Benjarong

Benjarong

Authentic Thai food in the Dusit Hotel Reviews

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Christmas Day brunch on the 24th floor of the Dusit Thani. Dhs375 per person. (Thursday)

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011

Although the Dusit has been around a few years now, is this restaurant a little bit past it? Fortunately, this isn't the case. While the lighting can be a little bright (killing the ambience somewhat), the preponderance of wood, quiet live Thai music and slightly old-fashioned finishings lends it a traditional, homely feel. Most nights the place is busy with businessmen dining alone or together, as well as the odd married couple. The service is superb: waitresses are friendly and efficient but not overbearing, and laidback enough to give good advice and have a giggle.

And the food? The unique rice cracker and minced chicken with peanut sauce makes for a light but tasty appetiser, while a spicy prawn soup is loaded with flavour and gigantic tiger prawns. For the mains, the spice in the red duck curry with pineapple, grape and tomato will gradually crept up on you, while the Massanan chicken curry bears a hint of zing, and is not as thick and heavy as the same dish in lesser eateries. Our only advice is to watch how much you eat. The fare here is so good you’ll scoff far more than you realise and, in all likelihood, need a good lie down afterwards.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Romantic

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Posted by: KZ Pang on 08 Mar ' 13 at 20:21
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Food was excellent except the rice which is not thai. Other than that, worth to visit for a good dinner experience........

Posted by: Robin on 24 Mar ' 12 at 22:06
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I was born and raised in Bangkok as an Ex Pat kid. I Definitely know the difference. This place has it all, the True Thai flavors, ingredients, hospitality and service! I was blown away how good the food was, the ambient and the view was marvelous!!
The chefs and cooks were all from Thailand, they definitely know their stuff! I ordered like 6 dishes all to myself because I wanted to try as many as I can! Since the starter soup blew me away, so I started ordering the next, and the next..and the next..I wish I had two of me...so I can eat more, everything was so good! OMG!! The price was also very reasonable. You should really go try this gorgeous place out for your own.
I truly believe this place is good for many occasions, for a date, for family, or really any time! ;)
From the Executive Chef to servers! I felt very welcomed!
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, reminds me of being in Thailand! I will definitely come back and will tell everyone I know.

Posted by: Maan on 21 Nov ' 11 at 13:24
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Last Thursday I invited a friend – another good dining buff – to Benjarong Thai restaurant. The ambiance hits you as soon as you walk in you are greeted by an army of servers (maybe because we arrived just at opening dinner time). The restaurant was empty save for us but soon got packed with diners. The décor is a pleasant one elaborate but not pretentious bearing elaborate carvings and royal Thai colors that are really uplifting. The view from that high up (24th floor) is quiet nice.
Our waiter and waitress were quiet nice and did her best but were not entirely knowledgeable about the food and their English was not very good, but surely better than my Thai.
Soon the ambience was completed by soft live traditional Thai music played by a aldy artist in colorful festive dress and hat.

We ordered the lobster salad with pomelo and fruits as well as the minced beef salad. Though both were excellent, the lobster salad was out of this world! The lobster was very fresh tossed with pineapples, pomelo and melon in a spicy tangy dressing that left a clean taste and just tantalized the taste buds. Both salads came with traditional carved vegetable decorations that added to the aesthetic value.
The Tom Ka Gai – Chicken soup in coconut milk came next. It was the best I ever tasted so far! A perfectly balanced soup flavored with coriander, basil, lime juice, Thai lime leaves, lemon grass, chili and bound together in thick creamy coconut gravy that was just the right consistency. The chicken was tender and saturated with the flavors and just melted in your mouth. My only criticism is that it was cut a bit too large. But even the presentation was sublime as it came steaming hot and in exquisite bowls as the rest of the serving dishes.
The main course consisted of three different curries: thick red beef curry, yellow chicken curry with potatoes and green vegetable curry all served with steamed rice on the side.
The green curry was a bit disappointing. Although it had two varieties of eggplants (small and pea shaped), baby corn, snow pea-pods and bell peppers (we requested it without tofu), and the vegetables were cooked to perfection (done but still with considerable bite, it was a bit thin, when we complained the chef fixed it but it became more oily! Maybe the chicken green curry would have been a better choice
The red curry was entirely different though. It was one of the best I ever tasted, though thick, it was not heavy and the gravy was very tasty while the beef just melted in your mouth!
The yellow chicken curry with potatoes was yet better. It is actually one of the best yellow curries I have ever had! The chicken juicy and tender and the potato just melted in my mouth.
Surprisingly the presentation of all curries was a bit plain in terms of garnish.
There was no room left for dessert so we had to call it a night!
All in all, it was a lip smacking experience! The bill was not too bad as it came to DHs 439/- without tip. That’s about Dhs 220 per person.
I can’t wait to try their seafood as I noticed they had interesting dishes on the menu.

Posted by: Rutger van Drongelen on 02 May ' 11 at 19:42
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This evening (May 2-2011) We had dinner with our family (4 kids), the staff was very friendly and courteous, most of the staff was Thai (like it should be) and as you may expect from Thai people, they love to serve you. About the food I can only say - It was superb! Actually, the Thai kitchen is our favorite, we try to eat authentic Thai food all over the world, and believe me, we know where to go, but this experience in Dusit Thani Dubai (Benjarong on the 24th floor) was jawbreaking. Th Tom Yum Kai was the best we evr had, the rest was also fabulous. One small remark, the price for the noodles and fried rice was absolutely too high, for 6 people (4 portions) we had to pay 250 dirhams, and that is, copared to the rest of the food, way too high.

Further nothing than compliments, we will go back if we visit Dubai, that's for sure.

Posted by: Rutger van Drongelen on 02 May ' 11 at 19:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This evening (May 2-2011) We had dinner with our family (4 kids), the staff was very friendly and courteous, most of the staff was Thai (like it should be) and as you may expect from Thai people, they love to serve you. About the food I can only say - It was superb! Actually, the Thai kitchen is our favorite, we try to eat authentic Thai food all over the world, and believe me, we know where to go, but this experience in Dusit Thani Dubai (Benjarong on the 24th floor) was jawbreaking. Th Tom Yum Kai was the best we evr had, the rest was also fabulous. One small remark, the price for the noodles and fried rice was absolutely too high, for 6 people (4 portions) we had to pay 250 dirhams, and that is, copared to the rest of the food, way too high.

Further nothing than compliments, we will go back if we visit Dubai, that's for sure.

Posted by: Karin on 15 Apr ' 11 at 11:45
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

very good food and very good value for money

Posted by: Hussain on 16 Apr ' 09 at 13:16
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food!
Authentic Thai ambience...elegant setting.
Attentive service.
All in all definately one of the top hits of Dubai.

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