Bentara

★★★★☆
  • 76 Orange St

    New Haven, CT 06510

    Map & Directions
  • 203-562-2511

About Bentara

Hours
Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5-9:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5-10:30 pm, Sun 5-9:30 pm

Food

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my friend and i try and get to new haven as much as possible...all for this restaurant...we love it! sunday night we had the good fortune to not only meet, but talk to the chef/owner....it was an absolute delight...the roti chanai is and will always be the best on this planet...the beers were cold...and the service prompt...what else do you need?

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★★★★★

my friend and i try and get to new haven as much as possible...all for this restaurant...we love it! sunday night we had the good fortune to not only meet, but talk to the chef/owner....it was an absolute delight...the roti chanai is and will always be the best on this planet...the beers were cold...and the service prompt...what else do you need?

Cons: none

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I wasn't sure to expect from Malaysian food, but man is it ever good! I love Bentara. My friends and I get here for lunch when we can. It is a bit small, but quiet and relaxing. The food is great, and spicy. I don't think I'd ever dare order anything extra hot like I do at Thai and Chinese places though! I prefer the meals over the noodle bowls, as noodles are easy to come by. Try something exotic!

4
★★★★☆

I wasn't sure to expect from Malaysian food, but man is it ever good! I love Bentara. My friends and I get here for lunch when we can. It is a bit small, but quiet and relaxing. The food is great, and spicy. I don't think I'd ever dare order anything extra hot like I do at Thai and Chinese places though! I prefer the meals over the noodle bowls, as noodles are easy to come by. Try something exotic!

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This is by no means a review about the actual food read further to see why. My wife and I had decided to have dinner after work when we stumbled upon this place. The decor was very nice and it looked like a real 'happening' type of place. The place was half empty but it was a Thursday so I didn't expect many people. My wife and I browsed through the menu for about 10 minutes while sipping our waters and discussing the menu. We then closed them and waited...waiters and waitresses pass us by for 15 minutes without asking us anything. As I was looking around I see a few waiters and waitresses standing at the back chit-chatting and doing absolutely nothing. Finally one of the waiters strolls over and says "sorry nobody told me". My wife and I ordered and then came to the realization that we didn't want to be here anymore. We stood up and lo & behold to waitresses run over and say "HI, is there anything wrong?" Yes there is something wrong, when your customers are waiting for 15 minutes to order a drink or some appetizers or anything! Poor, poor, poor, service. Although I can't honestly not recommend the food, I can not recommend going on a weekday for fear of starvation and atrocious service.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is by no means a review about the actual food read further to see why. My wife and I had decided to have dinner after work when we stumbled upon this place. The decor was very nice and it looked like a real 'happening' type of place. The place was half empty but it was a Thursday so I didn't expect many people. My wife and I browsed through the menu for about 10 minutes while sipping our waters and discussing the menu. We then closed them and waited...waiters and waitresses pass us by for 15 minutes without asking us anything. As I was looking around I see a few waiters and waitresses standing at the back chit-chatting and doing absolutely nothing. Finally one of the waiters strolls over and says "sorry nobody told me". My wife and I ordered and then came to the realization that we didn't want to be here anymore. We stood up and lo & behold to waitresses run over and say "HI, is there anything wrong?" Yes there is something wrong, when your customers are waiting for 15 minutes to order a drink or some appetizers or anything! Poor, poor, poor, service. Although I can't honestly not recommend the food, I can not recommend going on a weekday for fear of starvation and atrocious service.

Pros: Very nice ambience and decor

Cons: Terrible Service

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The food at Bentara was out of this world! It was my first experience with Malaysian food and I was NOT disappointed! We ordered sping rolls as an appetizer. They were so tasty and light that they roll was literally flaking off (not in a bad way). The dipping sauce was sweet and spicy, an excellent combination. For my main course I had the Goreng pedas, almost like a beef stir fry with green beans, slivered onions, and diced potatoes. Again, very spicy and tasty. I'm actually eating the leftovers right now! My boyfriend had a steak that melted in your mouth! Thick, juicy, and tender.
Martinis were great as well! Service was wonderful too. I loved the atmosphere - classy, but casual.
I would definitely recommend Bentara to anyone who likes spicy food. If not, you probably won't enjoy it, as most dishes are labeled "spicy". I definietly plan to return soon.

2
★★★★★

The food at Bentara was out of this world! It was my first experience with Malaysian food and I was NOT disappointed! We ordered sping rolls as an appetizer. They were so tasty and light that they roll was literally flaking off (not in a bad way). The dipping sauce was sweet and spicy, an excellent combination. For my main course I had the Goreng pedas, almost like a beef stir fry with green beans, slivered onions, and diced potatoes. Again, very spicy and tasty. I'm actually eating the leftovers right now! My boyfriend had a steak that melted in your mouth! Thick, juicy, and tender.
Martinis were great as well! Service was wonderful too. I loved the atmosphere - classy, but casual.
I would definitely recommend Bentara to anyone who likes spicy food. If not, you probably won't enjoy it, as most dishes are labeled "spicy". I definietly plan to return soon.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: parking

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Wow Interesting flavorful food. Best asian food I have ever had. Friendly professional service. Hip and happining place!

2
★★★★★

Wow Interesting flavorful food. Best asian food I have ever had. Friendly professional service. Hip and happining place!

Pros: excellent food, excelent service, beautiful restaurant

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When he opened Bentara in 1995 in East Haven, chef Hasni Jeff Ghazali's goal was to serve Malaysian food for the masses. The success of Connecticut's first Malaysian restaurant, which relocated to New Haven's historic Ninth Square district…

 

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