Ben & Nick’s Diner, Subang Jaya

This little cosy diner was actually recommended to me by a dear friend some time back but found it a little tucked away so kept forgetting to check it out. However, decided to make it a point to visit after seeing more reviews popping up on the food served there. The place is really small for a restaurant, but makes up for the lack of sitting space inside (about 16 pax capacity) by having an al fresco area. However it’s thoughtfully and lovingly decorated with little trinkets, bric-a-brac which gives it a very personal touch. Afterall, this is a family run business! Father and son team as the chefs, with mum running the business with some help from relatives.

We started with the Mushroom Soup (RM6.90) which is made from scratch from 3 types of fresh mushroom. It was served with a slice of toasted garlic bread slathered with cheddar & mozzarella cheese. The garlic bread was truly delicious, and we liked the soup. What a refreshing change from the normal canned soup taste. More, please.

As the Seafood Marinara Pasta (RM23.90) was a chef’s recommendation, we decided to try that. By default the chef uses fettuccine but it was spaghetti that we preferred for this meal. The pasta was well tossed with local clams and their tomato sauce, and topped with whole prawns and New Zealand mussels. I’m not a huge fan of tomato based pasta but even I enjoyed this lightly tangy and tart blend. However, I found the prawns’ freshness to be below my expectations.

This is not on the menu but recommended to us by Christine. Seafood Aglio Olio (RM25.90) was a delicately seasoned blend of al dente spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, parsley and paprika. The spaghetti was well tossed with the clams and also topped with grilled whole prawns and NZ mussels. Must admit I preferred this version to the marinara one. It was very satisfying, garlicky dish.

Another pasta dish to try is the Cajun Chicken Pasta (RM17.80). The fettuccine is tossed in a light-coloured, rich pasta sauce. But do not be fooled by its appearance. Even though the Cajun seasoning in the sauce doesn’t have a spicy kick to it, the burn builds slowly and steadily as you empty the plate. The chicken slices are well marinated with a blend of Cajun spices (typically parsley, cayenne pepper, bay leaf and thyme) and tasted somewhat cumin-ey. Very delectable.

The Cajun Chicken (RM13.90) was a chef’s recommendation, and is essentially boneless thigh meat marinated with Cajun spices and pan-fried with butter. Served with mash and coleslaw which were both mouth watering-ly good. I esp. love the idea of adding green apple dices and raisins to the coleslaw. I couldn’t really taste the Cajun seasoning in the chicken, but it was tender and juicy.

Pan Seared Salmon (RM29.80) served with fries, and boiled carrots and broccoli florets. See the buttery sheen with dill shimmering on the crisp salmon skin? That should be enough to cause one to salivate in anticipation. However I didn’t get to try any… probably because my friend was too busy tucking in!

My choice was the Combo Blanket (RM18.90) which is tortilla wrapped chicken & beef on a bed of Caesar salad. The beef is actually chilled Australian sirloin (none of those frozen bits here!) cooked with onions so it was juicy and slightly sweet with the onion juices at the same time. The same chicken as per the pasta dish was used, well-marinated with its house specialty of Cajun seasoning and grilled before being folded into the crisp, grilled tortilla with fresh tomato salsa. Even though the chicken was the more well-flavoured one amongst the two, it was a little on the dry side so I enjoyed the beef one more.

The simple salad of fresh, crisp Romaine lettuce, grated parmesan and crunchy cubed croutons was zesty and tasty.

For dessert, we had the Affogato (RM7.90), a scoop of ice cream downed with a fresh shot of espresso. The bitterness of the espresso is negated by the sweetness of the vanilla ice-cream, and creates this delightfully light, creamy coffee flavoured cream.

We also tried the Apple Crumble (RM6.90), which was highly recommended as it’s Christine’s own recipe. The apple is not sweetened with sugar, but raisins & cinnamon are mixed into it before being baked and topped with a substantial scoop of Vanilla ice-cream. The cold of the ice-cream is a perfect pair to the warmth of the apple mixture. Friend commented that the raisins should be pre-soaked in rum to make it even more ambrosial. Lol.

Though dining here is like having a heavenly home cooked meal, one has to have the patience as service and food preparation can be a bit on the slow side, probably due to the modest size of the kitchen. Another shortcoming is probably the hidden location as it’s tucked away at the corner, amidst all the neighboring hustle and bustle of the ongoing construction works. But once that’s all over and done with, I would think it would be a different story as the residents would appreciate the charm and quaintness of this diner. Already reservations are encouraged, attesting to their popularity.

Ben & Nick’s Diner,
Lot G10, E-Tiara Service Apartments,
Persiaran Kemajuan,
47500 Subang Jaya
Tel:016 201 0189

Opening Hours : Mondays to Fridays (Lunch) 12 -to 2.30pm
Monday to Saturdays (Dinner) 6pm to 10pm.

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11 Comments »

  1. Wah, the soup looks like it can stand on its own! Gorgeous pics, btw…am so tempted to try the food here!!

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks! love your pics always.

  2. mimi said

    All those food make my tunny rumbling @ lunch time & I’m not yet have my lunch…arrghhh =.=”

    epicuriousgirl says: ah veer away from all foodie blogs! 😛

  3. Thank you for linking our blog to yours… Really nice photos you’ve got there…

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. myCoffee said

    Looking at your pics made me start to crave for the beef wrap… And I must remember to try the mushroom soup next time too!

    epicuriousgirl says: hehe, you should!

  5. J2Kfm said

    the pics are so beautiful. the price is quite reasonable as well.
    the pastas especially the ones with the seafood look tempting.

    epicuriousgirl says: thanks. yup, prices are considered ok. should go try when u’re in subang jaya next.

  6. i have not heard of this plc. thx for the write up. incidentally, one of my friends mentioned the puchong YTF opposite the school,today to me (your past post). must be good la.. think il go chk it out soon:)

    epicuriousgirl says: look forward to reading your review then 🙂

  7. awww ur post will only make the the place to appear even more crowded 😦

    epicuriousgirl says: but good things must be shared… and reservations can always be made 🙂

  8. Oh this looks absolutely delightful! Looks like you ordered everything off the menu? The soup looks super heavy duty! Yum!

    epicuriousgirl says: we were a big group and the menu had just about enough for us to try almost everything. 😉

  9. We dined here last Friday nite, thus good and I loved the friendly service. The mushroom soup was yummy and the blankets pretty good too. Will definitely return to try out more things.

    epicuriousgirl says: look forward to reading your review soon 🙂

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  11. each time i used to read smaller articles or reviews which
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