57 Reviews / 57 Ratings
Best Thai Food in Bangalore
The best Thai food I have ever had outside Thailand!!
Very authentic dishes, good ambience and great service. All the dishes are amazing - good quality, well presented and great taste. The best thing about Thai dishes are the aromas which are well preserved in all the dishes you order.
Best Tom Yum Goong I have ever had.
Quite expensive though, and you cannot visit too often unless you have a big pocket. Booze is also very highly priced and makes you think when you are paying the bill.
Heavy on the pocket!
We selected Thai as the cuisine of the day and the Songkran festival tempted us to visit the Benjarong ....but it did not quite match the hype! Though the food was good, there was no feeling of contentment after paying the bill. Would suggest that the ambience be lifted a little , to get something different for the money paid! And a buffet would help to get a better taste of Thai.. One thing that we have to mention is the courteousness of the staff! They definitely made us feel at home :)
Best Thai Restaurant in the world!!
I am huge fan of Thai food and usually eat 4-6 times Thai food in a month. My Brother-in-law took me to this Thai place when I visited India recently and this is the best Thai food ever!! I have tried Thai places all around the world but this place is unique. Clean place, polite service and Best food. Appetizer with palm sugar was just amazing. Main course was simply exceptional. Now I visit sub-par Thai places in Texas remembering this great Restaurant.
Located on Ulsoor road in the same building that houses ente keralam and teppan this Thai restaurant is a must visit for lovers of the cuisine. Right from the orchids adorning the entrance to the do it yourself Thai lettuce wraps to start the meal this place wreaks of authenticity.
All the staff are dressed in traditional attire and the food is presented very beautifully. As they say you begin your meal with your eyes and your nose before you actually take your first bite. The food at Benjarong looks great the aromas get you salivating and most importantly the taste does not disappoint.
The menu has all the Thai staples you expect and then some. We played rather safe and went for the regulars like the satay with peanut sauce and prawn tom yum soup. For the main course we ordered some steamed rice with yellow curry and green curry. All the items were absolutely perfect and very satisfying for some one craving some authentic Thai flavours.
If its Thai you want then Benjarong has to be on your list. Food and ambience aside the price is a bit on the expensive side. The only actual flaw in the overall experience is that the service staff can sometimes be difficult to get through to and by that I mean its tough to get their attention when you want to. We had to make a few co-ordinated efforts on our table to get the waiter to come attend to us. This minor flaw can be a bit frustrating on busy nights, the taste of the food though totally made up for it.
Pros: - Very authentic, tasty Thai food.
- Good service comfortable seating and interiors
- use of high quality, fresh ingredients
Cons: - Perhaps a little more pricey that I expected.
- Staff need to be more attentive and responsive
Amazing Thai Food
Benjarong was nicely decked up for the Loi Krathong festival which literally means the Festival of Lights. This is similar to our Diwali festival and was from 26th November 2012 to 9th December 2012. Soon it was time to indulge in a splendid range of Thai delicacies and be overwhelmed by the experience! Our welcome drink was the Siam sparkle which was a sweet drink but had flavors of ginger and chillies. It was a nice drink to refresh us after a long day at work and prepare our palate for the Thai food feast that lay ahead of us! First starter we tried was the Miang Kham which is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos. It means eating many things in one bite. It has many flavors like ginger, lemon, chillies, peanuts and onions. It is similar to Paan that we have in India but is an appetizer and the burst of flavors in your mouth is amazing!
Next on the list of appetizers were Grathong thong je and Tod mun pla. Grathong thong je was water chestnuts, mixed peppers, corn and peas with minced chicken tossed in a delicate sauce served in rice tartlets. Tod mun pla were Thai fish cakes served with cucumber and peanut relish. There was also Salad in form of Larb Gai which is minced chicken salad with mint and makrut leaves in a spicey dressing. These appetizers were relished by us and we asked for a second helping to enjoy the wonderful taste!
If you thought only non-vegetarians had access to the best food at Benjarong, you are mistaken! Even the vegetarians were spoilt for a choice as they enjoyed not just Grathong thong je for appetizers, but also Tung Tong which was crispy fried golden bags with water chestnut filling. These were really yummy and even non-vegetarians asked for multiple servings of this!
Main course for non-vegetarians was Pahd thai goong (wrapped in egg omelette) which is thai rice sticks cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce with prawns. I wasnt really excited with this but what impressed me more was the Hormok Talay which was steamed seafood mousse I loved the delicate tastes in this! To wrap up the main course we had Gai tod nam prik pow which was chicken tossed in a roasted chilli paste.
After tasting such wonderful food, we were really full but the chefs at Benjarong told us to wait for the dessert which was a trio of surprise! We had Sakoo piak maprow on, which is Thai sago pudding with young coconut and corn along with Water chestnut in coconut milk and Lemon grass ice cream! To say I was pleasantly amazed would be an understatement!
