July 12, 2020

Benjarong at Dusit Thani Manila

Dine-In Review Series



Benjarong is our go-to place in Metro Manila when we crave for Thai cuisine. Benjarong received the Thai Select seal of approval from the Thai government, so I cannot emphasize more how authentic the Thai dishes served at Benjarong. It is one of the very first hotel restaurants in Makati which reopened for dine-in when Metro Manila was placed on the less strict General Community Quarantine (GCQ).


► ARRIVAL EXPERIENCE



We went straight to Benjarong after having our temperature checked by security at the hotel's entrance. Here at Benjarong, completion of the health declaration form is done at the dining table instead of the restaurant's reception. Online health declaration form is currently not available at Benjarong.



Our temperatures were read again and recorded on our health declaration forms. The staff then offered to spray sanitizer on our hands. An envelope was also provided to us to safe-kee our masks.




► RESTAURANT EXPERIENCE



Benjarong currently operates at 30% seating capacity, in compliance with the regulations set by the government. There are fewer tables now compared to before. Tables are well-spaced to ensure social distancing and guests no allowed to seat face to face. Food servers wear a facemask all the time and kept a safe distance away from the diners.




► DINING EXPERIENCE



The e-menu is accessible via a QR code. Our table was empty when we arrived. It was only after we ordered when utensils were set-up on our table. Cutleries were neatly wrapped in a table napkin while plates were provided right before our food was served. Dishes were covered with cling wrap when they were served on our table. The staff will offer to remove the cover for you or you can choose to remove them yourself.




► DINING EXPERIENCE

Som Tam

We ordered Som Tam for starter. It is a generous serving of freshly shredded green papaya mixed with julienned carrots, bell peppers, and string beans. It has a well-balanced saltiness from the fish sauce, sweetness from palm sugar, and tartness from the freshly squeezed lime.

Pad Thai

We then ordered Pad Thai and had the prawns substituted with chicken. This is quite a generous serving that is good for three to four persons. The staff was nice enough to mix the noodles for us.

Beef Massaman Curry

For our main dish, we ordered the Beef Massaman Curry. The sauce was very creamy, flavorful, and full of aromatic spices. I loved how tender the beef was while the cashew nuts added a crunchy contrast to the texture. We paired this with steamed jasmine rice. The dish is big enough for two to three persons to share.




► VERDICT



As always, Benjarong never fails to satisfy my craving for authentic Thai cuisine. With the guarantee of health safety and stringent sanitation, I will be happy to come back here and dine-in again.

PROS

  • Tables are well-spaced and social distancing is strictly observed.
  • Guests can comfortably fill out the health declaration forms while seated.
  • Hand sanitizer is constantly offered by the servers.
  • E-menu is available via a QR code.
  • Utensils are set up only when the guests are ready to dine.
  • Food is covered when served to protect from airborne contaminants.
  • Contactless payment options (GCash) are available.
  • Service was excellent. Special thanks to Ken Gully for being super attentive and helpful.

CONS

  • Please consider using an online health declaration form. This is to minimize the use of paper and lower the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Using cling wrap to cover food means more plastic waste. Please consider using food cover cloche instead.





Benjarong
Ground Level, Dusit Thani Manila
Ayala Centre, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours: Daily 12:00nn to 2:30om / 06:00pm to 10:00pm
Contact: +63 (02) 7238-8888
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