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Ben’s General Food Store, Bangsar Village

My food radar has been a bit blunt lately, causing me to make bad food choices and miss out on newly opened places. Ben’s General Food Store opened in Bangsar Village last Friday, and rif who spotted it sent me a quick MMS picture of the outlet. No prizes for guessing where we went for lunch the next day!

The place was packed. We had to wait for 10 minutes for a table to be empty. Truth be told, this place felt like a cafeteria, albeit a nice one. The long tables were placed really close to each other and the metal chairs felt slightly uncomfortable, especially if you have a bony backside like mine.

I could hear the Dutch man next to me talking about his computer-programming job, while his wife munched away on her button mushroom and barley salad. And the couple next to them talked about their travel adventures and their plans to visit Jakarta and Bali. That was how close we were seated next to each other.

Pizza Station

Salad Counter

I scanned through the seemingly light menu and decided to order the heaviest thing I read – B.I.G Lasagna. See, I’ve never been a fan of salads and starting my Saturday with a meal of greens isn’t good for my mood. Imagine my dismay when the waiter told me ‘the lasagna is no more available’.

After further clarification, I found out that the B.I.G lasagna has yet to arrive at the outlet. Slightly annoyed, I ordered the mushroom lasagna (RM18.90) instead. This was a vegetarian dish but the waiter convinced me that it was as good as the meat version.

He was right; I was pleasantly surprised with my mushroom lasagna. The layers of oyster mushrooms, cream, pasta sheets and cheese were rich and gooey, with a good bite from the mushrooms. Portion was pretty generous and this came with a salad of your choice.

I opted for the pineapple and codfish salad, which turned out bland and boring. Like I said earlier, my food radar has been a bit blunt lately. A few drizzles of olive oil and shakes of pepper fixed it partially.

The menu at Ben’s offers a good selection of pizzas – both savoury and sweet. We tried the Il Carnivore Pizza (RM24.90) and loved it. Tomatoes, mozzarella, beef pepperoni, beef bacon, chicken cheese sausage and lamb chorizo on a thin pizza base made it a meat lover’s paradise.

Spot the cheese sausage

Each bite was meaty, cheesy, chunky and crusty. Expect a bit of smearing around your mouth. The couple next to us had the ruccola pizza which looked and smelt quite promising.

Meat, meat and more meat!

We polished off everything

For drinks, I had the recommended Nutella Milkshake (RM9.90) while rif ordered the Ben’s Iced Tea (RM8.90).

The latter tasted like a glorified ‘limau ais’ or lemonade — such a disappointment. I didn’t taste the tea in this iced tea. My milkshake was nutty, sweet and thick. It tasted good for the first few sips, but towards the end, it got a bit cloying and diluted.

Fudgy goodness!


Our waiter recommended the classic chocolate cake (RM9.90) for dessert, but I wasn’t keen on it. I’ve been eating the chocolate cake at Delicious so often, I don’t want to order it at Ben’s. Good thing I did, for this was pleasure on a plate. Moist, chocolate-y and dense with layers of chocolate fudge in between, it tasted absolutely wicked! The scoop of vanilla ice-cream was a tad small for the large cake; maybe it’s the other way around. But the Chinese in me would rather have a bigger slice of cake than ice cream.

Desserts on display

Since the place is new, a few things need to be ironed out. Service was quite friendly but rough around the edges. Ben’s is a good place to have quick and light meals. Portions are good and prices are moderate. I’m eyeing on their Sunday Roast (available on Sundays) and B.I.G Lasagna next.

Ambiance: 5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 6.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Decent deli food and good portions.

Ben’s General Food Store
G17-G18, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Village I
03-2284 8790


12 Responses

  1. Amelia

    I heard that Benjamin Yong (ex owner of Delicious) owned this place.

  2. timing

    vegetarian lasagna? isn't that something like … i dunno. non-alcoholic tiramisu, or drinking orange juice at a club?

    anyway I'm sure they could've chosen a better sounding name than Ben's General Food … if I was glancing at just the shop name I would've concluded that it was a kedai runcit ha ha.

  3. ai wei

    thanks for sharing, will take a visit to this place. yay!

  4. iamthewitch

    Ben's General Food Store does sound like a grocery instead of a restaurant! But I am loving the pizza that you ordered.. Chicken cheese sausage is yum! 🙂

  5. KY

    looks like another decent outlet at bangsar village.

  6. Sean

    oooh, that pizza looks gloriously topped. much more appetizing than domino's, but virtually the same price, heheh 😀 but ya, i agree that it kinda feels cramped here. my friend and i were fortunate to have a four-seater table to ourselves, but we might not be so lucky the next time! =)

  7. Bangsar-bAbE

    Sean – Hahaha…true! You're lucky. I felt suffocated. Next time, I'm going before lunch time…or after 3pm. 😛

    KY – Yup, I like this better than Plan B. Hopefully, quality stays that way. I heard Plan B started off well. Now it's blergh.

    iamthewitch – We should go there and do lunch! 😉

    ai wei – No prob!

    timing – Hahahahha…I had the same thought. Kedai runcit cantik. 😛

    But the lasagna was quite good la…for a vegetarian version.

    Amelia – You heard right! That man is on a roll. 🙂

  8. J2Kfm

    That seems like a good choice, reasonably-priced and safe choices. Why no salad on a Saturday? Haha … thought weekends supposed to be detox period?

  9. J

    LoL. Poor thing – so your "radar" is a bit off ah? How to tune it back into good shape?

  10. A, is for Anomaly

    went with a friend last week.the price is quite decent but the name reminds me of an american civil war shop.

  11. crispy lime

    love the salads, pizza’s and carrot cakes 🙂

  12. kakami

    Ben’s General Food Store – i think in publika is more presentable and big and it attached with theirs own Ben’s Supermarket. 😀

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