Best of barbecued meats

BBQ@BENJI’S, AG-6,
Ground Floor, Block A,
Happy Mansions,
Jalan 17/13, Petaling Jaya
Tel: 012-377 8098
Business Hours: Tuesdays,
Saturdays, Sundays: 5.30pm-10pm;
Wednesdays to Fridays: 11.45am-2.00pm (lunch),
5.30pm-10pm (dinner).
Closed on Mondays and certain
major public holidays.
Non-Halal

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TUCKED within an apartment block in Section 17, PJ, BBQ at Benji’s aims to satisfy diners’ love for barbecued meats.

The eatery was relaunched in April.

Owner and chef Benji Lee has been in the F&B industry for 10 years.

“When I was studying overseas, I worked part time as sous chef and later a chef.”

With prices under RM30, he said he wanted to give customers five-star quality for three-star prices.

“The selection is limited, I do not put in a lot of frills just to pad up the menu, these (on the menu) are things that I do well,” he said, adding that there was also ample free parking near the restaurant.

BBQ selections include Chicken Chop (RM12.50), Pork Belly (RM22) and Rack of Pork Ribs (RM26).

Diners can also opt for a BBQ set that is served with coleslaw and mashed potatoes.

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Cold and fresh: For drinks, the Ice-blended Mocha is a good bet.

It’s thumbs-up for the mashed potatoes and sauce on the barbecued meats.

According to Lee, the Pork Belly was the restaurant’s signature dish as well as customers’ favourite.

“Many customers order a set and an extra plate of meat.

“We do not have the option for a mix platter as different meat requires different cooking time,” he said, adding that kids like the Garlic Buttered Bun (RM2).

He was not forthcoming about the cooking process and the ingredients.

“The secret lies in the marination. There is a difference between barbecued meat (indirect) and grilled meat (direct heat).

“I do not follow the conventional BBQ recipes but use the BBQ way of cooking instead,” he said.

Pasta was on the menu and we were served the Pork Bolognaise, which Lee described as “full of herbs and cheesy’. “We do not stinge on the ingredients,” he said.

The Nasi Lemak (RM5.90-RM11.90) came with side dishes and one of it was sambal minced pork.

For drinks, we had the Ice-blended Mocha (RM8) and later ended the meal with the bitter-sweet Herbal Jelly (RM3.50).

This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.


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