I was blown away by this wonderful Dessert to complete an outstanding meal! This definitely was one of the best food experiences of all time. I was really thankful to Benjarong and Burrp for such a wonderful evening!
decked up for the Loi Krathong!'
Benjarong was nicely decked up for the Loi Krathong festival which literally means the Festival of Lights.Got a sumptuous traditional Thai style soup, Grathong thong je(water chestnuts, mixed peppers,tossed in delicate sause, served in rice tartlets. Also, managed the flavor of Tom Kati goong soup which is Thai coconut cream soup, lemon grass, galangal, Pad Thai Goong,Hormok Talay,Gai tod nam prik pow. As I am writing to you feels like I am living there :)
One of the yummylicious restaurant I have ever been, courteous staff, authentic thai food, they import some ingredients straight from thailand to provide an authentic taste. Absolutely brilliant lighting and ambiance. I would go to this place any day for taste some excellent thai food.
Great Thai food!
I love Benjarong. They have a great array of dishes available. The staff are very courteous, and one occasion, they had Thai chef visiting who was very friendly and stuck up a conversation with us. We usually get the a-la-carte menu, with a couple of starters, a main course dish with rice and vegetables/tofu, and desserts. They have a particular dessert consisting of water-chestnuts which is really good, and their Chocolate Mousse is pretty good too.
a meal i wouldnt forget:)
thanks to burrp, we had got to try this awesome thai restaurant in town , by cheftable.
We 10 foodies got a chance, to have a specially prepared line of dished just for us, i should say, the tom yom soup was the best i ever had and a better remedy for cold.
The desserts is something, i haven't tasted till date, the best and unforgettable.
Though might be heavy on pockets, but maybe its worth while for giving it a shot at least once.
Great Food. Hefty price tag.
We were invited to Benjarong as part of a promotional event to dine with the chef over a five course meal.
To start with, I feel obliged to state that Benjarong has the best Thai food I've ever had. Also, they pay very close attention to the presentation, and you can see how every little aspect has been carefully embellished to create the dish. Major Eye Candy for any foodie.
The evening started with "Miang Kham", which is a traditional snack from Thailand and Laos. The name can be interpreted as meaning "eating many things in one bite" - from miang, meaning "food wrapped in leaves", and kham, "a bite". This was amazing! Sort of starts fireworks inside your mouth as it has such a variety of concentrated flavors - ginger, lemon, chillies, peanuts, onions and some sort of a tangy sauce. Miang Kham is thai version of the Indian paan - except that it's eaten as appetiser before the meal instead of being eaten as digestive after.
We were served a welcome drink called "Siam sparkle" - which again was very interesting with ginger and chillies along with the sweetness.
For appetisers we were served "Grathong Thong Je" (Water chestnuts, mixed peppers, corn and peas with minced chicken tossed in a delicate sauce served in rice tartlets), "Tod Mun Pla" (Thai fish cakes with peanut and cucumber relish) and "Larb Gai" (Minced chicken salad with mint and makrut leaves in a spicy dressing served in an iceberg lettuce cup). Out of these three, I absolutely loved the Grathong Thong Je. Tod Mun Pla was delicious as well, but I felt the Grathong Thong Je was also very uniquely Thai.
The soup was the star of the evening - loved the presentation! We were served a soup called "Tom Kati Goong" (Thai coconut cream soup with prawns, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal served in tender coconut shell.) Amazing contrasting flavors - the earthiness of coconut cream against the sharpness of chillies and just the right seasoning. It is deceptively spicy - which for me was a pleasant surprise.
The main course included "Pad Thai Goong" (Thai rice sticks cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce with prawns and wrapped in an omelette), "Hormok Talay" (Steamed seafood Mousse) and "Gai Tod Nam Prik Pow" (Chicken tossed in roasted chilli paste). I was bowled over by the Hormok Talay. It was mega-delicious! This mouse was generously flavored with thai red curry paste and mouth watering! Perfectly complimenting the Pad Thai.
Desserts included "Sakoo Piak Maprow On" (Thai sago pudding with young coconut and corn), water chestnut in coconut milk and finally Lemongrass Icecream. While each of these were unique and different - I absolutely went crazy about the water chestnuts in coconut milk. The water chestnuts were soaked in rose syrup and had a beautiful wholesome goodness to them and the coconut milk perfectly complimented the crunchy sweetness of the fruit. Lemon grass icecream was very pleasant as well, but honestly I wasn't too crazy about the sago dessert.
