Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ben's General Food Store, Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur

I was craving for pizza. Not just any pizza, but a good pizza. Hence away we went to Ben's General Food Store.

My kind of pizza - thin crust and cheesy.. :)

Myth or fact - Pizza is the no.1 searched word in Google?

The lay person's first impression of Ben's General Food Store would be that it is no start-up venture. The decor is simple yet stylish. The image they are trying to portray here is of a high-end cafe/ restaurant; the fact that they have premium Stokke Tripp Trapp baby chairs for the young children says it all.

The restaurant was quite busy when we arrived, but service was still excellent. The setup is quite casual, long wooden tables on one side and the open kitchen, dessert and salad bar on the other side. Baby D even received some complimentary marshmallows while we waited for our food. Lucky boy!

Very cool advertising - on milk cartons!

Chilli oil and other condiments

Casual and relaxed atmosphere

The menu here is quite limited, since you can only get either pizza, flatbreads, salads, a few deli items, and desserts. Although the two of us are quite big eaters, a pizza here is sufficient for sharing.

"Where is my pizza?" Baby D drums his fingers impatiently. Or maybe he's wanting more marshmallows! 

A point in case is the pizza we had today - this was in no way a stodgy bread and tomato base effort. This was pizza as the Italians meant them to be, albeit with a modern twist.

The thin crust pizza was topped with mozzarella, fresh wild mushrooms, mascarpone and truffle oil. It smelt and tasted delightful! I've never had mascarpone on pizza before but I have to say it was very interesting and definitely a great match. Definitely one of the best pizzas we've eaten this year.

Funghi pizza (RM22.90)

Pizza cutter in action!

Cheesy, and delicious! Who wants a piece?

I'm not sure what possessed me, but we ended up ordering a Black Forest Cake (RM9.90) to share as well. Our last dessert experience at Ben's KLCC was just so-so, and so was this. It actually looked really enticing sitting in the dessert bar. Sadly, it was just a pretty face. Next time, I think I will go elsewhere for our dessert.

Black Forest Cake served with chocolate meringue

Many cultures believe that if a man and woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love. Anyone care to try and let me know the results?

Restaurant Exterior

Next door, you will find the Store, the BIG Group's idea of an epicurean emporium where you can get gourmet food items. I loved how they named their butcher "Daniel Greig" since they had Wagyu 007 here for sale. Get it?

The BIG Group's other outlets include Ricetaurant, T Forty Two, Ben's, Plan B, Bistro 42 and Canoodling.

Verdict: Will definitely return for more of the pizzas!

Full menu available to view here. Click here to view full set of photos.

Opening times: 11.00am to 10.00pm daily.

Service: Excellent.

Location: Ben's General Food Store, G17 & 18, Ground Floor, Bangsar Village 1, No 1, Jalan Telawi 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2284 8790

GPS Coordinates: 3.129996, 101.670957


  1. hey, i totally love marshmallows too! wonder if adults can request complimentary marshmallows as well :D

  2. i have yet to pay a visit here. huhu

  3. good to see them going out in full force opening up a string of very interesting concepts!

  4. Love that pizza cutting in action shot.

  5. Don't normally eat pizzas, but based on your recommendation, I really must try it at Ben's now!

  6. Sean: The key is to "be or act cute" to score some marshmallows. Hehe :)

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  8. Been to their outlet @ solaris and experienced the same too... delicious food with comfy environment


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