Situated on the 1st floor of the Gopalan Signature Mall on the Old Madras Road, Bangalore, this is one restaurant that shouldn’t be occupying mall space or at the very least have placed itself in a better location in this small mall. Being at the central area of the mall has it disadvantages to the diners. Anyway, we decided to head over for lunch one weekend and it was a little surprising though pleasing to see that the place was relatively empty (only 2 other tables were occupied) and offered a peaceful and calm spot in the otherwise overcrowded mall.
The simple setting has its own sort of rustic charm which gives a laid back dining choice if you can shut out the many eyes that you will find turning your way from every passing shopper and the countless aimless people in the vicinity. As I said, the central location is a disadvantage as you will find many people, even on the upper floors, being able to look down into the restaurant which is pretty disturbing enough to spoil your lunch. Weekdays might give you a better chance at a more relaxed lunch though its hard to tell.
Having settled down and presented with the menu, it didn’t too long to decide what our choices would be. The menu is limited but covers salads, subs and sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, pasta, sizzlers and the main course, so you can pick and choose from what you please. The vegetarians are not left behind and there’s quite a good pick for them as well. We decided to go with a ‘cottage cheese steak’ and a ‘lemon and olive chicken’ for the main course and a ‘fruit fantasy’ to sip. It didn’t take too long for the drink and the dishes to appear on the table but the service lacked intensity and the waiters seemed a bit lethargic. I personally feel that the orders at the table must be brought in together and not as one followed by the other after a while. This is what happened here. The ‘lemon and olive chicken’ came in first and the ‘cottage cheese steak’ a good 5 minutes later. That’s another meal spoiler with one having to wait while the other’s order is already on the table.
So having our food on the table we decided to tuck in and find out if the food could make up for the lack of the right ambience and well, it didn’t disappoint.
To the left is the ‘lemon and olive chicken’ served along with garlic bread and boiled veggies. The chicken was cooked to a fine level and the creamy sauce with a hint of lemon and the olives complemented its taste well. The garlic bread was a bit cold though.
To the right is the ‘cottage cheese steak’ served along with coleslaw, french fries and garlic bread
on the side. Thumbs up on the steak which was soft and nice in a kind of melt in the mouth sort of way along with the coleslaw. The fries were a bit too crunchy though and could have been better.
Somehow, I forgot to click a picture of the mocktail and don’t remember what exactly constituted the drink, so suffice it to say that it was nothing out of the ordinary but did what was needed of it.
The dessert menu didn’t really tempt us so we decided to skip that for the visit.
Overall, Benito’s is a safe choice for a lunch that is not heavy on the wallet and is worth every penny spent on it.
Food: 8/10 (considering the value for money)
Ambience: 6/10 (could have scored higher if not for its location)