Thursday, April 26, 2012

ronnycakes reviews: Ben’s, Publika Solaris Dutamas

Ben’s is one of those places we’ve been to millions of time, but by “been to” we mean sit down, take a look at the menu, have a few minutes of discussion, then get up and walk out again. For some strange reason every time we go to the Pavilion branch we never ever end up eating there, and it took BIG opening an outlet at Publika for us to finally take the plunge and try Ben’s. We weren’t disappointed at all!

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In my opinion out of all three BIG restaurant chains currently out there, my favourite one has to be Ben’s, its got such a wide variety of food and best of all the desserts are super amazingly yummy… x)

Ahhh that is the question, and I definitely live to eat x). I love how Ben’s has a little table ornament with a small stack of “small talk” cards for you to make conversation. Perfect for first date fillers. :D

We first had this Hearty Chicken Soup (RM11.90) at Plan B and we loved it. Ben’s version is as good, or even better and because I’m not one for Parmesan and asked them to skip the Parmesan crisp that usually floats on the surface of the soup, it tasted even more soothing and tummy-warming. Hearty indeed!

I had the Chargrilled Seafood Spaghettini (RM22.90) with chili flakes and wilted spinach (never really understood what wilted spinach means), which was your run-of-the-mill aglio olio style spaghetti with generous and fresh grilled seafood thrown in.

The Golden Soft Shell Crab Spaghettini (RM21.90) gets top marks for originality – the creamy sauce was cooked with cili padi and curry leaves giving it a kamheong-esque feel. On the downside, it was a bit too rich and one felt a little satiated halfway through. Nonetheless, the soft shell crab was crispy and fried to perfection.

Just look at all those fat marshmallows sitting on top of this Rocky Road Cake (RM11.90). Layers of peanut cream and chocolate mousse with rocky road mix on a biscuit base is to die for! Every bite was a chocolate lover’s heaven.

Even Mickey couldn’t resist a bite. :P


On another visit, we got a little adventurous and tried the Mango Lychee Trifle (RM11.90) with jelly & custard cream. Seemed a bit unconventional at first but Wils absolutely loved it. The base was sponge cake with tangy jelly and generous portions of diced mangos and whole lychees. Yum!

Ben’s is a place I’d definitely visit more than a few times especially for the desserts. Already thinking of getting my slice of birthday cake from here… :D or maybe Le Deux Garcons hmmm?

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Lot 37A & 37B, Level G2
Publika, Solaris Dutamas,
Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

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