04/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
As we walked into the little place we were met with a warm casual atmosphere and a smile from the hostess. The space though small seemed to offer a nice intimacy with quiet service and hushed conversation from the other gourmands in the place.
The meal began with iced herbal tea which was wonderfully refreshing after wandering the Quarter. The tea was not sweet but had a nice fragrant finish.
We moved on to a bean fritter appetizer with a savory chutney(a hint of tamarind I think) which was exciting and as savoured these we looked forward to the entrees. I enjoyed ""the special"" which was a fragrant jerk chicken smothered in a spicey brown gravy with great depth of flavor. The chicken fell apart into delicate morsels and muddled with the white rice base which was delightful. The vegetables with the plate had been cooked in a broth that left the veggies both firm and delicious. My wife and I shared tastes of the other's dish to broaden our experience of the dishes. I was at a loss as to which I loved more.
For a great lunch or dinner and a delicious cultural experience I strongly recommend giving Bennachin a go.