Dusit Thani's Showstopper Thai

Date: 2015-09-09
For an authentic taste of Thailand, Benjarong at the Dusit Thani, Dubai ticks all the boxes.
If you're hoping for Thai cuisine in a luxury setting, you'll think you've struck gold at Benjarong, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Perched on the 22nd floor, its elevated position has commanding views above the city and inside, the gilt-patterned decor is as welcoming as the traditional closed-palm greetings.
The real draw though is the menu. For starters, there is a sumptuous choice of seasoned fish cakes, prawn crackers and succulent skewers. Or, the ‘Som Tum Thai’, is a refreshingly crisp green papaya salad with carrots, beans, garlic, dried shrimps, chilli, peanuts and tomatoes in a sensational spicy lime dressing. From their ‘history on a plate’ specials, ‘Jin Gai Ping’ (marinated chicken thighs with sticky rice) is popular. Whatever you opt for, try twinning your meal with a fresh herb juice; wood apple or pandan leaf both promise sweetness in a glass.
For mains, choose from an array of Thai delicacies or be tempted by the more unusual and exotic dishes. Another lovely option is chef specialty ‘Goong Chow Praya’, a unique dish of grilled tiger prawns topped with catfish and curry paste. If seafood is your thing, the battered soft crab drizzled with lemon grass and pepper sauce is also delightful. If you like your curries, the attentive staff will also ascertain exactly how spicy you’d like it whatever colour of chilli you choose. The green or red curries come with a great selection of fish, duck, vegetable, chicken and prawn.
Behind the scenes, Chef Naruemol Poolkuan is the lady who brings all this magic together, rustling up her wonderfully homegrown recipes inherited from her mother. Her dedication to fresh herbs, multi-layered flavours and traditional dishes is evident whatever you order. And, if you’re wondering, Chef Naruemol Poolkuan’s favourite dish is ‘Gaeng Kiew Wan’, a green curry with Thai eggplant and sweet basil leaves with chicken (or vegetables, beef or prawn).
Benjarong’s classic Thai recipes from starters to desserts are all here, bursting with Thai flavours and all beautifully presented. This is an ideal setting for a romantic meal or a dining treat. With traditional music from Thai performers harmonising in the background, Benjarong is a real winner for authenticity. And, thanks to such a tempting menu, this restaurant stands out from the crowd so be sure to book first to avoid disappointment.
Price guide: Dhs.350 for two
Open: 12pm-3pm and 7pm-11.30pm
Call: 04 317 4515
Web: dusit.com

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