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Really good lunch at Bengal Cafe


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Really good lunch at Bengal Cafe

Aromatherapy | Feb 21, 2005 01:13 PM

I don't usually like buffets, but it was late and I was hungry and the little selection looked good. And it was. Very.

For $8, they had pakoras (chopped green vegetable-- spinach?), rice, bread (stick with the rice), bone-in chicken in gravy (mildly spiced and deeply savory), bone-in beef in gravy (spiced with mace and nutmeg, with an elusive sweet-sourness probably from tamarind--excellent), a thin dal with a decided green-chili kick, and a mix of cauliflower florets, bits of broccoli, and potato cut in wide shreds, lightly sauteed with punch poran (sp? 5-spice mix) so the potato was just barely cooked, like shredded Chinese potato, a terrific counterpoint to the curries. Everything was fresh and perfectly cooked and very tasty. And a mug of lightly spiced tea. I'm not sure if the cup of very nice rice pudding was part of the buffet, or just a freebie.

I'd say the quality compared very favorably with the weekend Royal India buffet. The spicing was a bit livelier. Obviously they lack the Royal's breadth of selection (and the crowds to support it, there were only a handful of patrons at 2 pm on Sunday). I'll definitely be back to try their dinner menu. I'd love to hear from Bengali hounds who've been here. They advertise "special Bangladeshi home cooking food."

They have a buffet every day for lunch ($6 on weekdays, $8 weekends; the weekday one has fewer selections). Prices for regular menu items run $2.50-3 for appetizers, $8-11 for meat or fish entrees, less for vegetables. Service is friendly and, as Limster put it, earnest.

2263 Mass. Ave. (near Day St.), Cambridge
Free delivery to N. Cambridge
M-Th 11-9, F-Su 11-10.

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