To sum it up, my favorites from the meal were Tom Kati Goong (The Soup), "Hormok Talay (The mousse), Water chestnuts in coconut milk and above all the Miang Kham. It was a wonderful experience dining with the chef who explained every single course and talked about thai cuisine, culture and inspirations throughout.
If you're looking for a Thai Fine Dining experience - go for it. Don't expect to be bowled over by the decor and ambience. VERY pricey!! Great food though.
We went to Benjarong a few months back and the food was great! We tried the prawns rice and it was delightful.The service was great! We also tried the seafood platter for starters and it was very tasty. The ambiance was good as well, but the arrangement could be a bit more better as it seems to be a converted bungalow.
Great food makes a nice experience
Benjarong is one of the few thai speciality restaurants in bangalore. Its a very nice execution, and we love to go there. The food is great: the Tom Kha soup is very flavourful, and so are the thai curries. The corn starter in rice tartlets is unique and awesome.
The ambience is low profile, and the service is good. One interesting thing is the carving of fruits and vegetables that they do.
Overall, a unique experience that you will remember.
Intriguing for a first timer
What I loved most about the place was the write-up on the origin of the name 'Benjarong' and the traditional starter Miang Khum, which was like nothing else that I have ever tasted before - it is a simple blend of all the 6 basic tastes coming together like beautiful fireworks in your mouth.
Other dishes are also interesting and unique in their blend; similar to Indian cooking in the basics, but very different in the taste combinations.
It is a fine-dining ambiance, very expensive food and alcohol (no dish comes with rice, it has to be ordered separately - which costs another 200-250 Rs.). But I'd like to go back just for the Miang Khum and lemon-grass tea.
Great Thai Food
The Best Tom Yum Soup that I have ever had.Fantastic flavours of sweet and sour,pungent and spicy.The Green Thai Curry with rice was also too good.The ingredients that they use seem to be of a very good quality and reflects in their food.This was real good experience that I had and am going to cherish for a very long time.The only aberration are the prices!!!
Good food but big hole in the pocket
I went there along with a friend on a Saturday afternoon around 2:45pm, we were told even before taking our seats that the kitchen closes at 3 and we'll have to give all our orders immediately. We felt that it was not very polite but that's alright.
We took five minutes to decide on our order. 1 chicken starter, 1 veg main course and a non veg main course and 1 beer. The food was very tasty, they even gave us a complimentary salad with different flavors to be mixed and matched. But the total bill came out to be more than 2000 rupees which was a surprise. Anyways will definitely go back for the food.
Avoid!AVOID! Prices 5 star, Food very average
This is my second review for benjarong. Went there after a year.
had some crab starter and the quantity was so less we were stunned and told the waiter. He did not even react. Forget about the quantity, it was tasteless
Had red curry ( w chicken). EXPENSIVE and they dont serve rice along with it like they do in most places so you gotta shell out 200 bucks again just for the rice... found the red curry ok, but no thai flavor and JUST NOT WORTH IT
I would highly recommend shitakke and phorbidden fruit for thai..they are cheaper, better quantity and quality in my opinion
WE WANTED a SHRIMP CURRY BUT IT WAS COSTING ABOUT 650 Bucks withot taxes and extras... Around 800 bucks for a curry in such a place? NO NO
WE ARE NOT GOING HERE AGAIN. For the quality of food, it has become way too EXPENSIVE
Royal Thai festival - what a royal letdown!
A friend and I landed up at Benjarong yest for lunch- ravenous, easy to please and with great memories of their usual lunch box meals...
What we found instead was a new 'festival' menu and lots of information abt the festival.....Sure, we decided to plunge in and order from this menu as the old set boxes had been discontinued for the festival duration..
Ordered 4 items , 3 of which were atrociously bad..in fact, we returned the fish starter ... White pomfret after just 1 bite...the overly crispy dish hid just 1 thing- plain , gone- bad fish..no one came to ask us why we had returned the dish, what the matter was etc etc..
Our main dishes - the crabmeat Thai fried rice and the tenderloin with steamed rice ,that my friend ordered again had something in common- old food , reheated and passed off...end result: flat, tasteless food..
Shame that Benjarong chooses to mess with its reputation with such shoddy offerings...STALE REHEATED food is a death knell for any restaurant, even One of Benjarongs reputation.
Great food, Not so Great Attitude
Recently went back to Ben Jarong after a year and I came back with almost the same impressions as the last time.
The food is absolutely fantastic! Its tasty, it looks fresh and its worth the money. The ambience is mediocre and there's not much to talk about.
The green curry and rice is a must-try! Its the tastiest green curry in all of Bangalore..and any dish with the green papaya salad is also something that everyone must try...its taste is truly unique.
Now, to the bad part - the North-Eastern/Asian looking staff really need a course in courtesy and manners. They're attitude towards customers really doesnt seem right. I dont think there are any racial undertones, but they just seem plain rude.
