Benjarong is Dusit Thani’s signature restaurant that serves unmistakable flavors of the Royal Thai cuisine highlighting centuries-old recipes straight from the palaces of Thailand.
It also offers gorgeous views of the Dubai Skyline and the restaurant’s majestic interior resembles the royal dining halls of King Rama IV and the gentle sounds of the classically trained Thai musicians add to the authenticity of the dining experience.
I’ve been meaning to visit Benjarong for the longest time because I love Thai food but for some reason, I keep on going somewhere else and finally, this time, I was able to schedule a visit.
I went on a Sunday night and it was not too busy but there were still a lot of guests. I was greeted by the staff before I entered and was guided to our table. The place looked nice and I like the overall ambiance.
We started by ordering a coconut juice and just like in Thailand, it’s as fresh as it can get.
For the appetizer, they have this Khong Wang Ruammit Benjarong which is basically five kinds of assorted appetizers that include fish cake, rice cracker, shrimp parcel, vegetable spring roll and chicken pandanus. Out of the 5, I would say the chicken was the best tasting and the rice cracker, the least.
We then ordered a Tom Yum Gai Rue Goong soup and I opted for the shrimp instead of chicken and I was very happy with my choice. It was supposed to be a bit spicy but it was manageable.
We tried the chicken salad and crab salad too and this one was really spicy. The flavors are bursting but since I don’t have a high tolerance for spicy food, I was literally sweating after eating the crab salad.
In between all the food I have learned that they have some new offerings for this month so we went and ordered a few of the items from this menu plus the usual Pad Thai. Everything so far was amazing and I got this authentic taste that I was hoping for before the meal. To say I enjoyed the meal would be an understatement as there was honestly nothing off the menu that I disliked.
The service is highly commendable too and I felt like we didn’t have to call the waiter twice when we needed something. They were very attentive and they got the orders correct every single time.
I also liked the soothing sounds playing in the background and the entertainment provided every 20 minutes or so. For a time, I felt like I was in Thailand and it was a nice touch of authenticity from them.
We ended our meal with the Khao New Mamuang, the sticky rice flavored dessert with pandanus and served with mango and then we also had the Kluay Khai Cheum which is a banana in syrup served with coconut cream. Both were just ok, good but not mind-blowing.
To sum it up, I believe that Benjarong is one of the places that you can definitely recommend to friends and you’re sure that they’re going to get excellent service and great tasting food. They have been around for a long time and have been consistent all these years so you can never go wrong with Benjarong. I’ll probably give them a 4.5/5 because there’s still room for improvement with the desserts but they get a big thumbs up and a yes from me for sure.