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The Varanasi Chefs is named after a city of Northern India called Varanasi, also known as Banaras. The city of Banaras is situated on the west bank of the holiest of all Indian rivers, the Ganga or Ganges. The relationship between the sacred river and the city is the essence of Varanasi - 'the land of sacred light'. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Mark Twain, the American author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote: "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

The Varanasi Chefs endeavours to bring the cooking tradition of Banaras and other parts of India to Battersea. They offer the varied delicious tastes and cuisines of India, from homes, wayside stalls and palaces presented in style, retaining its authentic nature. Real Indian cuisine – which is the specialty of the Varanasi Chefs – is distinctive. It is exotic, aromatic and flavourful, relying on a subtle blend of herbs and spices, and provides an interesting contrast with Curries – the sauce based foods, Chats - the Indian street foods and with Tandoori- the clay oven foods. Not to be forgotten the Mo Mo – the local delicacy of Darjeeling.

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Phil said "Fantastic
Fantastic food"
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Sir said "Why would you???
Soulless, empty (Thursday night). Manager just kept checking his watch making us feel like not..."
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Gadgetdave said
" Great service top food friendly staff, will be back"
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Bsrat said "We will go again!
The food was great: very tasty, the fried courses, such as samosa and squid, are not too greasy..."
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Sarah said "Good Food
This is a very good quality Indian, they use fresh ingredient and the food is brilliant.
..."
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"We've been here three times and loved each meal. The dishes are really unusual - The Lamb Mo..."
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"Being avid fans of Indian cuisine, my friends and I enjoy searching for the ultimate restaurant..."
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"This is when the Tastecard comes into its own. Chose Varanasi as we could use the card and it is..."
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"We ate here this evening and are big fans of Indian food and think this is the no.1 Indian..."
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"Amazing food - particularly the lamb dishes. The service is outstanding too. We've become..."
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"Really good food, very friendly service. Menu has a good range of unusual curries and plenty of..."
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"Great food and good service, cannot recommend highly enough. The Biryani is well worth a try...."
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"Good food and good service. Have been twice and would recommend ordering food that is..."
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"This really is a stunningly good establishment and we booked following glowing reports from..."
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  • Phil said: "Fantastic
    Fantastic food "
    Posted 6 months, 26 days ago...
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  • Sir said: "Why would you???
    Soulless, empty (Thursday night). Manager just kept checking his watch making us feel like not wanted and wished we would go at 10.30.far far better options locally
    . AVOID "
    Posted 1 year, 8 months ago...
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  • Gadgetdave said:
    " Great service top food friendly staff, will be back "
    Posted 1 year, 11 months, 17 days ago...
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  • Bsrat said: "We will go again!
    The food was great: very tasty, the fried courses, such as samosa and squid, are not too greasy and they are delicious! Our main courses where also very yummy (veg curry and chicken korma). The staff was attentive, polite and we were served very fast. The food is not too pricey and if you have a tastecard you will have a great dinner at a very affordable price. Try and enjoy! "
    Posted 2 years, 1 month, 29 days ago...
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  • Sarah said: "Good Food
    This is a very good quality Indian, they use fresh ingredient and the food is brilliant.

    I have been here a couple of times, once without the tastecard and one with. Prices are average with other Indians in London. A real little gem. "
    Posted 3 years, 6 months, 14 days ago...
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  • "We've been here three times and loved each meal. The dishes are really unusual - The Lamb Mo Mo starter is similar to Japanese Gyoza, but stuffed with fragrant Lamb, while the Papri Chat is a crisp semolina biscuit with Yoghurt and spices - Yum! Most of the dishes on the menu are ones I've not seen elsewhere, but each is described in detail - and we've yet to be disappointed. The Staff are friendly and helpful, without being over-attentive, and there is a good wine list. Prices are very little above what you'd pay at a bog-standard Curry House - although the danger is that with so many interesting things on the menu, you'll order more than you can comfortably eat! This end of the High Street is not as trendy as Battersea Square - but well worth seeking out, especially with Chez Manny just a few doors away too! Neil "
    Posted 4 years, 5 months, 13 days ago...
