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New-look Benjarong opens at Dusit Thani Manila offering contemporary Thai cuisine in an elegant setting

Benjarong, the signature Thai restaurant of Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines
The redesigned restaurant now features an open kitchen and vibrant bar in a convenient location on the hotel’s ground floor
Benjarong, the signature Thai restaurant of Dusit Thani Manila, Philippines, has officially re-opened in a new location with a contemporary new look created by renowned Manila-based designer Manny Samson.  

Making the move from its original position on the hotel’s mezzanine level to the ground floor, the popular restaurant, which first opened in 1996, now occupies a larger space providing easier access for diners.  

Designed to reflect the word Benjarong, which is the Thai name given to intricately-painted porcelain and literally means ‘five colours,’ the new restaurant blends modern and traditional design elements to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine, plus some carefully considered contemporary creations designed to elevate traditional Thai recipes.  

Alongside signature Benjarong favourites such as Moo Ping (Grilled pork), Phad Thai Gung Sod (Fried noodles with prawns), See Krong Moo Krob Wan (Sweet pork ribs), and Gaeng Khieo Wan See Krong Neau Toon (Braised beef green curry), guests can also experience unique dishes such as Peek Gai Yad Sai Gaeng Khieo Wan Tord (Fried chicken wings stufffed with green curry), Pu Nim Phad Pong Kari (Soft-shell crab in yellow curry), and Gam Pla Phad Piew Wan (Fish cheek in sweet sauce), amongst others.  

“Like Dusit International’s flagship Benjarong restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand, we aim to delight all of a diner’s senses with our cuisine by preparing and presenting classic and contemporary dishes using only the finest ingredients,” said the restaurant’s head chef, Mr Watcharapon Yongbanthom. “Authenticity of flavour and gracious hospitality are key to the Benjarong experience, and it gives me great pleasure to showcase my country’s cuisine in this fascinating city.”  

Adding a touch of theatre to the dining experience, all dishes are prepared and cooked in an open kitchen. The new restaurant also features a bar with 28 seats where diners can enjoy a range of classic and innovative cocktails made using traditional Thai ingredients. Two private rooms can be booked for social events and corporate meetings.

  The restaurant opens daily for lunch and dinner. The bar opens daily from 11:30 to 14:30 and 17:30 to 24:00. A series of pop-up events and Thai cooking classes will be held throughout 2018.

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