Monday, October 26, 2015

Benjy Cafe @ E-Tiara Subang Jaya

Subang Jaya's residents may have warm memories of Ben & Nick's, a casual diner that opened at the E-Tiara Apartments in 2007. The outlet was initially founded by a couple who named it after their two sons; eight years later, the torch is passed to a new generation, as Ben has taken over the restaurant & renamed it Benjy, while preserving his parents' reputation for serving enjoyable Western fare at fair prices. Following a modest revamp to freshen the venue, this remains a cosy, welcoming eatery - the ideal neighbourhood destination for comfort food, prepared with plenty of thought & heart to deliver satisfying flavours.

Salads form the first pillar of the menu: You can mix & match a choice of topping (grilled shrimp, smoked salmon or Cajun chicken) with a dressing (orange vinaigrette, balsamic-garlic vinaigrette or mint yoghurt) to create your own personalised salad. Our hearty salad was loaded with shrimp (fresh & springy) & a kitchen-made vinaigrette of orange juice & honey that proved to be tasty companions for the base of crisp romaine lettuce, lollo rosso, cherry tomatoes, fruits, olives, crushed nuts & mint leaves that are cultivated here at Benjy. RM22; a recommended starter for sharing, filled with punchy, resonant flavours.

Pastas are also available for customisation - select a sauce (Cajun comes recommended, for a rich creaminess that's tempered with hints of spice, but you can also try other options like Carbonara) & then a topping (we chose the tender chunks of chicken breast for RM20, while others might prefer their pasta with pan-fried Norwegian salmon, beef bacon, minced beef or button mushrooms). Benjy does justice to its spaghetti, which surfaces steaming-hot & firm to the bite, with robust nuances.

Benjy is big on specials: If you visit this week, you might find mussels cooked with white wine sauce, a savoury recipe that features lots of meaty, artfully arranged molluscs for only RM25 nett. But our favourite special here is the New Zealand hake (RM39), a fish that's beautifully baked at Benjy, supplying a succulent, buttery flakiness, accompanied by heaps of perfectly crisp fries & crunchy veggies - it's a main course that we hope will stay put on Benjy's permanent repertoire.

Deal-hunters, take note: On most days, Benjy's Australian sirloin steak costs RM45, but on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, you can have it for RM35, & add RM12 for an optional glass of red wine (usually RM15). But no matter what day you're here, you can count on a sweet finish with the apple crumble & ice cream (RM9; a recipe of Ben's mom) or the warm brownie (RM9; deeply decadent despite being gluten-free, built with dark chocolate & almond flour). Many thanks to Benjy for having us here.

Benjy Cafe
G-10, E-Tiara Serviced Apartments, Persiaran Kemajuan SS16, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Daily, 1130am-3pm, 630pm-1130pm. Tel: 012-3816-307 or 012-395-3355


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16 comments:

  1. E-Tiara.. One of the early pioneer of high rise residential area before other followed suit... I bought a unit in Casa Tiara next to it but had since sold it. Will drop by when I happen to be in subang area

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    1. Leo: i think you'd enjoy the food here :) ooo, the original founders of this eatery still live nearby, apparently ... maybe casa tiara :)

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  2. I wish there is a nice restaurant like Benjy in my condo, so during the lazy day can just walk down and have a comfort meal. :D

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    1. CK: heheh, me too! i'd be happy to have benjy's fish and meat dishes on a regular basis. i've never eaten at my own condo, cos the fish in my condo restaurant's aquarium look like they're dying :)

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    2. " the fish in my condo restaurant's aquarium look like they're dying " - thks Sean. I had a good laugh!! :D

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    3. Rebecca: heh, i've seen one fish floating upside down in that aquarium :)

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  3. Steak and wine seem to be a pretty good deal.

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    1. The Yum List: and a perfect pairing :)

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  4. Lovely decent place and the food too but the prices seem more to those at the classier posh-looking joints. It would be nice to put the spray and rags to wipe the tables out of sight. I spy with my eye...something beginning with g. A guitar! Live entertainment while you dine?

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, sharp eyes! the guitar looks functional, but i'm not sure it would get strummed unless a customer picks it up! :)

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  5. This is such a neat place, Sean! The meals look very good, too!

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    1. Linda: it was a satisfying sunday night dinner :)

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    1. Choi Yen: comforting and a fuss-free meal :)

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  7. Food looks good.. Plus from the pictures, the place looks homey :)

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    1. Jessica: yeah, customers will feel at home here, thanks to the pleasant service :)

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