We walked into Benitoes one evening with no clue what to expect – how would the food, ambience etc be. We had some grocery shopping to be done and then didn’t feel like heading back home , but at the same time dint feel like taking a drive outside the HSR area- the traffic and endless signals were a big put off .So got in with just the intention of having a dinner out and no high hopes.
The ambiance is cozy, simple and the tables are spaced out well .The menu is predominantly continental – sizzlers, burgers and the like .
We started our meal with spicy chicken wings and , leek and chicken soup.
|Chicken and leek soup|
The soup came with a slice of toasted bread. It completely hit the spot – warm with no extra condiments required, the flavor of leek was infused throughout .Baby A enjoyed it a lot – he almost finished a whole bowl .Suffice to say that would make any mommy happy.
|Spicy chicken wings|
The spicy chicken wings were good quantity but no dip accompanying it.Normally I’ve had it with a blue cheese dip or some mayo dip. It was spicy and messy, nicely coated with the mix. But I did miss having a dip to dunk it in.
For mains, I ordered the beef Bolognese with spaghetti.
It was warm and hearty, S just loved it , seemed like a complete boys meal-spicy but not overwhelming , and tangy with vinegar.
S ordered a vegetable ratatouille in a mild cheese sauce.
It looked pretty daunting seeing all the cheese over it and made us wonder if we should get it packed instead, but once we dug into it there was no stopping us. It was actually quite light with the sheets of pasta and roasted vegetables. Both came with slices of toasted garlic bread.
We opted out of dessert cos everything sounded too heavy and decided to have some light chocolate mousse from a Corner house nearby instead.
We were pretty surprised when we got the bill – it is really rare to have a filling and satisfying meal and then pay less than 1000 rs nowadays.
We liked it so much that a couple of days later we picked up some pasta as takeaway .
We tried the spaghetti carbonara – which is usually spaghetti in a creamy white sauce with bacon and egg.
In this case it was chicken instead ( there is no pork served here) . It was good but not as good as the version with bacon in it .
Another dish we tried was the penne chicken alfredo .
It was quite good – tangy tomato sauce and chicken, with a liberal sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
Also had the lasagna – which was layers of thin pasta layered with tomato based rich sauce and minced chicken and cheese.
Very,very sinful but oh so tasty. But I must admit my favourite lasagna all time is the one I've had from Juke box in Koramangala. All these dishes are really filling and very good quantity as well. So, don’t overdo the ordering.
Definitely worth a try and I'm sure we would be going back again to try out other items on the menu.
Location – Next to Pragathi Motors, Near Wipro Corporate Office, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore
Price ( for 2) – Rs 700
Yum-O-Meter – 3.5/5