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Bengal Cafe, North Cambridge - delicious dinner

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Bengal Cafe, North Cambridge - delicious dinner

Bob Geary | Aug 12, 2005 01:14 PM

We went two nights ago at around 8PM - we were the only customers there, though two more diners came in while we ate. The room is small (8 tables?), tastefully and soothingly decorated, and smells like good food lives there.

We started with the fuchka as an appetizer. I had never seen these before - small fragile hollow spheres of thin salty cracker-like material that you break open and fill with gobs of chickpeas, potatoes (?), and a good healthy dose of spices, then douse with a thin tart sauce - the whole little package combines crunchy, soft, sweet, sour and hot perfectly.

Our entrees were the marinated Rui fish and the goat curry - both delicious. The fish was a firm-fleshed rather mild-tasting whitefish, bony but not impossibly so, and swimming in a tasty spicy oniony little pond. The goat, surprisingly, was less gamy than most lamb that I get around here - not bland by any means, it had a good strong assertive taste, but it wasn't "muttony" (which is ironic, because the menu called it "mutton curry").

We had some mashed potatoes and aloo paratha as sides - the potatoes were fluffy and spicy and cilantro-y and had a healthy dollop of mustard oil in them - both the potatoes and the bread worked well with the sauces
from both entrees, so we could avoid leaving behind a drop of anything.

Mango lassi was a good balance between sweet and sour; service was friendly and helpful.

I'll certainly be going back - a place this good shouldn't be empty.

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