Benjarong – Dusit Thani – Abu Dhabi

Benjarong - Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
Benjarong – Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
LIVE traditional thai music - Benjarong Abu Dhabi
LIVE traditional thai music – Benjarong Abu Dhabi

Benjarong is a restaurant that brings Thai to Life in UAE. Everything about this restaurant from hospitality, interiors to cuisine don’t disappoint and you really feel like eating in Thailand being at Benjarong. There is not better place to find Benjarong that in a Thai inspired Five Star hotel, Dusit Thani. Infact we had already been at the Benjarong in Dusit Thani Dubai. Click here to read more about them.

Benjarong - interiors
Benjarong – interiors
Benjarong Abu Dhabi - INTERIORS
Benjarong Abu Dhabi – INTERIORS
Benjarong - Open Kitchen
Benjarong – Open Kitchen
Cutlery - Benjarong Abu Dhabi
Cutlery – Benjarong Abu Dhabi
Hot towel
Hot towel
Complimentary drinks
Complimentary drinks
Complimentary Prawn crackers for diners at Benjarong Abu Dhabi
Complimentary Prawn crackers for diners at Benjarong Abu Dhabi

As soon as we entered Benjarong we were greeted with traditional Thai welcome. Once seated we were then given hot towels and complimentary lemon grass drinks. There was LIVE Thai music being played in the background using a thai xylophone(wooden bars suspended by cords played with two mallets), calm and soothing. The complimentary prawn crackers were delicious and light. Kids just loved them.

Mocktails - AED 28 - GINGER TWIST, PINK LEMONADE, VIRGIN PLANTERS PUNCH
Mocktails – AED 28 – GINGER TWIST, PINK LEMONADE, VIRGIN PLANTERS PUNCH
Tom Yam Zaab Soup(AED 40) - spicy clear soup with cherry tomato, mushroom and red onion
Tom Yam Zaab Soup(AED 40) – spicy clear soup with cherry tomato, mushroom and red onion

We could not stop admiring our drinks. It was perfect with colors and gave you a burst of freshness in every sip. Ginger twist was my favourite here. The spicy clear soup was dangerously spicy. We asked them to make the spicy soup spicy(assuming it wouldn’t be as spicy) and that literally put our tongue on fire! But we really enjoyed the flavorful soup at the same time. It was a brilliant soup and never felt better having it. Specially in this cold weather, we were loving it even more.

Mixed platter - AED 85 - An array of chicken satay, fish cake in sugar cane skewer, rice paper veggie rolls and deep fried vegetable spring roll
Mixed platter – AED 85 – An array of chicken satay, fish cake in sugar cane skewer, rice paper veggie rolls and deep fried vegetable spring roll
Green Papaya Salad (AED 50)- SOM TOM with long bean cherry tomato and tamarind dressing
Green Papaya Salad (AED 50)- SOM TOM with long bean cherry tomato and tamarind dressing

The mixed platter was an over load of scrumptious Thai appetizers. Each of them being very different and unique in taste. I specifically enjoyed the spring rolls and rice paper veggie rolls. The sweet, sour, spicy dippers is as important as the appetizers and they really uplift the experience for this platter. The Green papaya salad was tangy and so good that I felt this was one of the best Thai salads we’ve had.

WOK FRIED - Phad Med Ma Mueng(AED 120) - with capsicum, dried chilli and cashew nuts
WOK FRIED – Phad Med Ma Mueng(AED 120) – with capsicum, dried chilli and cashew nuts

Phad Med Ma Mueng was an order by chance and we loved every bit of this one. The jumbo prawns were massive in size. This wok fried actually didn’t had any gravy in it. The prawns were juicy and irresistible.  It came with rice as you see below.

Rice
Rice
Gaeng Daeng - Red curry - AED 80
Gaeng Daeng – Red curry – AED 80
Phad Kraprow(AED 80) - Beef - wok fried with chilli, long bean and hot basil leaves
Phad Kraprow(AED 80) – Beef – wok fried with chilli, long bean and hot basil leaves

The red curry was nice and thick. I kind of was enjoying it more like a thick soup. Frankly more than the chicken it was the curry itself that I really enjoyed inside the red curry. The beef inside the Phad Kraprow tasted fresh and we couldn’t be happier.

Dessert - Fried Banana with honey and vanilla ice cream - AED 35
Dessert – Fried Banana with honey and vanilla ice cream – AED 35
Homemade ice cream with coconut milk and Thai topping - AED 35
Homemade ice cream with coconut milk and Thai topping – AED 35

The fried banana with honey and ice cream was light, fluffy and banana lovers would just want it more. It’s interesting even after a heavy dinner we could still eat them comfortably. The home made coconut milk ice cream definitely tasted home made and was naturally fresh.

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