Benjarong a brand of Oriental Cusines Pvt Ltd (OCPL), was the oldest restaurant to bring Thai Food to the city. This has been people’s pick for ages and the quality and taste remain the same after years.
This was the first time at this restaurant and I loved the entire dining experience.
Ambience and service
There is a Buddha statue with lamps. The restaurant was lit beautifully. Care was taken to serve extremely fresh and hot food.
I have to specially mention this. It was pouring the minute I reached the restaurant. We had people bring us in with umbrellas and drop us back to the car the same way. This was an extremely sweet gesture.
1. Tom Kha (with a surprise) - Traditional Thai coconut cream soup with a tinge of lemongrass and chilli oil, served with prawn wantons. I enjoyed the burst of flavours and textures when I popped the huge piece of wanton in my mouth (You are not supposed to cut it, else you lose the surprise).
1. Tung Tung - Chicken, water chestnut and vegetables wrapped in wanton paper in the shape of tiny money bags or pouches. The mouth of the bag is wrapped tied with a lemongrass and then deep fried. The tung tung is served with sweet chilli sauce. You are supposed eat the whole piece! That's when you get to taste all the flavours. Don't be awed by the size, this just melts away :)
2. Grathong Thung Gai - Gai translates to chicken. Chicken is wok tossed with rice and pepper. The filling is served in cute little tartlets. (Do read up on how the tartlets are made! This small piece which vanishes within minutes takes hell a lot of time!). Soft and spicy filling with crunchy tarts.... the textures blend so well.
3. Poh Pia Sod Goong - Fresh rice papers are wrapped with vermicelli noodles, fresh vegetables, lemongrass and steamed prawns. This looks like a piece of art when it comes to your table. You can literally see the placement of ingredients inside the rice paper. The dish does not have any spices and has only the taste of the fresh vegetables and prawn. However this comes with a bean sauce, so you're supposed to dip the rolls in the sauce (let them soak) and then take a huge bite.
4. Goong Pakchi Le Prik - grilled prawns with coriander and chilli marinade rolled with zucchini . The prawns were succulent with flavours soaked. The zucchini added the texture to it!
1. Kaeng Gai - a huge piece of chicken leg buried in jasmine rice topped with egg. The combination of creamy chicken curry with spices and coconut milk, soft pieces of chicken and the jasmine rice is just
2. Drunken Noodles Gai - Flat noodles stir fried with chicken, bell pepper and basil leaves! Must order dish! This was my favourite
3. Khao Pahd Keow Wahn Gai - Don’t get overwhelmed by the name! Green curry (made with basil) fried rice with chicken. This is again served with a fried egg.
4. Mee Kati Gai - Vermicelli noodles, vegetables and shredded chicken are cooked with rich coconut milk and spices. The dish is served with chicken satays (tastiest).
1. Water Chestnuts in Sweetend Chilled Coconut Milk - Doesn’t that sound delicious? There’s a lot happening in your mouth when pop in a spoon of coconut milk and the water chestnuts.
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