Benjarong’s breed of ‘Royal Thai’ cuisine isn’t bad, but as the flagship restaurant of the Dusit Hotel, a brand fairly well equated with expert Thai hospitality, you expect something special 7 Reviews
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Is it possible for a restaurant to be too serene? The live music is so meditative you can hear yourself healing, the staff talk so quietly you think you’re in a library, and the wooden pillars and ceramic tiling of the temple-style decor scream tranquility at every turn. There’s nothing wrong with creating such a haven of wellness, but the problem with Benjarong is that the food threatens to send you to sleep too.
Benjarong’s breed of ‘Royal Thai’ cuisine isn’t bad, but as the flagship restaurant of the Dusit Hotel, a brand fairly well equated with expert Thai hospitality, you expect something special. The tom kha gai soup features a deliciously light coconuty broth, but it is let down by chewy pieces of chicken, while the yam pla duk, a crispy catfish salad with mango, is a slight disappointment. The meagre helping of fish is rock-hard and near tasteless, and the whole Dhs41 salad smacks of dryness. The pad thai could also do with a little more life – a quartet of accompanying condiments help shake it out of its slumber – while the fish red curry, although nicely spiced and chock-full of vegetables, only contains a couple of fish balls. The vegetarian dish with bean curd, chunks of aubergine, cherry tomatoes and pineapple offers a touch more pizzazz, and there’s no questioning the quality of the authentic Thai desserts. Benjarong is by no means a bad restaurant – we’ve had far worse Thai food in Dubai – but we get the feeling that the restaurant, as well as the customers, is currently sleepwalking.
By Time Out Dubai
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