Benjarong, the multi-awarded and globally-recognized Thai bar and restaurant that originated from Bangkok, soft opens in Davao on November 1. It brings authentic and rich Thai flavors to please even the most discerning of palates.
Named after the royal porcelain of Thailand, Benjarong literally means “five colors” which represent the five different tastes—sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami or savory. These tastes are revealed in the simple yet complex flavors of the dishes and drinks available in the bar and restaurant.
“We are very excited to bring the well-loved Benjarong to Davao because it will be the first and only authentic Thai bar and restaurant in the city. We want our guests to be transported to the dynamic country of Thailand as soon as they set foot inside. From the décor to ambiance and menu, we curated everything so our guests can have a pleasurable and memorable dining experience,”Christopher Wichlan, General Manager of dusitD2 Davao; Dusit Thani Residence Davao; and The Beach Club at Lubi Plantation Island, managed by Dusit.
The Perfect Blend of Tradition and Innovation
Leading the kitchen of Benjarong Davao are Resident Thai Chef Suthin Songmuang and Filipino Chef de Cuisine Jessa Marie Lacerna. With their direction and expertise, Benjarong Davao delivers delectable dishes that are made flavorful from fresh herbs and aromatic spices. “We are staying true to Benjarong’s roots and keeping all dishes as authentic as possible. The taste would be as close to how Thai people know it [to be],” says Chef Lacerna.
Born in Udon Thani, a city in the northeast of Thailand, Chef Suthin creates dishes that are inspired by his mother’s home cooking. “My culinary style is based on the Isan region where I grew up. It is characterized by vibrant flavors, fresh herbs, and strong spices. Each dish is comfort food on a plate,” adds Chef Songmuang.
Benjarong Davao’s menu was developed around the ingredients available within the region and the restaurant works with local farmers to grow herbs in the highlands of Davao. To remain close to the original Thai flavors, some ingredients also have to be sourced directly from Thailand.
Benjarong Davao’s Thai signature dishes include Som Tam (authentic Thai papaya salad), Tom Yam Gai (tiger prawn soup with galangal, lemongrass, kaffir lime and chili), Khao Pad Khai (fried rice with egg, carrot, tomato and spring onions), Pla Sam Ros (deep-fried seabass with three-flavor sauce), Gung Sa Moon Prai (wok-fried tiger prawns with lemongrass, lime leaves, capsicum, chili and garlic), and Khao Niew Ma Muang (mango sticky rice with coconut ice cream).
The Venue for Special Moments and Celebrations
Aside from its Thai fare favorites, Benjarong Davao also features a full bar with an extensive list of local and international beers, fine wines, and bespoke cocktails prepared by its resident mixologist; making it the go-to venue for after-work drinks, meetings, celebrations, and special events.
From Wednesdays to Saturdays, a DJ plays at 9:00 PM to provide guests with a warm ambiance and lively vibe; perfect for enjoying time with family and friends.
To celebrate its opening, unlimited rounds of Chang and Singha beers, selected wines, and signature Thai cocktails, are available during Benjarong Davao’s Happy Hour every evening from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for only PHP 599 nett.
Benjarong Davao operates daily from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar and restaurant extend its hours until 1:00 AM. For inquiries and reservations, please call +63 (82) 272-7500 or e-mail email@example.com.