Benjarong is celebrating the Songkran festival with a promotion featuring local Thai flavours
SONGKRAN is Thailand’s New Year festival, where youngsters pay their respects to elders and devotees offer food to Buddhist monks. In the city, Benjarong’s brand chef, Ram Kumar, a frequent visitor to Thailand, has decided to commemorate the occasion by treating us to the culinary signatures from Thai streets. He has curated a menu with around 30 dishes, including staples like khao pahd maprao gai yang kamin (grilled turmeric-flavoured chicken served with coconut rice and mango salad).
As we start with dimsums (stuffed with minced prawn and water chestnut, and served with a sweet basil dip), Kumar informs us that ingredients like mama noodles and items like dips and sauces have been imported from Thailand. So we are quite enthusiastic as we try the mama noodles that is served swimming in a rather piquant seafood soup with a strong lemongrass flavour. Talking about tastes, Kumar reveals that he has brought down the spice quotient in the dishes. We are glad for the fact (the original versions could leave us in tears) as we finish a plate of tender grilled chicken and prawn skewers. One of our favourite dishes is the steamed seafood mousse, which has us spooning up every last bite. For a sweet ending, try the tender coconut ice cream served with jackfruit slices.
Meal for two at Rs 1,800 plus taxes. Till April 24. Details: 24322640
— Karan Pillai