We have visited this place with the family...purely basing on my own earlier delightful experience at this joint and also at Chennai's restaurant.
Ambiance: spartan, clean, neat, understated elegance. Perhaps soft Thai music could have been played
Service: crisp, professional, but sometimes its a drag to elicit the responses; staff can be trained to be attentive yet unobtrusive. They can wear their name badges for easy identification
Food: Well this is the biggest disappointment( when compared with Chennai's joint). Ex: the Raw Papaya Salad should have been crisp, fresh, imbued with bursts of delicate flavors. But it is soggy all the way...; similarly the tenderness in the lemongrass shoots are completely missing; its more fibrous, thick, unpalatable...
Valet Parking: just right and professional
Cleanliness: could be attended proactively by the staff to clearup the tables; patrons could have been provided with tissues alongwith the napkin; for the table is oozing with water from mocktail glass;
Serving: Moctails if chilled, then the glass must be wiped properly and also need to be wrapped with good quality tissue to make it comfortable.
Flexibility: great in tweaking some of the dishes...
What could be done better:
great thai food
The decor of the place is more like a house converted to a restaurant, and its pretty basic. The service is fine, and the food is the highlight here.
Both veg and non-veg dishes were very nice and different.
We tried the pandan chicken, veg spring rolls and fish starter, and all were good.
The rice and noodles were nicely flavoured, and not bland at all. Overall a good experience for the foodie.
was expecting more
went to benjarong with my hubby yesterday. the prices are 5 star high, but cant say the same for the ambience-which needs an interior decorator badly. while we are glad that they have a rooftop, the ambience looks pretty basic. also no music outside.
the food was ok. im not sure how authentic it was, everything was highly spiced and flavoured. my husband who doesnt like thai food, liked it because of the strong flavours! maybe that's the idea.
we are veggies btw and oredred green curry a phad thai and stir fry( which we found out actually was with gravy)
the service doesnt spring into action but fairly alert later on.
i loved the lemon ginger mocktail they served me tho.
i think they need to upgrade the ambience to catch up with the prices, otherwise not much point in going here.
the chairs are not really comfy outside too.
Wonder if it is purely authentic....but it tasted decent...nice, quiet place,soothing music. The service is just okay, as it took us a while to really get one of the waiters to attend us....although once attended they remained prompt.
Nice place to go out with family, friends and for couples....
Great Thai Food
Benjarong is one the best places to have thai food in Bangalore. This place is always consistent. The food is great, full of flavor and cooked to perefction. I always enjoy my meals here and my last visit there wasnt any different.
The service is superb, very friendly and since most of them have been working there for a while, really know their menu. The duck with spinach is one of my fav dishes and the red curry is pretty great too.
Highly recommend to anyone who like good thai food. And it is great value for money.
Good but not authentic thai food
I and my husband lovveeeee thai food . heard about this place from friends and tried it out a couple of days back. Had Tom yum SOup, Padthai,Green curry and a chicken starter( dont remember the name). Except for the padthai which was too swet and my hubby di dnot like at all, The rest were quite good but the taste was not authentic thai. Had really good thai food in US and was comparin to what we had there since this restaurant being a high end one. You dont get the coconuty/lemon grass/Basil -that authentic flavour/Aroma in your curries.... ahhhh.. i miss them.Where do i get to eat such yummythai food in bangalore??
What a great relieve to at last find a very nice restaurant which has good food, good service and cleanliness. Besides the 5 star hotels, Benjajong is the first I have experienced with these attributes.
I had the creamy coconut soap as a starter, which was magnificent. Then my date and I shared the wrapped prawns and wrapped chicken. the chicken was very succulent and the prawns were served with the head. this is how I am used to eating prawns in Italy. It brought back memories.
All throughout dinner , the service was excellent. There were no waiters hovering over us as they do in many places I have been. But they were always there when needed.
I am sorry for not having remembered the names of these dishes but, the way things were I am sure that anything you order will be of the highest standards.
BEST AND MOST AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD IN THE CITY
when it comes to thai the only restaurant worth visiting is BENJARONG. im a weekly visitor and every meal has been par excellence. eventhough all awards go to rim nam @ oberois , my experience there was appalling . pls DO NOT waste money at rimnam , instead spend less than half that money and go back satiated with benjarong authentic thai food.
family favs being.... miang khum which is a free starter so even better
papaya salad...juicy and crunchy
phad thai...always a winner
jungle rice delicious
red curry, yellow curry and green curry..... uber authentic
end it with top tim grub.....yummyyyy!!!
