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.