3.9 / 2 votes

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Upscale Malaysian cuisine

Restaurant, Bar

Offers a variety of dishes made with tofu, including curries and stir-frys.

Added by conde.kedar on Aug 12 10 (last updated Aug 12 10)

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Bentara is a swanky restaurant with food that's decent, but not great. They don't have a ton of vegan options, but there are a few.

We started off with the crispy spring rolls ($5.50) and the tofu sumbat ($7) as appetizers. The spring rolls were nothing you couldn't find at any Chinese strip-mall joint, and were bland on their own. The tofu sumbat, however, was unusual: four large chunks of baked tofu stuffed with carrots and bean sprouts and served with a savory peanut sauce. I really liked the sauce and the dish came together well on a whole; my only gripe is that the tofu could have been crispier on the outside.

For our main course we had the "Kelantanese Kerutuk" ($18), a stir-fry in a thick coconut gravy made with numerous spices. The gravy on this dish was excellent and multifaceted. The dish came loaded with cubes of fried tofu, pieces of eggplant and carrot, and exactly four baby potatoes (which put the dish over the top for me). While I thought this dish was tasty, the portion size was small considering the high price tag.

Bentara has no brown rice, which is a shame. Lastly, the service was friendly and prompt.

I'd come to Bentara for lunch, but I don't think it's worth it for dinner. Vegan options are limited but what they do have is pretty tasty.


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This is a great restaurant with many vegetarian options including tofu based apps and delicious soups!

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Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Prices

$$ - average

Payment

  • MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • Malaysian

Features

  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic

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Hours

11:30am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 9:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 10:30pm
11:30am - 2:30pm;
5pm - 9:30pm

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