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Ben’s is one of the latest restaurants to open on the 6th floor of Pavilion KL, replacing the ill fated Carat Club, as I suppose, the owner probably discovered that diamonds and food doesn’t necessarily go well together.

If you’ve just spent 2 month’s salary on a piece of carbon, chances are your appetite might not be very good.

Ben's at Pavilion, 6th floor
Ben’s at Pavilion, 6th floor

Ben’s is another restaurant under the BIG group, which also owns T Forty Two, Plan B, and such. Their website is at thebiggroup.co, yes a URL with .co and not .com.

Ben’s interior has it’s design cue from Delicious, there’s sofa and tea table both indoor and outdoor,  smallish dining tables and comfortable chairs. The outdoor area overlooks Jalan Bukit Bintang, giving it a nice city ambiance but without the exhaust fumes from cars on street level.

Spaghetti Pomodoro
Spaghetti Pomodoro with chunks of Pecorino Romano cheese

The menu at Ben’s is almost too extensive, you’ll most likely find yourself spending at least 5-10 minutes going through the listing of dishes on your first visit. I did the same, and finally settled on Spaghetti Pomodoro. A pretty simple pasta dish that turned out to be a delight, I love the chunks of Pecorino Romano cheese on it, and everything was just in the right balance – sauce, pasta, everything.

beef lasagna, spaghetti carbonara, portobello mushroom burger
beef lasagna, spaghetti carbonara, portobello mushroom burger

On the very next day, I went to Ben’s again, this time with Winnie & Horng.

Our orders took some 20 minutes to prepare, a pretty long wait for weekday lunch, but luckily it was worth it. The beef lasagna ordered by Horng was superb, packed with ample amount of cheese, beef, and cooked to perfection. You could cut it with just your spoon. The pickest eater gave his approval.

Winnie had spaghetti carbonara that did not disappoint. I’m not a big fan of cream based spaghetti but this one was pretty good when I had a bite. Of course, the chunks of romano cheese helps. 😀

wagyu beef pie
wagyu beef pie

I opted for the portobello mushroom burger. I first had this type of burger back in the States, and so far only very few places has this on the menu.

Instead of one huge mushroom, the burger had 2 slightly smaller one instead, sandwiched by 2 pieces of sourdough, cheese, and some greens. It was pretty good, but would be better with one giant mushroom and probably less healthy choices of bread instead, then again I’m nitpicking.

On another separate visit (this time on Saturday), Haze ordered the Wagyu beef pie for lunch. She love the beef, but thought the pastry was slightly too thick.

KY, Haze, Horng, Winnie
KY, Haze, Horng, Winnie

Main dishes at Ben’s are priced from just below RM 20 to RM 30 and up, with majority in the RM 20+ range.

Customer service is exemplary, case in point: Winnie found a single strand of eyelash on her pasta after eating 70% of the dish and informed the captain. The captain was very apologetic and offered her a dessert (we had the velvet cake, was good!), and on top of that, took the dish off the bill. We postulate that the eyelash probably belong to Winnie herself to begin with.

Now if only they can shorten the time it takes to serve those delicious dishes, this would be a perfect mid-range lunch option.

Video taken on 24th July, 2013 during a separate visit:

map to Pavilion KL

Address:

Ben’s (Another Bright Idea by BIG),
Level 6, Pavilion KL
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur

GPS3.148872, 101.713368

Discuss : KY eats – Ben’s at Pavilion KL

  1. am waiting for their klcc branch to open too! 😀 but the folks at big should really update their website, rite. it’s been like that for six months already!

  2. i like la bodega’s portobello sandwich! has a nice slice of cheese in it, along with yummy beetroot jam. =D

  3. If I remember, I think Delicious also have Portobello Mushroom Burger too and not bad. Look like a good place to hang out too base on the pics.

    • JD: ya, definitely a nice place to hang out, i shall try Delicious’ Portobello mushroom burger when I have a chance. 🙂

  4. carat club folded because the husband and wife team divorced – so all the carat club business were ‘closed’ – the wife has reopened for business purely on jewelry at the moment i believe.

  5. Man, great minds think alike! was just here with the gang.. LOVED the food! 🙂

  6. i was there during lunch hour and i complained on the duck confit salad.. the supervisor asked y i didnt finish and after listening to my feedback, he apologised and disregard it in my bill.

  7. Love the mushroom burger for sure, my kind of food.

  8. haze has a new hairstyle? looking good!

  9. I cant wait to be there since there were so many ppl raving about this place!

  10. Can I know what program u use to join the 4 pics to one?

    Thanks.

  11. […] pick something out when presented with a menu filled with way too many dishes, one such example is Ben’s (it’s a lovely restaurant […]

  12. tried seafood vermicelli soup and it disappoints

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