Thai and I
Benjerong is my favourite Thai restaurant in Bangalore. The quiet and comfortable ambience is almost perfect to have a great time with your guests. The staff are very warm and courteous and the traditional Thai starter placed on the table for us to help ourselves, displaying all the 7 flavours of authentic Thai cuisine is very welcoming. I am personally a big fan of babycorn, the well cooked and aromatic rice and the red curry, in which the taste of coconut milk is uniform and ubiquitous. The service is good, the food is flavoursome, the quality is superlative, the ambience is comfortable, vale parking is helpful and therefore, I have always had a great time at Benjarong.
PERFECT FOOD, QUITE COSTLY
The food was perfect, the decor excellent. The whole experience, right from the lemongrass tea, to the very polite staff, was fantastic. I don't think you get better Thai Food in Bangalore.
Having said that, I must say the food was extremely costly. Me and my sister ate quite a bit - starters, main course and all. It came up to 2000 Rs!!! If you don't mind spending a bit, I would highly recommend this place.
Hearing a lot about this, decided to go there with the family on 1st Jan. We are vegetarians and enjoy Thai food. I have tried it in many places, including Thailand and Tom Yum is my fav soup.
We ordered Tom Yum and Tom Kha soup. Both were disappointing. Beijing bites serves better Tom Yum than here. The starter of Broccoli was good and we enjoyed it. We ordered the yellow and green curries with plain rice. They were so so and over all we were quite disappointed. If I do visit again, will try the main course and then form a definitive opinion about it.
Even the famous starter was ok, as they gave lettuce leaves which is the first time I am having it with it. In Thailand, they give a leaf similar to the bettle leaf here!!!
THE BEST THAI FOOD&THE BEST SERVICE
This my 7th or 8th visit to Benjarong.... always the same high quality of food and service. Satisfies my thai cravings to the fullest! If you are a foodie... a place you must try... you will go back! Thanks to all the team members...we wish one more the same benjarong in bangalore
Good food, poor service
8 of us ate at Benjarong last weekend. The food was good although the Tofu in Peanut sauce gave off a strong odour of fish...... so we had to send it back. Service was so so at best. At the end of the meal, Benjarong tried to pull a fast one by adding a line item called "Con. Tax" and had a whopping 15% of the bill against it. I had added a tip and then decided to ask what 'Con. tax. referred to. The staff told me it was the service charge plus consumption tax. I promptly took the tip off my payment.
The owner, Regi Matthew called me 2 days later to apologize and said this was due to an 'IT error'. I find this hard to believe. I think their behaviour was deceitful at best. 2 years ago I ate at Benjaron in Chennai and was served meat in what was supposed to be a vegetarian appetizer. Although profuse apologies followed, I find that the restaurant is unprofessionally managed at the ground level although Mr. Mathew comes across as genuine and professional.
I'm beginning to think that for a vegetarian to go to Benjarong is a bit like playing russian roulette.
Authentic Thai experience
Visiting Benjarong (five colours) has been on my list of "to go" places for quite a while now and, finally today, my friend and I made it there. We were politely greeted by the hostess at the door and after ascertaining our seating preference - indoor or outdoor, she led us to the lovely terrace. After seating us comfortably and setting alight the candle on our table, the waiter brought us two rolled-up towels to refresh ourselves with. This was followed a few minutes later, with the food and drinks menus. Though both of us perused the drinks menu carefully, neither of us opted for a drink. After carefully looking through the food menu, we placed our order, with a lot of help from the very knowledgeable waiter. Our order was a plate of crispy soft-shell crab as a starter, a steamed rice, a Thai red curry with chicken and crispy duck pieces as our main course. The waiter after taking our order, brought us a complimentary starter which consisted of leaves, pieces of ginger, onion, peanuts, roasted coconut, lime, red chillies and a sweet jaggery sauce. We had to select how much of each ingredient we wanted and place them on the leaf and then roll the leaf and pop the rolled-up leaf into our mouth. I peered at the starter with misgivings for I am not a green salad person nor am I much of a fan of raw or semi-raw ingredients. Anyway, I decided to experiment and to my surprise, quite enjoyed my carefully filled leaf. I even had another. My friend too enjoyed the starter. This was followed by our ordered starter of soft-shell crab which tasted absolutely lovely. Starter over, we began on the main courses which were brought to us on a trolley, placed conveniently close to our table. The steamed rice was good, the Thai red curry was fine (very authentic) and the crsipy duck was amazing. I enjoyed every mouthful and though I was full long before I got through the rice and chicken on my plate, I ate every mouthful of my portion of the duck. My friend also thoroughly enjoyed his meal. Being extremely full, we decided to skip dessert. The restaurant is a lovely one and the service is Amazing. The food is delicious and the quantity served was plentiful, more than sufficient for the two of us. Having both open-air and airconditioned sections, makes this restaurant even more wonderful in my eyes, because patrons get a chance to choose the kind of seating which appeals. The price of the items is very reasonable and there is no sense of being hurried while one is eating. A relaxed meal lasting a couple of hours can easily be enjoyed here. This place is excellent and definitely worth a visit.
