It’s rare that Matt and I go out for dinner (mainly because I’m always trying to stick to some kind of macro/nutrition goal) but when we do, we like to go to the loveliest of places.
I had visited Benjarong before, when my good friend George came to visit last November, and I always said that I wanted to go back. I was given the perfect opportunity to show Matt a restaurant that I loved, and so we put on our glad rags and got ourselves down to Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi.
The Dusit Thani itself is a beautiful tall building, with it’s signature glass tower pulling any visitors full attention the moment they step through the front door. Going up in the glass elevator is super fun too (if you don’t have any issues with height)!
Benjarong is the hotels signature Thai restaurant. With a lot of Thai dining, you naturally expect over-the-top and overbearing decor, but Benjarong hits the nail on the head with it’s contemporary design subtly injected with traditional motifs. We were welcomed by all of the staff with the traditional Thai greeting (called the Wai) sat at our table and presented with the small, but obviously carefully selected, menu.
We started off with some delightful signature cocktails; mine was a beautiful gin concoction made with lemongrass, whilst Matt went for a sweet Lychee Martini.
In the wish of wanting to try a bit of everything, we opted for the mixed platter. There was chicken satay with the most incredible peanut sauce, fish cakes, rice paper veggie rolls and deep fried spring rolls. These all came with a selection of accompaniments; sweet chilli, soy & hot sauce.
Being able to have a selection of dishes was a real treat, and everything tasted absolutely delicious! The chicken stay in particular was my favourite (I’m such a carnivore). I did realise whilst writing this that we hadn’t actually even looked at any of the other starters on the menu, and now that I have had a chance to glance over them I really feel as if we need to make a return trip 😉 hint hint
After topping up our drinks (I loved the fact that the tonic for my gin came in a decanter #LittleThings) we chose our main courses. I went for the Chicken Fried Rice and Matt opted for the Chicken Green Curry and the Sweet & Sour Chicken. He just couldn’t decide between the two!! Everything was served to us very quickly, and the flavours were just incredible. Benjarong boasts that it’s recipes have been passed down generations, and trying these dishes has definitely made me want to explore the rest of the menu. My chicken fried rice had plenty of protein within it, something that sometimes gets overlooked when a rice dish is served. I managed to taste some of Matts TWO dishes as well, using some of the creamy green curry sauce to finish off my meal. It had a definite kick though – so ask for it mild if your tastebuds can’t take the hit!
With Matt having two main courses and me having a measly one, it meant that I still had room for something sweet! I chose the Ginger Creme Brûlée, which was served with fresh fruit & a sesame crisp. Thai or other far eastern desserts have never appealed to me, so it was great to see this dessert along with a Tiramisu on the menu…a bit of something for everyone. It tasted absolutely heavenly; a perfect end to a perfect dinner.
And if we weren’t already feeling content and lucky enough after our meal at Benjarong, we left the restaurant to the sounds of an incredible Palestinian wedding party taking place at the Dusit Thani. The bride was absolutely stunning, and the celebrations were in full swing!! Definitely added some extra excitement whilst we’re looking forward to our own wedding in 2018!
If you want to visit Benjarong at Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, simply find out more on their website here, or use the Zomato link below 🙂