BIG hearty food
When I enter Ben’s Independent Grocery shop (BIG) in Publika, my eyes are instantly hypnotized by what seems to be millions of goods with intriguing, and for some, familiar colorful packaging. I almost instinctively reach for the french products, and suddenly I need to make choices… I cannot bring all those beauties back home! Should I go for the chic and delightful Truffle pasta from La maison de la truffe, Paris? Or maybe my favorite salt, the Fleur de sel de Guerande? Oh no, I feel like traveling to the sea side in Spain today, and fill my basket with boquerones, sardinas, and all their canned fishy friends from the mediterranean sea. Olé!
So many mouth watering goods and hard decisions trigger hunger (at least in a french person) – and what a delight to find Ben’s General Foodstore, niched between alleys of international gourmet food.
In an open cosy area overlooking the store, the laid back restaurant with its nice wooden tables and bistros chairs is an invitation to take a break from a busy day. The smells from the roast beef being cut floats in the air, along with the wild and warm smell of the mushroom quiches that are being heating up, while the many different salads are a feast for the eyes.
This day, we tried the half chicken that comes with two generous portions of salad and the sirloin, paired with some red argentinian wine to sublime this balanced lunch. The half chicken is definitely a best value – a crispy skin, very soft and generous texture – with its side salads. There are so many salads to choose from, a cold orecchiette salad, roquette and parmiggiano one, tabbouleh, and much more! that I actually want to try them all. The sirloin was ok, but didn’t have any special sparkle though.
Treat yourself when in Publika, and take a break in Ben’s General Foodstore with their generous and hearty cuisine. If you prefer some seafood options, walk a few meters to the amazing Shucked
With whom? lovey dovey, friends
Price range? RM13 – RM35
Favorite place ? a table nearby the counter to spy on the salads
Contact: Ben’s General Foodstore, Level UG1 Publika, Jalan Dutamas 1, Kuala Lumpur – +6 03 6209 1717/40
Opening hours: everyday, 11am – 10pm
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