I love brunch and I love Ben’s Canteen’s brunch. Last time I went I had the Smashed Avocado on Toast with poached eggs and roasted vine tomatoes which was a light and yummy option. However, when I recently went for supper it was an evening of delights and disappointments.
I went for the Soft Shell Crab Burger served with Asian slaw and peanut mayo. I was looking forward to a deliciously meaty burger but was so disappointed as I couldn’t even taste any crab. On top of this I didn’t even get a hint of the peanut mayo. After raising the point about the very uncrabby crab burger to the waitress I was told it must just be because I got a small one. Great. The Crinkle Cut Chips unfortunately tasted like McCann oven chips – tasty but I expected more after paying £3.50. We also had a portion of the sweet potato wedges, most of which were perfect but a few rather large ones (too large, for me) had crept into the bowl. However, I did have a great cocktail which was a Special for the evening: The Big Apple.
Sarah had the Crunchy Chicken Burger – buttermilk spiced chicken with streaky bacon and slaw. It was a toss up between the crab burger and the chicken burger for me and I really wish I had gone for the chicken burger after hearing about how delicious it was from Sarah. She said the burger itself was really substantial and nice and juicy. The bacon was perfectly crispy too – MAJOR FOOD ENVY.
I would certainly head back to Ben’s Canteen because I know they do great food and I love their brunch. However, I would not order the crab burger again. Also, as we left the restaurant not one member of staff said goodbye or thank you despite us walking past them which felt a little off. The service overall was friendly and quick but just a few avoidable hiccups.