KHAO POD TOD NAMPRIK POW
TANGY WATERMELON AND CHAI MANOW
DETAILS ON THE SPOON
KAENG KEOW WHAN PHAK AND EXPRESSION OF SEEING GOOD FOOD "PRICELESS"
AITIN TOD AND MY EXPRESSION EATING IT, SEE HERE
First word that I can think of while writing this blog post is "Finally". Welcome to the first food and restaurant review at "Stilettos Diary".
George Bernard Shaw once said-“There is no love sincerer than the love of food”. I totally agree. I am no food expert. I simply enjoy eating food. To me eating food is a ritual, I absolutely love to savor in different flavors and be lost momentary in my own world. I have always been a sucker for good Thai food. Among all the places I have tried, the only restaurant which has managed to satisfy my taste buds is Benjarong. Given a chance I want to backpack across Thailand exploring the exotic and gustatory attractions the city has to offer. Unfortunately, with my work commitments all I can manage right now is trip to Ulsoor Road and reliving a Thai experience at Benjarong.
With dim lighting and not so loud music, the ambiance of Benjarong welcomes you to a culinary feast. I usually snuggle myself in a corner of the restaurant to have some downtime from the hustle bustle of the city and catch up on reading.
My food journey starts with MIAN KHUM, mix of lettuce with onion, roasted peanuts and coconut, red chillies (never add two of them! Unless you want smoke coming out of your ears), ginger and jaggery sauce. The fresh lettuce adds the required crunch and the jaggery sauce mixed with ginger and red chillies adds the extra punch to the starter.
Next stop was KHAO POD TOD NAMPRIK POW (KPTNP). KPTNP is nothing but baby-corn toasted with roasted chilli paste and served on rice tartlets. If you are going to Benjarong you must try this. The chef knows his way with starters. The minced baby-corn is fried to perfection and rice tartlet adds the required crunch. I kept re-enacting in Gollum's voice "my precious" and munched almost the entire starter. My poor photographer Murali was speechless looking at me.
For Main course I ordered, KAENG KEOW WHAN PHAK. It is nothing but Thai green curry with vegetables served with Jasmine Rice. I am not a huge fan of Thai red curry, but green curry is a gustatory adventure. It is on the spicy side. I needed several tissues before I could finish the main course. Nevertheless, spicy food is something I enjoy and I have no complains. The rice was perfect, the gravy was consistent and had right amount of zing.
I ended my meal with AITIM TOD. Usually, the main course and starters fill my stomach that until today I had never ordered desserts in Benjarong. But AITIM TOD, tempted me to try it out. It is nothing but fried ice-cream (Imagine the calories). I am still wondering how it is prepared. Nevertheless, eating it is a big problem I faced. If I cut it into two halves, the ice-cream melts and the flavor is gone and gulping it down is a huge task!
In short, I enjoyed my 3 hours at Benjarong (that is how long I took to finish my meal). Great ambiance and authentic Thai food. So, if you haven't been to Benjarong yet, I suggest you get on a Tuk - Tuk and head to Ulsoor road pronto! If you have been to Benjarong, tell me other must try items. The next time I go to Benjarong, I will definitely try it out. Do let me know what you think of the new addition to Stilettos diary.
OVERALL RATING :4
VALUE FOR MONEY: Cost for two is about Rs. 2000 which I feel is bit on higher side.
ADDRESS: 1/3, Ulsoor Road, Near Manipal Centre, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka, 500009, Ulsoor Rd, Hanumanthappa Layout, Sivanchetti Gardens, Bangalore, Karnataka 560001