CloverEats: Bentara in New Haven
We walked by Bentara the other day and were intrigued by the lights in the window. It’s a restaurant serving Malaysian food, which is something I’m not very familiar with, so we decided to try it out. It was pretty empty on a weekday evening, so we were seated immediately. There looked to be metered parking on the street outside.
The windows let in a nice amount of light, and I bet at night the twinkle lights cast a night glow. There are a lot of interesting sculptures and decorations on the wall. We started off with a Bentara’s Martini, which was strong and sweet, but nothing special. We split two appetizers, the tofu sumbat and roti murtabak. The taste is similar to a mix of Thai and Indian cuisine. Fred really liked the roti murtabak, but I thought both were mediocre.
As an entree, we split a stir fry with broad rice noodles and chicken and tofu. Again, even though we were starving from all the moving and unpacking, I thought the dish was quite plain. From reading reviews online, it sounds like Bentara’s used to be great, but has gone downhill in recent years. The service was a bit on the slow side as well, with what looked like only two waiters serving the whole restaurant. This was an interesting foray into Malaysian cuisine, but otherwise nothing remarkable.
Check them out on Yelp or at their website!
EDIT: This restaurant has just recently closed!