Its ancient name, Kashi (meaning 'light' or brightness"), was associated with a kingdom of the same name some 2,500 years ago.
The Buddha gave his first sermon in nearby Sarnath in 528 BCE, and since ancient times 'The City of Light' has been an important center of Hindu devotion, pilgrimage, mysticism, poetry and music. The city has similar significance for India's Sikh, Jain and Islamic traditions. It is also known for its syncretic tradition of Muslim artisanship, including muslin and silk fabrics, ivory works,
perfumes and sculptures, and as a center of education.
The name Benares thus evokes the grandeur and diversity of Indian culture in a single word. And so, to experience the rich culinary traditions of the Indian sub-continent, it seemed only appropriate for us to make our own pilgrimage to Benares - a restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 13 featuring Modern Indian Cuisine.
On arriving we were served Zarate Albariño 2020 (Salnez Valley, Rías Baixas DO, Galicia, Spain) as an aperitif (along with a selection of beers we enjoyed throughout the meal). Wine Spokesman Jim Morrison noted that Bodegas Zarate is a recognized leader among Rías Baixas wine makers, having pioneered the production of high-quality Albariños in the mid-20th century. The eponymous unoaked Zarate Albariño is an "entry level" offering, made from grapes grown in 10 different plots in Val do Salnes with sandy granite soils and vines averaging 35 years old. It is characteristically crisp and refreshing, with high acidity that helps it hold its own over time. It received a 93 point rating from James Suckling.
Our Modern Indian Culinary Journey started with The Teaser: Chicken Tikka Doughnut served on Makhana Soil with Makhani Espuma. Food Spokesman Vernon Johnson, who was new to Indian food, wisely enlisted the support of a waiter to help with pronunciations and meanings as he reviewed the extensive menu. The presentation