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  • "Being avid fans of Indian cuisine, my friends and I enjoy searching for the ultimate restaurant that can deliver on all aspects of the dining experience. After sampling most of the Indian restaurants in Battersea, we have repeatedly returned to Varanasi - often with a new friend who leaves as another fan. The food choices are original and varied. The menu takes influences from North and South India to combine a wonderful selection of tongue-tingling courses. I would recommend trying something new from the menu as these dishes are definitely the highlights. As for the service, this is a major factor in why we come back to this place so often. Attentive without being invasive and always friendly. We LOVE this place. SD "
    Posted 4 years, 7 months, 17 days ago...
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  • "This is when the Tastecard comes into its own. Chose Varanasi as we could use the card and it is in Battersea. What an amazing find! Wonderful, varied, fresh food served by absolutely delightful staff. Better tasting than most of the "posh" places we have been to and we will be back again this weekend. Decor is a little dated but the food and service are outstanding. "
    Posted 4 years, 9 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "We ate here this evening and are big fans of Indian food and think this is the no.1 Indian restaurant we have tried. The food was fabulous - really interesting, fresh tasting, unusual starters and delicious, original main courses. The Peshwari naan was also the best we have ever tasted! The staff were all very friendly, attentive and polite. Make sure you try this restaurant as you will find the prices as reasonable as any other Indian restaurant but the food much better! Lucy   "
    Posted 5 years, 3 months, 9 days ago...
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  • "Amazing food - particularly the lamb dishes. The service is outstanding too. We've become regular customers - have been there around five times now and every time it's been wonderful. Tara   "
    Posted 5 years, 5 months, 4 days ago...
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  • "Really good food, very friendly service. Menu has a good range of unusual curries and plenty of fish options, very nice. Great value, even without tastecard! Ben   "
    Posted 5 years, 6 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "Great food and good service, cannot recommend highly enough. The Biryani is well worth a try. Jai   "
    Posted 5 years, 9 months, 28 days ago...
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  • "Good food and good service. Have been twice and would recommend ordering food that is non-standard to other restaurants of the same cuisine. We found the non-standard items to be a surprising delight. The poppadom condiments are high quality. Paulynne   "
    Posted 5 years, 10 months, 29 days ago...
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  • "This really is a stunningly good establishment and we booked following glowing reports from friends.  Four of us - including two who'd travelled from the south coast - enjoyed a really wonderful meal.  The choices on the menu were such that we selected a greater than normal variety of dishes in the certain knowledge that some food would return to the kitchen at the end of the meal.  WRONG!!!  My advice to those visiting Varnasi Chefs would be to wear loose-fitting clothes as you'll have difficulty in not eating all that's served.  This really is a magical environment and the waiting staff added greatly to the overall pleasure of a wonderful evening. Guy "
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  • Phil said: "Fantastic
    Fantastic food "
    Posted 6 months, 26 days ago...
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  • Sir said: "Why would you???
    Soulless, empty (Thursday night). Manager just kept checking his watch making us feel like not wanted and wished we would go at 10.30.far far better options locally
    . AVOID "
    Posted 1 year, 8 months ago...
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  • Gadgetdave said:
    " Great service top food friendly staff, will be back "
    Posted 1 year, 11 months, 17 days ago...
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  • Bsrat said: "We will go again!
    The food was great: very tasty, the fried courses, such as samosa and squid, are not too greasy and they are delicious! Our main courses where also very yummy (veg curry and chicken korma). The staff was attentive, polite and we were served very fast. The food is not too pricey and if you have a tastecard you will have a great dinner at a very affordable price. Try and enjoy! "
    Posted 2 years, 1 month, 29 days ago...
