MELBOURNE | Off the beaten track in the inner eastern suburb of Alphington, Benjamin’s Kitchen offers pan-Asian cuisine in a contemporary venue. Eliciting a sense of relaxation and serenity, the cloud-like ambience of their gentle hues and interior furnishings are further strengthened by natural sunlight streaming through the street-facing windows. The polished-clean look of Benjamin’s Kitchen gives the impression that they are brand new, yet the execution of their food delivers their two-year experience in an impressive way.
Promoting an all day dining concept, their liqueur license is generously on display via bottles of wine and champagne behind the bar, whilst the food menu offers a range of small and large sharing dishes that are available for both lunch and dinner. Harnessing a fusion approach that successfully differs from other similar approaches throughout Melbourne, Benjamin’s Kitchen combines Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese flavours and ingredients to produce elegant and thought-provoking food.
Delve into ‘Small Eats’ such as Benjamin’s ‘Crap’ Bun (not a typo), presenting as two brioche sliders filled with crispy soft shell crab, mayonnaise, cucumber, crispy lettuce and coriander, or have a bit of fun with their hawker style Malaysian Satay Chicken. Larger dishes range from familiar-flavoured items such as lamb ribs glazed in a honey soy sauce, and salt and pepper calamari dusted in five spices, to classic options including coconut Black Tiger prawns, curry and laksa.
A separate menu showcases their ‘Summer Specials’, further emphasizing their valued importance of utilizing produce that is fresh and in-season. Things like Thai fish cakes, duck vermicelli salad and Nyonya-style rockling are given a whirl, as is the Summer mango curry chicken whose fresh mango chunks and chutney disperse a level of sweetness that perfectly balances the curry spices.
Although initially mesmerized by the calming nature of the intriguing venue, which extends upstairs into more seating and a private function space, it is the delicate balance between traditional and modern flavours that leaves the customer immensely satisfied, along with the creative amalgamation of cross-cultural cuisines that captivates our attention. Hence, if you’re seeking a different kind of Asian-fusion experience, look no further than Benjamin’s Kitchen.
758 Heidelberg Road
Telephone:(03) 9499 3743
E-mail: [email protected]
Tue – Sun: 12:00pm to 3:00pm; 5:30pm to 10:00pm