Oh well, what do you know. Restaurant
Week India
is back and this
time they have partnered with Ola Prime and John Jacobs. It sure is good to see
this concept catching on and if this is any sign becoming a regular thing. The
coolest feature about the whole #RWI is that people get the opportunity to dine
at high-end restaurants without feeling the pinch on their wallets.

Restaurant Week is a celebration of the finest
culinary experiences at formal fine dining restaurants across India.
Currently held across Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune,
Restaurant Week showcases three-course prix fixe menus priced at a fraction of
a la carte rates.
The meals are all priced at Rs700 for lunch and Rs950
for dinner [excl tax]. It also comes with offers on Ola Prime rides..
How it works
    Ø  You visit the website, pick the restaurant, lunch
/dinner, and make a reservation by paying Rs60 [
non-refundable reservation
fee ]

    Ø  The restaurants typically have a specially designed menu
for this festival that you can scan through on the website before making a choice.
    Ø  On the chosen day, you visit the restaurant, pick dishes
from the menu and well all that is left is to enjoy the meal…



“Sawasdee
Ka ” is how you greet a lady in Thai… yes, you guessed it right, I am
here to rave about my all time favourite Thai Restaurant in the city… No
prizes for guessing I 
chose Benjarong, one of my all-time
favorite Thai restaurants in the city.  Reservations were made for lunch,
and I dragged a friend along [ I knew she loved Thai food and hadn’t visited
this restaurant yet]

Since we were two of us [and both of us were
vegetarians], between us we tried nearly all the dishes available on the menu
under the Vegetarian banner [and mind you this restaurant has quite an
extensive menu for Vegetarians]
Here is a round up of what we had…


APPETISER
Tofu in Pandanus Leaves 
Loved the soft Tofu and subtle flavours of spices it had marinated in. This was
my favorite 
appetiser.

Grilled Assorted Veg 
Along with the peanut sauce it was heavenly.
Spicy Mushroom Satay- simple tender mushrooms that was served with a spicy sauce.

Crispy Broccoli in Tender Peppercorn Sauce– this was quite nice with the sweet chilly sauce.

&

SALAD
Raw Papaya Salad – yet another signature dish at this restaurant. My friend couldn’t believe that such a dish was possible with the poor papaya.

Spicy Assorted Mushroom Salad – 
a medley of mushrooms tossed with some garlic and onions- yumm&


Soup
Tom Yum Tofu Soup –This is my all time favorite soup, infact
that day I found it low on spice factor, but flavours were intact

Tom Kha Veg Soup – this is a subtle version of the Tom Yum with
coconut milk making sure your palatte is kept cool


MAIN COURSE
Assorted Vegetables in Thai Curry Powder and
Celery Sauce 
When the chef told us it had Thai curry
powder, my mind took a minute to process it as I was only familiar with Thai
curry sauce [it also had celery]. The dish was beautiful; friend and I polished
it off right from the serving tray.

Tofu in Red Curry Paste and Long Bean
Sauce 
Loved how the Tofu had been cut, it had those
funny v  kinda edges. Again the tofu was
delicate.

 Babycorn, Broccoli, and Fresh Greens in Spicy
Yellow Bean Sauce –
as the name
suggests, this was a simple stir fry.
STAPLES
Spicy Holy Basil Fried Rice Veg Steamed Rice
Veg Soft Noodles with Bean Sprouts
Thai Flat Noodles in Black Bean Sauce with Veg
All
three were good, I loved the flat noodles in black bean sauce, it had wood ear
mushrooms apart from few vegetables. It was good on its own, did not need any
sauce/gravy.


DESSERT

Water Chestnuts in Coconut Milk –
Ah,
was good to dig into a bowl of this familiar dessert. It has the rich sweet
coconut milk and the crunchy water chestnuts just play around your taste buds.  They
also have three other desserts to choose from.
Tender Coconut Ice cream- Creamy ice cream that burst in your mouth
filling it with tender coconut flavour..


Now, since I had been to this restaurant earlier, I
was quite familiar with their food and so was curious to know what my friend
thought of their food. She was spot on when she said each dish had distinct
flavours and most of it were new to her. She definitely loved the place, the
food and service and even contemplated bringing her family over for a visit.
Benjarong doesn’t disappoint, infact every time I come
here, I fall in love with Thai food all over again…  There you go, a place to pick from the list
of restaurants in Chennai for this Restaurant Week India edition.
Address:
#
146, T T Krishnamachari Road, Alwarpet, Chennai- 18
Telephone:
044
2432 2640
Timings:
Lunch:
12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dinner:
7:00 PM-11:00 PM