Benares opens its doors to Nairobi

Aug 12, 2011 – Benares is not just about food, it is a rich man’s den. What you do not have wealth wise (and I’m not talking about money), please compensate with exquisite etiquette and sharp dress sense. Thank you.

Benares was officially opened last month, by owner Pili Jehti, who tried and tested the venue repeatedly beforehand with family, close friends and their friends.

It bears the same name as a holy city in the southern part of India.

Though you may not find gods there, you will find statues of Ganesh (look it up) and miniature candles with lights dancing around a group of lotus at the front door.

According to Pili, the dining there can be defined as modern continental Indian cuisine.

“There are a lot of Indian restaurants in Nairobi, and I was trying not to replicate what they do. I wanted something different. Nobody ever diversifies with Indian food, and I wanted to do something about that. After a lot of effort, I think I pulled it off.”

Everything is made to taste; the seats, the curtains, the cocktails, the shisha, the mutton, the prawns, the chicken and even the guest list at the opening.

Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, Joshua Kutuny, and Charles Keter were just a few of the dignitaries doing the rounds before dinner was served.

So to rock up at Benares, wear something a bit fancy, and make sure you have at least Sh1,500 in your possession for dinner and a drink. The food, cocktails and decor go down even better with a well chosen date.

So come now, don’t be rude. Let’s talk after dinner.

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You can find more information on Benares here.

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