Ever since our good experiences at Plan b (despite what a lot of other reviews say otherwise), I've been excited to try Ben's General Food Store ever since it opened since they're both under the same management. However, we usually end up somewhere else. (it's either, "aiya, forgot about it!", "eh they only got pizza", "craving for McDonalds", "sigh so broke this month" and a host of other reasons.
One Monday, Adam was on leave and I managed to leave work at 6pm on the dot, so we decided to finally patronize Ben's General Food Store.
Ben's General Food Store is usually crowded and seats you school-canteen-style. Odds will have you sitting in close proximity with strangers on both your left and right, making it difficult NOT to eavesdrop.
As it is with all eateries under the BIG Management, I did love the the little touches of creativity on the walls and on their menus.
On their drinks menu, you'll find an array of milkshakes ranging from the comforting conventional like Oreo and the interestingly innovative like Banoffee Pie & Pina Colada. I went for a simple one that night, the Nutella Milkshake (RM 11.90) which was a concoction of vanilla ice cream and milk blended with a generous serving of nutella and hazelnuts. It was rich and creamy on first sip but got increasingly sweet and thick towards the end. I did however, like the hazelnut bits in the milkshake for a change.
The Orecchiette Pasta (RM 11.90) wasn't the first thing that we selected from the menu. However, every other salad and appetizer that Adam ordered was met with a "sorry sir, no more already". Getting annoyed, Adam instead asked for what was left and they recommended this. Served with baby peas, rocket and parmesan, the Orecchiette Pasta was unfortunately was one of the poorest cold pasta salads we had tasted. The greens were fresh enough to our tastebuds, but the pasta was awfully pasty and stale. I'm pretty disappointed that they allowed something like that to be served.
Being a carnivore himself, it was only natural that Adam gravitated towards the Il Carnivore (RM 24.90), a tomato-sauce-based pizza with mozzarella cheese, beef pepperoni, turkey bacon, chicken cheese sausage and lamb chorizo.
This tasted all right; the sausages were tasty (although I couldn't taste any cheese) and the lamb chorizo, while a tad salty, was added an interesting herb-y dimension to the flavour of the pizza. However, Adam was not as easily satisfied as I was, as he felt the meat was distributed shoddily. I guess Ben's General Food Store fans would argue that it's the chef's style and that it's all in the charm of the restaurant, but that means you would go for mouthfuls of pizza without any meat at all.
Despite the high praises that was sung of Ben's General Food Store, Adam and I left feeling very disappointed. They had run out of a lot of the food off the menu, and the food that we ended up ordering in the end was not up to our expectations. I think we'll stick to the other BIG outlets the next time.
Ben's General Food Store | SiteG17 & 18, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Village 1
No. 1, Jalan Telawi Satu
59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +6 03 2284 8790