Gone are those days . . . alas . . .
Benjarong used to serve probably the best Thai food in India - that is a fact. It now serves nothing more than average food with pathetic service. Last Saturday I invited friends and proudly presented "the best Thai food around." Alas, it was a sad, sad experience. They must have changed their entire kitchen staff . . how else can the best Tomyum soup in town become a bowl of hot stock? the chicken satay tasted like an average kabab, the peanut sauce was lurid, the green curry was something you can make at home with some ready-to-cook thai paste . . . overall, I was shocked. After complaining, someone came out and posed as the chef - smiling and saying sorry for 8 minutes. What an insult to Thai cuisine! I hope there is a miracle and Benjarong gets back its old kitchen folks who were nothing short of magic, even a few months ago. Hope floates . . .
Yes a Thai Thali.
It may not sound as up market as Table de Hote but thats exactly what it is, give or take. I like the Table De Hote (TDH) menus at weekdays . One because I dont have to THINK as what I need to order. Two , because it gives you a nice wide menu range. Three , because its great value for money. Husband is even more delighted because he doesnt have to see me play tic tac toe on the menu, and then recall the waiter to change the tac to a toe.
At Rs. 350 for a starter , soup, main course , side dish and a dessert , its a steal. Plus a lemon ginger soda as a welcome drink .
The one thing I must say about Benjarong is that the combination of flavors are marvelous to the tongue , and the presentation very pleasing to the eye. The entrance to the restaurant, ( you go up to the lift to the 3rd Floor and then strangely descend down by the stairs to the dining area )its elegant decor , warm welcome, the lady carving fruits on a long table, exquisitely clad in traditional Thai gear, the soft music. As I said the ambience is excellent .Service is quiet and unobtrusive while being efficient. I cant argue with that combination.
The starter ( I call it a Thai Bhel paan combo is magnificent ) Crisp green Lettuce leaves piled on one side , and tiny bowls of finely chopped onion, Thai ginger, red chili ,roasted grated coconut, lime, roasted peanuts and a sour sweet tamarind sauce. One of each is wrapped into the lettuce leaf ad crunched up , much a you would a savory paan. And each condiment taste rolls out through every bite its sour , chili, warm, sweet , crunchy and bitter . Thats the fastest wrapping of lettuce have ever seen!
The starters come soon after our equivalent of the tandoori chicken, but wrapped in a geometrical fold within a crisp leaf. You unwrap it and paired with the exquisite papaya salad on the plate , there is another dish thats gone just right.
The Tom Yum soup with its succulent prawns and melting mushrooms were a delight too. The sour robustness of it reminded me of the effect that hot spicy rasam has on you . Puritans will now start a conscientious objection , but I am entitled to draw parallels, excuse me ! I sobbed into my napkin several times always a great sign , as I believe until the chili doesnt bring tears to your eyes , the meal is just a flash in the pan. Yes, the napkin was very useful, thank you .
The sliced fish with pepper sauce came next. Ah. Steamed fish pieces briefly crisply fried before being doused with a peppery basil sauce , and then covered with spring onions and fried basil what a melding of tastes . The rice and Thai Red curry were next and dependable and filling as always.
The dessert choice of date pancakes with ice cream or coconut pumpkin custard was easy . However ghastly the latter sounded , I see this as the real McCoy , and you must have a taste. The warmness of the toasted coconut melted subtly into the creaminess of the pumpkin flavored custard creating an overall nutty yet mildly sweet after taste that is a winner . The spouse was looking moodily into his (now not so nice by comparison) date pancakes. I allowed him a spoonfull of my dessert , and life was good again.
A flavorful meal, great ambience , efficient service , and value for money. What more could one ask for ?
Thali or otherwise , its a simple decision to make .
Wow...thats the feeling u leave the place with
What to say, after a long time we felt our cullinary taste buds was satiated with the right food, ambience and service combo. The food is authentic as it can get...the service is impeccable ...the decor is modern and warm...Oops forgot to mention about the 15% discount to Citibank CC holders. The price is on the higher side but you wont mind this since the quality of food is so amazing. The pad thai noodles portion was little less. And we found the price of the Prawn Red Curry Rs 548 was little on the higher side. The bar menu is very limited..but the overall experience is unforgetable and we will go back soon
Went with a friend the last time. The guy is a pure South Indian type and was a bit anxious about what to expect. We ordered the Thai Red Curry with Steamed Rice. As expected, my friend couldn't help but relish each bite. He started talking about bringing his family down. :) What more does one need to say??
