Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ben's General Food Store

Ben's General Food Store: Round Two. Earlier entry: April 25.

Fittingly, the fiery color of crimson dominates this entry, reflecting our burning enthusiasm for the food at BGFS _ even this bringer of bad breath: a Tuscan summer salad of crunchy panzanella bread, capsicum, capers & basil with (hold your nose!) onions, garlic & anchovies.

We usually shun lasagna, a dish that often bears the scarlet letter of cheesy shame. But this luscious, not-overwhelmingly-tangy preparation is a nice reminder of the best moments in our mid-1990s love affair with bechamel-soaked sheets of pasta.

Roasted cod fish & pineapples with green chilli, cucumbers, tomatoes, coriander & coconut milk. Would work wonderfully with a pina colada (a less-than-subtle hint that we'd love to see cocktails surface on the menu here someday).

Moroccan lamb meatballs. Pleasantly mushy, with nary a hint of gaminess. This would partner perfectly with a Bloody Mary (or two, if you've had a bad day).

Roasted beetroot, walnuts & white beans. A terrific treat for beet-lovers, one of KL's most woefully neglected communities.

Finally, what could be redder than red wine? It's not on the menu so far, but customers can hop to Village Grocer, buy a bottle and drink it here (corkage is RM30).

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

  1. I was there today. The food wasn't too bad. Think I'll be heading back a few times more before the honeymoon period's over. LOL

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  2. Qwazymonkey: oooh, hope u weren't squashed at a cramped table! The size of the crowds here during dinner are starting to scare me. But I also still wanna return, to try their babaghanoush pizza maybe :D

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  3. yes, i was considerably too fat for the tiny table. 6 of us on one table. tsk tsk. No space to put any of our dishes...which all came at once. Next time, i'm just gonna order one-by-one. Loads more to try. Salad and dessert pizzas were good too.

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  4. Oh my.. can't wait to head here for some desserts & salads! Yup, no mains required ;p

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  5. The food is mostly red in colour! Lots of tomatoes eh?

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  6. Qwazymonkey: eeks. Ya, the seating arrangement is a bit of a drag. Feels like I'm back at my high school canteen during recess :D And the combination of the background music and the sound of everyone talking in that small space makes the place noisier than it should be. Oh wells, at least there's still a nice overall positive vibe here, just like at canoodling or plan b =)
    TNG: I haven't managed to try their dessert puddings yet! It's a small selection, but the peach cobbler sounds promising! There's also a banoffee pie milkshake that I hope to have sometime =)
    Michelle: yep, tomatoes and capsicum, beets and wine! Heheh, wasn't planned that way, but it somehow worked out nicely. My favorite color isn't red though, I prefer green and blue :D

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  7. whoa BEETZ.. love beets.. but the place is always overpacked.. too intimidating to be squashed.. will definitely keep this place in my list to try, especially after your review on the ceasar salad pizza.. wicked!

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  8. Yeah service also like Plan B. LOL

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  9. hi sean, have been following your blog since the beginning. just wondering what do u do for living till u can afford nice food and wine everyday... and do u eat normal food like kfc, mcd, chap fan?

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  10. nell: fortunately for me, my dining companion here doesn't like beets, so i didn't have to share that salad, heh! and ya, i figure it's better to head here for a very early dinner at 5pm, stay for two hours and escape when the crowd strikes =)
    qwazymonkey: that's NOT a compliment! but ya, you have a good point. they're friendly and well-meaning, but many of them seem to get absent-minded and confused a bit too easily :D
    qwertyuio: thanks for reading. i actually don't spend much on other stuff like clothes and gadgets, so that enables me to channel more cash to dinners. and i usually skip brekkie and lunch, so that helps too. i used to enjoy fast food, but i think i've already eaten enough big macs for one life =)

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  11. So the meat lasagna was good? I'm so having that when I'm there this Friday! :)

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  12. bangsar-babe: yep, a pleasant surprise! fresh and soft (but not falling apart), with a sauce that tasted kinda homemade instead seeming artificial...

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  13. am very sure my BoiBoi wud love it here cos got his fave lasagne. his current fave is the one from, guess where??? lol delicious

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  14. Babe_KL: oooh, I think I've actually never tried the lasagna at delicious before! But ya, hopefully boiboi will love the one here too (and it comes with a side salad, heheh) :D

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