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Johnny Depp-approved luxurious Indian restaurant to open in Leicester

The Hollywood actor said it was "the best curry [he'd] ever had."

Promising to be the most decadent dining experience in Leicestershire, Varanasi, the highly anticipated new Indian restaurant will feature a combination of luxurious surroundings, private dining and authentic Indian cuisine.


Heavily influenced by the opulence often seen in Dubai, the highly ‘Instagrammable’ restaurant brand – already famous in Birmingham for hosting many high-profile celebrities, including Johnny Depp – aims to give guests an unparalleled Indian dining experience.


The capacity of the restaurant is vast with 160 seats, including two stunning private dining rooms located at the rear of the venue. The flexibility of the space makes it perfect for all types of occasions, from intimate date nights to large celebrations. Applications have also been submitted for outdoor seating.

Varanasi is named after the city regarded as the spiritual capital of India. The restaurant will serve both North and South-inspired Indian food, expertly crafted by some of the industry’s leading chefs.

Menu items include Kasturi chicken tikka with caramelised pineapple chutney, tandoori wild king prawn with spicy beetroot ketchup, but also features their famous curry bowls and biryani dishes. Tempting dessert options include a tiramisu torte with mango drizzle, and coconut panna cotta. Vegan and vegetarian items are also available.

Diners can also relax in the elegant cocktail bar, filled with beautiful candle-lit lanterns and a specially designed waterfall. The menu offers unique cocktails and mocktails, such as Coconut Passion, Mango Mule, Rose Petal Martini and an Indian Spiced Mai Tai, alongside all the classics.

A spokesperson for the restaurant commented: "After the success of Varanasi in Birmingham, it was time to expand and we saw the multi-cultural and diverse city of Leicester as the perfect place to expand our fine dining experience."

Varanasi Leicester opens its doors on Thursday, February 15 for a soft launch. From Friday, February 16 their full menu will be available. A Saturday and Sunday lunch service will also commence shortly.

Leicester's Varanasi is located at 87-91 High Street, LE1 4JB.

Its opening hours are Mondays to Thursdays 6pm-11pm and Fridays to Sundays 5pm-11pm.


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