Wednesday, March 21, 2007
An affordable palace dining
For decades Benjarong has been a culinary landmark in Bangkok, a recent revisit confirmed its status as one of the most established eateries serving authentic royal Thai cuisine an ancient chef in a royal kitchen would have prepared the same. Benjarong not only earns countless credits from local and worldwide food critics, but also received the pride to provide the members of the Royal family dinner the superb royal Thai touch.
The restaurant in elegant surrounding with outdoor dining overlooking the sparkling waterfall from the patio, offers a comprehensive selection of excellent dishes. My all time favorite is the Hor-mok goong-mankrong, this steamed curry souffle in banana leaf cup (hor-mok) is usually blended with minced fish while the Benjarong version is mixed with minced lobster. Freshness of lobster meat and the aroma of Thai herbs mingled with prik chee fa chilies made the souffle so remarkable.
My appertizer was Khanom jeep Thai (minced pork wrapped in rice flour dumpling). Main dishes were Chuchee kam-poo (crab claw in red curry sauce), Pla kapong tord phad nam ma-kam (deep-fried seabass in sweet and sour tamarind sauce), Phad pak yod mara (stir-fried bitter gourd stem), Tomyum goong (spicy and sour prawn soup with Thai herbs), accompanied with Khao ob sapparot (baked seafood fried rice in whole pineapple, yellow curry infused) and Phad Thai goong-sod (Pad Thai noodle with fresh prawn).
Benjarong is the perfect venue for entertaining friends and business associates, as well as dining alone. It is one of my most favorite hotel's Thai restaurants in town. Thais, equally as important as the taste in each recipe is the presentation. There, dishes are served in intricately designed and hand painted Banjarong crockery made from fine bone China after which the restaurant is named - Benjarong.
Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine ****
Dusit Thani Hotel
946 Rama IV Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Open daily : lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, dinner 6 - 10 pm
Pay (food only for two): expect THB 2,500