We have teamed up with London estate agent Portico to bring you some brilliant offers and reviews of local businesses. Here is their review of Battersea’s buzzing neighbourhood restaurant, Ben’s Canteen…
Ben’s Canteen is based at the bottom of St John’s Hill, a short stroll from Clapham Junction station. It’s cool, contemporary and understated in looks, with fully retractable front windows so diners can enjoy the cool breeze and warm glow during summer evenings, while watching the world go by.
The place is packed and there’s a distinct neighbourhood feel. Tables are chatting to one another, and there’s a huddle of people on the benches outside sipping on prosecco and fighting over DIY nachos.
We take the window seat and enjoy the breeze and natter from outside as we scan the menu. It’s certainly imaginative. For starters diners can choose Spiced Duck Nuggets with Asian spices and served with a BBQ, honey, lemon, sesame and soy sauce dip, or tuck into Ben’s Epic Scotch Egg.
We decide to go straight for mains, and go for the Satay Chicken Burger with Asian Slaw, and the Warm Kale Caesar Salad with Halloumi. The burger list was endless, including the likes of the Salad Dodger, (8oz umami laden aged beef patty, pulled pork, bacon, nduja, American cheese, onion ring, mustard and BC BBQ sauce), and the Surf & Turf Burger, (umami laden aged beef patty topped with smoked cheese, house burger sauce and crispy prawns, chorizo and jalapenos).
Our waitress was friendly and quick to bring us our prosecco (at a reasonable £5 a glass). Our food came shortly afterwards, and we couldn’t help but reach for our phones to take a photo for Instagram. The burger was sky-high and came with the most delicious potato fries, which were made from fresh, hand-cut, skin-on Desiree potatoes. The salad was a delicious compliment to the burger, decorated with edible purple and yellow flowers, and light and tasty with crunchy croutons, salty, warm halloumi and flavoursome kale.
As we were finishing our drinks the table next to us were presented with Doctor’s DIY Doughnuts – mini doughnuts that you can dose up with chocolate sauce, strawberry jam and maple and vanilla custard through mini syringes! The perfect excuse for a return visit!
How to take advantage of the offer
New customers can simply present a Portico Places card when paying to receive 10% off. To get your free Portico Places card, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of cards needed and your postal address. Portico Places is run by Portico Battersea Estate Agents.
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