Benjarong is Dust Thani’s signature restaurant and it is definitely the best fine dine Thai restaurants in town. It is one of the best fine dine Thai restaurants in Dubai or if I may say that it is the best !
It is an authentic Thai experience from the time you walk in and incredibly attractive with a fine decor that has a very vintage look and feel however extremely classy and beautiful. The vibe of the place is more like a family run restaurant in Thailand rather than one in a famous hotel. Being on the 24th floor of the hotel, the view of the city makes this place even more impressive. They have authentic live music being played on a Thai Musical Instrument – the Ranat, I guess that it what it is called. The music is not one bit intrusive.
The staff here are excellent and are very courteous. Nelson the Restaurant Manager guided us through the experience by suggesting the best dishes in the menu based on our preference. Nelson is a wonderful person and is extremely passionate about his work and the restaurant itself. He told us about Chef Naruemol – a senior lady who used to be the chef for the Thai Royal Family. It was unfortunate that we did not get to meet her as she had to leave however were impressed with knowing what a perfectionist she is. Nelson also told us of meaning of the “Benjarong” and showed us one. This is a royal porcelain of Thailand and is now a show piece as it is delicate and expensive.
For the drinks, we had a Fresh Coconut water served in the coconut shell itself. It can’t get any more authentic than this. As we were just recovering from a cold, Nelson got us tea with a special recipe which was extremely soothing for the throat.
We started the experience with a Som Tum Thai, my all time favourite dish the papaya salad. I also called for a Tom Yum Gai Rue Goong, a chicken tom yum soup and I can say this was undoubtedly one of the best I have had so far. It had perfect flavour with soft pieces of chicken in it.
For the appetisers, we had the Khong Wang Ruammit Benjarong, five kinds of assorted appetisers which had the fish cake, rice crackers, shrimp parcel, vegetable spring rolls and we got the chicken pandanus replaced with chicken satay. This was a real treat with small portions of each starter but we got to try a lot more. The Chicken Satay and Shrimp parcel were my personal favourites. Actually I loved the fish cake too.
In the main course we had the Gaeng Kiew Wan, a green curry with vegetables and tofu. We called for a Steamed rice with this. This Thai Green curry was just so good that words can’t do justice to this. You just can’t miss this one when you are here.
For the dessert we called the famous Khao Neaw Mamuang, the sticky rice flavoured with pandanus and served with mango. This was truly exceptional. The rice was green in colour given the pandanus flavouring and it was mind blowing. The mangoes were sweet and went very well with the sticky rice.
I am really glad that I visited this restaurant and throughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you Nelson for the amazing hospitality and thank you team Benjarong for having us over. We were totally delighted and enjoyed every bit of the experience !