You know those cheesy movies where the hapless romantic lead searches high and low for their soulmate, only to realise that true love was under their nose the whole time?
The foodie equivalent happened to me recently.
Ben’s Canteen in Battersea is like the Hollywood stock character of the overlooked, reliable buddy who turns out to be full of surprises.
I live just around the corner yet until the other day, I hadn’t been.
Since my “discovery” I’ve been doing my best to make up for lost time with multiple visits, dragging friends to sample the all-day venue’s brunch, dinner and cocktail offerings.
Good morning to you, “eggs pig out”, eggs benedict with pulled pork – sexy!
Some home made hash browns, ordered for the table but I admit to taking the lion’s share…
Washed down with a “Banging Bloody Mary” (love the fact that Ben’s Canteen refer to a booze free version as “Pointless Mary”
Dinner time. Scotch eggs with a gooey yolk, well seasoned flavour and crisp exterior – practically perfect.
Award winning “The BC burger”. Beef patty topped with salt beef and smoked cheddar. Beefy!
Sides: coleslaw and deep fried pickles (aka “frickles”, aka my new favourite word)
Ben’s Canteen loves a promo and I felt like an “extreme couponer” taking advantage of the 2-4-1 cocktails on Tuesday nights, happy hour between 5-7pm AND instagramming for a free affogato – all at the same time.
Sure, I may be in the heady honeymoon period after discovering a new love but honestly, I think Ben’s Canteen is a keeper.