be a jaw dropping restaurant for the city.”
The menu, which has been curated by Michelin-star chef, Alfred Prasad, is an impeccably presented, authentic, Indian, haute-cuisine menu.
There will be a premium drinks menu, with an extensive selection of Gins, Whiskeys and Rums and also boasting the Midlands most expensive cocktail ‘The Jewel of Varanasi.’
Priced at £500 its served in a crystal brandy balloon, and made with Hennesey Paradis, Grand Marnier, vanilla pods, quails egg, lemongrass syrup. Then shaken and served with an edible flower, black truffle shaving and 24 carat gold leaf.
Varanasi have 14 full-time chefs and have created an additional 40 part time and full time jobs. It also boasts two of the most luxurious private dining rooms you will see which can to accommodate up to 30 covers each.
The name Varanasi comes from an ancient city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh dating to the 11th century B.C. Varanasi is regarded as the spiritual capital of India, the city draws Hindu pilgrims from around the world to bathe in the Ganges River’s sacred waters. Along the city’s winding streets are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
With lots of fine dining Indian restaurants in Birmingham, Varanasi sets out not to be just another fine dining Indian restaurant, Varanasi aims to take the customer on a heavenly journey and dining experience both culinary and visually.