Benjarong
A stylish Thai eatery in upper Rockville.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 9, 2006
Benjarong
Address: 855 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
Phone: 301-424-5533
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Thai
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 3 and 5 to 10, Friday through Saturday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Sunday Noon to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Twinbrook, Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Grilled beef salad; spring rolls; chive dumplings; deep-fried duck; fried whole fish with garlic and chilies; red duck curry; seafood stew with green chili and coconut; pad thai; pad see eew; mango with sticky rice.
Price Details: Appetizers, $4 to $10. Entrees, $9 to $20.

June 2005

Cheap and chic aren't always compatible, but this Thai eatery is both. Stylish light fixtures, wood carvings, and fresh flowers make for an eye-catching dining room, and prices belie the artsy plates and quality ingredients found in dishes classic or creative. Spicy Thai salads--we like the grilled beef with lemongrass and chilies--are beautifully done, as are crispy spring rolls with savory bits of chicken and carrot in every bite. Be on the lookout for an occasional special of plump chive dumplings, a Thai delicacy.

The restaurant is known for its deep-fried dishes, most notably one made with duck. Equally good is the whole-fish preparation with garlic and chilies. Curry fans will want to dip into spicy red duck curry or gaeng keow wan, a tasty seafood stew with green chili and coconut. For the noodle crowd, there's pad Thai and savory pad see eew, made with chewy, ultra-wide noodles. Mango with sticky rice is the classic finish.
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