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  • Sarah said: "Good Food
    This is a very good quality Indian, they use fresh ingredient and the food is brilliant.

    I have been here a couple of times, once without the tastecard and one with. Prices are average with other Indians in London. A real little gem. "
    Posted 3 years, 6 months, 14 days ago...
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  • "We've been here three times and loved each meal. The dishes are really unusual - The Lamb Mo Mo starter is similar to Japanese Gyoza, but stuffed with fragrant Lamb, while the Papri Chat is a crisp semolina biscuit with Yoghurt and spices - Yum! Most of the dishes on the menu are ones I've not seen elsewhere, but each is described in detail - and we've yet to be disappointed. The Staff are friendly and helpful, without being over-attentive, and there is a good wine list. Prices are very little above what you'd pay at a bog-standard Curry House - although the danger is that with so many interesting things on the menu, you'll order more than you can comfortably eat! This end of the High Street is not as trendy as Battersea Square - but well worth seeking out, especially with Chez Manny just a few doors away too! Neil "
    Posted 4 years, 5 months, 13 days ago...
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  • "Being avid fans of Indian cuisine, my friends and I enjoy searching for the ultimate restaurant that can deliver on all aspects of the dining experience. After sampling most of the Indian restaurants in Battersea, we have repeatedly returned to Varanasi - often with a new friend who leaves as another fan. The food choices are original and varied. The menu takes influences from North and South India to combine a wonderful selection of tongue-tingling courses. I would recommend trying something new from the menu as these dishes are definitely the highlights. As for the service, this is a major factor in why we come back to this place so often. Attentive without being invasive and always friendly. We LOVE this place. SD "
    Posted 4 years, 7 months, 17 days ago...
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  • "This is when the Tastecard comes into its own. Chose Varanasi as we could use the card and it is in Battersea. What an amazing find! Wonderful, varied, fresh food served by absolutely delightful staff. Better tasting than most of the "posh" places we have been to and we will be back again this weekend. Decor is a little dated but the food and service are outstanding. "
    Posted 4 years, 9 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "We ate here this evening and are big fans of Indian food and think this is the no.1 Indian restaurant we have tried. The food was fabulous - really interesting, fresh tasting, unusual starters and delicious, original main courses. The Peshwari naan was also the best we have ever tasted! The staff were all very friendly, attentive and polite. Make sure you try this restaurant as you will find the prices as reasonable as any other Indian restaurant but the food much better! Lucy   "
    Posted 5 years, 3 months, 9 days ago...
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  • "Amazing food - particularly the lamb dishes. The service is outstanding too. We've become regular customers - have been there around five times now and every time it's been wonderful. Tara   "
    Posted 5 years, 5 months, 4 days ago...
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  • "Really good food, very friendly service. Menu has a good range of unusual curries and plenty of fish options, very nice. Great value, even without tastecard! Ben   "
    Posted 5 years, 6 months, 21 days ago...
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  • "Great food and good service, cannot recommend highly enough. The Biryani is well worth a try. Jai   "
    Posted 5 years, 9 months, 28 days ago...
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  • "Good food and good service. Have been twice and would recommend ordering food that is non-standard to other restaurants of the same cuisine. We found the non-standard items to be a surprising delight. The poppadom condiments are high quality. Paulynne   "
    Posted 5 years, 10 months, 29 days ago...
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  • "This really is a stunningly good establishment and we booked following glowing reports from friends.  Four of us - including two who'd travelled from the south coast - enjoyed a really wonderful meal.  The choices on the menu were such that we selected a greater than normal variety of dishes in the certain knowledge that some food would return to the kitchen at the end of the meal.  WRONG!!!  My advice to those visiting Varnasi Chefs would be to wear loose-fitting clothes as you'll have difficulty in not eating all that's served.  This really is a magical environment and the waiting staff added greatly to the overall pleasure of a wonderful evening. Guy "
    Posted 6 years ago...
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