Benjarong – Dusit Thani Dubai

Benjarong - interiors
Benjarong – interiors
Thai desserts at Benjarong Dusit Thani
Thai desserts at Benjarong Dusit Thani

After years of passing by the iconic building of Dusit Thani Dubai on sheikh Zayed road, I am finally inside this hotel for a treat to Thai cuisine at Benjarong which transports you to a royal home in Thailand, offering you some authentic piece of Thai cuisine with views of the majestic sheikh zayed road from your dining table, along with traditional music as well as live performance of classical dance which enhances your fine dining experience at Benjarong.

Live entertainment - Thai classic dance at Benjarong
Live entertainment – Thai classic dance at Benjarong
Benjarong - interiors
Benjarong – interiors
Benjarong - interiors
Benjarong – interiors
Sheikh zayed road view
Sheikh zayed road view

The restaurant is located on the 24th floor of Dusit Thani hotel. As soon as the Elevator opens there was a lady already waiting to welcome us to the restaurant. The interiors are definitely royal and exquisite. They have different types of dining hall including a special private dining space where you will actually sit on the floor and have the cuisine. Throughout our dinner we had the background thai music being played and once in a while there was an artist who would be performing a classical dance to the tune of the background music. I love the traditional thai roof at Benjarong.

Our dining table at Benjarong Dusit Thani
Our dining table at Benjarong Dusit Thani
Drinks from Left: Thai her juice (lemongrass) - dhs 28, Pina Colada - dhs 38, Shirley temple - dhs 32
Drinks from Left: Thai her juice (lemongrass) – dhs 28, Pina Colada – dhs 38, Shirley temple – dhs 32
Kids get complimentary faber-castell color pencils and coloring book
Kids get complimentary faber-castell color pencils and coloring book

For drinks besides the usual ones, they had a special category called the thai herb juices where each type of herb juice had it’s own benefits like betterment for the skin, heart, immune system, digestion, vitamins, sour throat, nausea etc. For their mocktails listing I definitely would recommend the red shirley temple which was 7up with grenadine and a cherry, sounded simple but was a thirst quencher. The pina colada was just ok, I’d say I’ve had better ones than this one.

Five kinds of assorted Benjarong appetizers: fish cake, rice cracker, shrimp parcel, vegetable spring roll and chicken pandanus - dhs 119
Five kinds of assorted Benjarong appetizers: fish cake, rice cracker, shrimp parcel, vegetable spring roll and chicken pandanus – dhs 119
Chicken tom yum soup with mushroom, lemongrass,m fresh chili and roasted chili paste flavored with lime juice - dhs 60
Chicken tom yum soup with mushroom, lemongrass,m fresh chili and roasted chili paste flavored with lime juice – dhs 60
Spicy mango salad with shallot and chili oil - dhs 58
Spicy mango salad with shallot and chili oil – dhs 58

The starters were the best part for me at Benjarong. The warm tom yum soup was top class and the tangy spicy mango salad was a delicious one. You just couldn’t stop with a spoon or two. The assorted Benjarong appetizers was a beautiful platter filled with 5 different appetizers with 2 piece of each and my favourite pick would be the shrimp parcel. The dippers were really good which actually gave a nice touch to the appetizer.

Green chicken curry with Tahi eggplant and sweet basil leaves - dhs 82 , steamed jasmine rice - dhs 22
Green chicken curry with Tahi eggplant and sweet basil leaves – dhs 82 , steamed jasmine rice – dhs 22
Crispy battered soft shell crab topped with lemongrass and black pepper sauce - dhs 125
Crispy battered soft shell crab topped with lemongrass and black pepper sauce – dhs 125
Phad Thai - stir fried thai rice noodles with tofu, bean sprouts, ground peanuts and tamarind sauce - veg & egg - dhs 62
Phad Thai – stir fried thai rice noodles with tofu, bean sprouts, ground peanuts and tamarind sauce – veg & egg – dhs 62

The soft shell crabs were so damn crispy that you could hear it as you bite them. The black pepper sauce that came along with it was a little dominating in taste. The phad thai was one of the best I’ve had. The green chicken curry was one of their most famous curries and you could tell it’s a good one. Although I felt the chicken could have been cooked better. The curry alone was a tantalizing one for sure.

Coconut ice cream with roasted peanuts - dhs 42
Coconut ice cream with roasted peanuts – dhs 42
sticky rice flavoured with pandanus and served with mango - dhs 50
Sticky rice flavoured with pandanus and served with mango – dhs 50

Although I am not a big fan of thai desserts, their homemade coconut ice cream is something that you need to try which tasted really fresh and irresistible. I thought it was even better than their signature sticky rice dessert. Infact, I was having the ice cream along with the sticky rice which made the sticky rice taste even better.

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