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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Dinner at Benten Cafe @ Jurong Point Shopping Centre

Photosource: http://amiehu.com/2013/11/08/benten-cafe-jurong-point/

1 Jurong West Central 2, #03-20 Jurong Point, Singapore 648886
Tel: 6791 0882

Benten Cafe is under the Bentendo Group of restaurants, with resident chef Mr. Suzuki Tomohiro helming the kitchen and more than 15 outlets in Japan alone. The concept of "dining at the shrine of happiness" now encompasses a modern twist of Japanese and Western cuisine into a blissful union, so that diners can enjoy the  best of both worlds.

Being the only cafe restaurant in Jurong Point with no crowd during dinnertime, *Priscillia and I decided to have our annual Christmas meet-up here, since she recommeded that the food here was pretty good. Service was quick and efficient, no fuss, no muss, and the tiny restaurant cafe was well-maintained and clean.

*Priscillia had the Salmon and Mushroom Pasta in Cream Soup (SGD$12.80), a large bowl of cream soup with lots of salmon and shitake mushrooms with spaghetti.  This deceptively simple name and appearance concealed a rich taste that was addictive, especially whilst the noodle was still piping hot. The soup was sweet with flavours of its robust ingredients, and the noodles were springy.

I was in a seafood mood that night, so I settled for the Seafood Soup Spaghetti (SGD$14.80) which was a huge bowl of clear broth filled with spaghetti, clams, squids, shrimps and seaweed. The soup was delicious as well, with the sweet infusion of seafood and miso; the noodles were springy and seafood was rather fresh. It made for a simple but satisfying meal.

We also had some Iced Tea with aloe jelly and fruits but were not captured in the photos.   Overall, this is the perfect place for a casual weekend dinner or quick bite, especially for those who wish to beat the crowd at this ever-conjested neighborhood shopping centre.

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