Visiting Benjarong (five colours) has been on my list of "to go" places for quite a while now and, finally today, my friend and I made it there. We were politely greeted by the hostess at the door and after ascertaining our seating preference - indoor or outdoor, she led us to the lovely terrace. After seating us comfortably and setting alight the candle on our table, the waiter brought us two rolled-up towels to refresh ourselves with. This was followed a few minutes later, with the food and drinks menus. Though both of us perused the drinks menu carefully, neither of us opted for a drink. After carefully looking through the food menu, we placed our order, with a lot of help from the very knowledgeable waiter. Our order was a plate of crispy soft-shell crab as a starter, a steamed rice, a Thai red curry with chicken and crispy duck pieces as our main course. The waiter after taking our order, brought us a complimentary starter which consisted of leaves, pieces of ginger, onion, peanuts, roasted coconut, lime, red chillies and a sweet jaggery sauce. We had to select how much of each ingredient we wanted and place them on the leaf and then roll the leaf and pop the rolled-up leaf into our mouth. I peered at the starter with misgivings for I am not a green salad person nor am I much of a fan of raw or semi-raw ingredients. Anyway, I decided to experiment and to my surprise, quite enjoyed my carefully filled leaf. I even had another. My friend too enjoyed the starter. This was followed by our ordered starter of soft-shell crab which tasted absolutely lovely. Starter over, we began on the main courses which were brought to us on a trolley, placed conveniently close to our table. The steamed rice was good, the Thai red curry was fine (very authentic) and the crsipy duck was amazing. I enjoyed every mouthful and though I was full long before I got through the rice and chicken on my plate, I ate every mouthful of my portion of the duck. My friend also thoroughly enjoyed his meal. Being extremely full, we decided to skip dessert. The restaurant is a lovely one and the service is faultless. The food is delicious and the quantity served was plentiful, more than sufficient for the two of us. Having both open-air and airconditioned sections, makes this restaurant even more wonderful in my eyes, because patrons get a chance to choose the kind of seating which appeals. The price of the items is very reasonable and there is no sense of being hurried while one is eating. A relaxed meal lasting a couple of hours can easily be enjoyed here. This place is excellent and definitely worth a visit.
Out of the Ordinary
We went with a bit of trepidation, wondering if it would live up to the great standards it set in Chennai. The menu here in Bangalore is identical to menu at Chennai, and the standards of taste remain high and appreciable.
The appetizer, which is on the house is a delight to the palate, and I must stop here, and leave it to the reader to discover. The vegetarian fare is super! and has sufficient hard-to choose-from options. The staff are very co-operative and render valuable guidance.
The portions are not large, and one must order generously. The non-alcoholic beverages are amazing as well- almost all of them.
The only thing they could possibly improve upon is the dessert spread, which sounds too adventurous for the usual expectation. But you also can wind up with the main course, like we did, and head down to the French Bakery downstairs for dessert, which offers you a file treatl.
Thai or not....
Im no expert on Thai food. My experiences are based mainly on American college town restaurants and the occasional student food festivals in the US a long time ago. Benjarong claims to be Thai, so be it.
The wife and me landed here for a quiet dinner on New Years eve. Courteous waiters and attentive staff can be a pleasing experience and so they were.
The food was, how do I say, okayyyy .
We had the raw papaya salad. The version I had in Spore had more chili which I loved. As a main course, we opted for plain greens and noodles both ok, nothing much to write about. We topped this with a pumpkin dessert kind of like an Indian burfi but both of us liked it.
Value for money wise, good place. 850 for a starter, 2 main courses and a dessert.
LOVED it !
I'm a big Thai food lover, and usually scout around for a good Thai meal.I can tell you, my scouting is now over! My usual haunt for the stuff is at Rim Naam, Oberoi.But this place wins hands down.
We entered the place, and there were these Thai women carving vegetables in their traditional attire.Totally puts you in the mood.The staff is very cordial indeed.
We started off with the Crispy Fried Lamb, and a Spicy Stir Fried Soft Shell Crab dish, both were excellent !!
They also offer you a traditional Thai appetizer of peanuts,some different sauces, bean sprouts and some other stuff that you wrap in a salad leaf.So yummy !
We tried both the Red and Green Curries with steamed rice, both were amazing, and also had a main course of a fish in a thick sauce, I forget the name.This was really good as well.
We were too full for dessert, but left completely satifsied and happy.
A must visit for all foodies.
Had been to Benjarong last evening with a couple of friends and I must tell you, the experience was wonderful. Good service and lip smacking food. The Lemon Grass tea served after the starter was rely nice. Will surely get back here and is a must visit for the Thai Food lovers or ny1 who likes spicy food.
