Sunday, June 29, 2008

Benjamas Taste of Thai - Heavenly Spring Rolls and More!

Benjamas Taste of Thai – 34-16 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
N/W Train to Broadway

Thai places are everywhere in Astoria and there’s some great ones out there. Although I’m partial to Wave Thai and Leng Thai, I’m excited that new Thai eateries are springing up in all parts of our neighborhood.

I recently had the chance to sample the cuisine of Benjamas Taste of Thai at the Cuisine of Queens and Beyond event at the Astoria World Manor. Great stuff--and I’ll surely be coming back for a proper meal. One taste of their crunchy veggie spring rolls got me hooked and made me grab a menu.

There’s a lot of good buzz around Benjamas—they must be doing something right because people are talking about ‘em a lot. Recently when getting a manicure, I overheard a woman next to me raving about them and calling their food “EXCELLENT.”

Check it out for yourself and take a look at their abbreviated menu below:


Spring Roll – Vegetarian spring roll stuffed with cabbage, carrot, glass noodles, served with plum sauce…$4.50

Shrimp in a Blanket – Marinated shrimp wrapped in egg roll skin…$7.95

Thai Dumplings – Steamed ground chicken, shrimp and mushrooms served with garlic balsamic, black soy and chili sauce…$5.95

Noodles and Fried Rice:

Spicy Basil Fried Rice – Thai style fried rice with basil, chili and onions…$10 (chicken), $11 (beef), $12 (shrimp)

Lard Nah – Stir-fried flat rice noodles with garlic, Chinese broccoli served in a thick gravy…$9 (chicken), $10 (beef), $11 (shrimp)

Crabmeat and Shrimp Fried Rice – Thai style fried rice with tomato, egg, onions, scallions, shrimp and lump crab meat…$12


Seafood Kra Prao – Sauteed seafood with onions, chili and holy basil…$15

Taste of Thai Cashew Nut – Sauteed mushrooms, cashew nuts, carrots, sweet onions, garlic and chili…$10 (chicken), $11 (beef), $12 (shrimp)

Pad Sweet Sour – Stir-fried mixed vegetables with sweet and sour sauce…$10 (chicken), $11 (beef), $12 (shrimp)

Lunch specials include a sampling of noodle, curry and rice dishes for about $7.

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