Monday, April 25, 2011

Ben's General Food Store

The BIG Group continues to commandeer Bangsar Village's culinary battlefield, swelling its ranks with a fifth recruit to champion the cause of mouthwatering meals. (For the scorecard, BIG's Bangsar brigade also includes For Goodness Sake, Canoodling, Plan B & T Forty Two)

Not to be confused with Ben's at Pavilion and KLCC, this cafeteria-like eatery specializes in wood-fire pizzas, with a staggering 20 (!!!) savory varieties on the menu. Our choice: the super-large Caesar salad pizza, tantalizingly topped with cos lettuce, beef bacon, anchovies & eggs. Can't tell which is crispier: the hot-from-the-oven crust or the lettuce leaves.

Since this is a BIG restaurant, fresh salads are a serious matter. Scrumptious new recipes are available, with our favorite so far being the combo of scorched sweet corn & succulent crab meat with frisee, coriander, lime & mayo. Similar to BIG's other outlets, prices here are praiseworthy; salads cost slightly north of RM10, while pizzas average RM20.

Marinated button mushrooms & barley with spring onions, soy & lemon. Deliciously earthy and indelibly aromatic. We'll have no trouble remembering this when the west wind moves among those fabled fields of barley.

Customers who refuse to cower at the sight of carbs can reward themselves with a hearty plate of orecchiette pasta, baby peas, capers, arugula, garlic & parmesan. More terrific news: Ben's General Food Store will also be stacking shelves at a take-away section soon with bread, cheese, deli produce & wine.

Don't leave without discovering the dessert pizzas. This is one fine mess, flowing with lava-like mascarpone, sticky butterscotch, pears & almonds. Sweet dreams surely are made of this.

Nutella milkshake & chai tea latte. Final words to the food-wise: reservations seem essential, since every table here was taken by 8pm on opening night.

Ben's General Food Store,
Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284-8790
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20 comments:

  1. OMG! this is so swell! I'm gonna die happy. Salads & desserts all in one place! And with prices just as delicious!

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  2. Tng: yeah, and they'll be introducing daily specials for their salads too, so you could even have a different salad every day of the week soon! :D

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  3. It's a form of monopoly> :)

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  4. Michelle: or a colonial empire =)

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  5. Mmmmmm.... Nutella milkshake sounds insanely calorificly divine! :D

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  6. J: heheh, I'm a major fan of milkshakes! There are lotsa other varieties here, including peanut butter and rocky road too :D

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  7. I had the nutella milkshake too! :) :)

    And dammit...I should have gone for the button mushroom salad.

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  8. bangsar-babe: i wish that someone would introduce a nutella cocktail in kl!!! :D heh, i usually don't like button mushrooms, but the barley added a great texture =)

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  9. Love crunchy pizza crusts! And what a nice salad of button mushrooms.. Won't go wrong with me for sure. And don't even get me started on nutella milkshake...

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  10. iamthewitch: heh, looks like u'll be able to have a satisfying meal here! but remember to call and make a reservation if you're planning a meal during peak hours :D

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  11. I think this is going to be my BoiBoi's fave place soon!

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  12. babe_kl: here's hoping we'll bump into you and boiboi here sometime soon! :D

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  13. Saw them on their opening day but didn't get a chance to try them out. But i gotta say I love how it looks!

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  14. Qwazymonkey: oh yeah, they've got a really appealing appearance ... good-looking enough to attract dozens of customers every evening so far, it seems, heh :D

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  15. wow you're fast! I was just walking past this place when I was going to Garibaldi last week and you're already posting the food pics!

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  16. eiling: oooh, we might have just missed bumping into each other at bangsar village if we were there on the same evening :D

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  17. Looks awesome and worth a visit! The Caesar Salad pizza looks interesting. Should probably get something low in calorie so that I can have the nutella milkshake to accompany it :D Thanks for sharing!

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  18. contentment: hope u enjoy it! they've got about 10 milkshake varieties on their menu, including peanut butter banana, mint chocolate, oreo, rocky road and even a pineapple-&-coconut milkshake! :D

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  19. Dessert pizzas! Hooray! Make those my sweet dreams... ;)

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  20. lfb: ahh, but the more intriguing mystery is what your, ermm, wilder and spicier dreams would comprise :D

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