Authentic Thai experience
Thai food in bangalore has been quite sad, with the usual chinese places thinking that if they added lemon grass to their curries it would turn thai! benjarong was excitingly authentic in their thai fare, lovely ambeince too. right from the appetizer to the dessert all dishes were done to perfection. A lovely experience and this place will definitely rate in my top 10 in bangalore
Average but expensive
Once we got there we asked to be seated outside. Word of advice, do not sit outside. The terrace faces the main road and is very noisy. So we moved in.
We started with a Som Tam. This was one of my favorite dishes when I was in Thailand. But the one that was served to us completely lacked any flavor. This salad is supposed to be spicy. But we were served with a bland, tasteless salad.
We followed that up with the Tom Yum. The soup was not bad I liked it.
Finally we ordered the pad thai. The noodles were not cooked well enough. We asked for black mushrooms in the Pad Thai and got black fungus instead.
Of course, the staff was very good. They offered to redo the pad thai. But we were too full to eat another morsel. Just their attitude might made me reconsider my resolve not to go back.
At this point, I would not recommend this place.
Awesome food and ambience
I must say it is a lovely place to treat yourself. The food is very nice, service is excellent. I totally enjoyed the lunch I had .The Thai food was really good the chicken, the steamed rice, the creamy gravy and the dessert.
The food is a lil pricey but worth every penny.
Wonderful authentic thai expereince
My husband and I loved Benjarong. We enjoyed a beautiful evening sitting outdoors relaxing under a full moon. The food was very good as was the service. We ordered a pahd khee mow (noodle dish) and chicken with basil and chili pepper main dish. They did taste different to the american-style thai that I am accustomed too but were very good in different ways. The use of basil, lemon, ginger, and other fragrant herbs made for a tasty meal. The diligent service and ambiance made for a wonderful evening.
*Disclaimer - Review for the vegetarians!
After eating Thai food in the US, I've tried Thai at several places in Mumbai and a couple places in Bangalore. This one is by far the best of the lot.
Everything beginning from the complimentary Thai Starter (I keep forgetting the name) to the rounds of lemon grass tea, to the starters, the main course and the sticky rice with mango - something that I thought I would never find in any Thai restaurant in India.
The service is great - quick and no hassles. We sat in the terrace and that was really good. Luckily, it started drizzling only around the time we were ready to get up. So we got lucky.
All in all, great food and great experience. Will definitely go there back again!
Much needed Thai flavours infuse the Garden city
There is so much more to Thai food than meets the eye. The subtle intricacies, the vast difference in the textures, flavours, the unusual marriage of fruits and vegetable in tangy curries always gets me thinking how to replicate the unique combinations. But what is most amazing about Thai cuisine is it's ability to be tangy and inviting to the palate, a twinge of sweetness balancing the sudden explosion of fiery hot chili that attacks your nasal track and definitely your alimentary system the next day.
Sometimes the heat is unbearable, the pain and agony my tummy goes through the next day wretched, but I am a true Thai addict. At least once a month I have a the urge to sample the sharp and stinging flavours of the cuisine my mind refuses to let go of!
I returned to Bangalore in November 2008 to discover that my old faithful Tai Tai had been shut down! Bummer. The city was a buzz with talk of Benjarong, but being a chain of restaurants with branches in Madras, now Bangalore and plans to take on Delhi I was skeptical about the quality of need. I was pleasantly surprised however and food my first encounter at Benjarong to be impressive, with a know how of using typically Thai ingredients the way Thai master chefs have been doing for centuries. I like the restaurant so much that after Sameer and I tested the place out we took the family back for New Years Dinner.
Mieng Kam is a typical healthy Thai hors d'oeurve that starts you off, complimentary to all guests. Diced onions, shredded dried coconut, red chilli's, peanuts, a sweet tamarind tasting sauce, lime quarters and galangal are put on peppery leaf, in this case spinach to be relished together and open your palate. To me it seemed like a Thai version of Indian paan.
I recommend the Tom Kha, velvety thick coconut broth with kaffir lime leaves and corriander infused to develop the flavour of the soup along with a dash of fish sauce, and strips of chicken to relish the full bodied flavour.
To find out what else I recommend and view pictures go to: http://meagan-megalomaniac.blogspot.com/2009/01/ode-to-thailand-benjarong.html
Pricy, but worth it
Benjarong is a classy, air conditioned place just a couple of hundred meters off MG Road. The staff is friendly, interior design is simple and stylish and the food is excellent. Even the one star spiciness was more than enough for me, but probably nothing special for an average Indian. The extensive service with appetizers, refreshments and other additional small things is the best I have encountered anywhere in India.
All this comes literally with a price. I ordered a chicken green curry dish with steamed rice, some dessert and a pint of Heineken, which cost a whopping 915 rupees after taxes and service charges. Still, I will go back every now and then to enjoy the experience.