The Benares Club Restaurant
This restaurant and organic shop’s fabulous menu includes more than 40 varieties of European-quality cheese and more than 30 types of bread, cookies and cakes.
The partly-AC ambiance – with seating on cushions around low tables on the nonsmoking bottom floor, expansive views from the rooftop patio and live classical-music performances in the evenings – is spot on.
Pop in for the shockingly European breakfast buffet , a hearty burger or just for a chai and respite from the heat and hassle. Part of the profits go to the charity Learn for Life. Warning: not to be confused with the location across the street, abandoned by Micha, the 5th-generation German baker, but carried on by his local ex-partners. If there are not four floors and a rooftop and the phone number doesn’t match, you’re in the wrong place.
The Benares Club Bar
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