When we’re out traveling we try to avoid chain restaurants, opting instead, for the local fare. This is especially important for us in St. George since we plan on working and playing here often. We were lucky enough to have someone recommend us to Benja’s Thai restaurant. Definitely our favorite place we ate on this trip. Not only does Benja do a mean yoga class, but she provides an excellent dining experience!
We started out with some cherry Cokes and raspberry lemonades since it was in the mid-90’s outside. Wonderfully made and brought out to table almost immediately. We knew already that the service was going to be out of this world. (Thank you Mari, for taking such good care of our table!) We then ordered our food. There is a large variety of foods, cooked to order, available to choose from so it took a few minutes for us to decide. Of course, our two year old little girl needed to use the restroom in the middle of our ordering. I have to say, the facilities were well cared for and very clean. So nice! Anyway, back to the food.
We ordered some pot stickers to enjoy and they give you the option to pan fry them, deep fry them, or steam them. We went with the pan-fried ones and they were tasty! I’ll order two rounds next time because they were that tasty!
For our main dishes, served family style, we ordered Pang Thai Noodles, Thai Orange Chicken, the Spicy Basil dish with pork, and the Yellow Curry. You can choose your meat for each of these, as well as the level of spice you want. We kept it mild for the kids but Mari brought us out a spice rack too, so Marc and I added some heat to the dishes. The dishes were all wonderfully prepared and provided us a great variety. The recipes used were top notch and enjoyed by everyone except our two year old, who was having one of her moments J. The blend of flavor and texture put us into one of those peaceful, it’s a great day kind of moods. Above all of this, though, was the obviously fresh ingredients used in each dish. There was no question these meals weren’t from cans. There was a very fresh, healthy feel to the food, with a touch of grandma’s care. Pricing was very fair. No complaints there either.
We were beyond stuffed, they don’t short you on portion sizes, but had heard about the sweet mango sticky rice desert, so we thought we’d try to squeeze in a little more. Even when we were so full we could burst the desert was incredible. The sweet mango rice, all by itself, is reason enough to stop in to Benja’s and eat until you’re so full you hurt. We did!
The next time we make the drive down to St. George, you can be sure we’ll stop in and see Benja’s, with their beautiful tables and chairs and nice music in the background. The only thing we’ll do differently next time is we’re ordering sushi! We hear it’s as outstanding as the rest of the food we enjoyed. Thanks Benja’s!