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Bengal Cafe (again)


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Bengal Cafe (again)

Aromatherapy | Mar 21, 2005 12:00 PM

Had my fourth lunch buffet there this weekend, and I really really like the place. It makes me nervous that I so seldom see people eating there, though they were packing up a huge takeout order as I came in.

The most recent selection was a beef curry with a sweetness that I took for coconut, but wasn’t; boneless pollack chunks in a mild mustard-coriander sauce; a thin simple dal; plain rice and nutmeggy chicken biryani; potatoes, summer squash and green beans; and mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrot, baby lima, other stuff, probably frozen but tasty enough). Also they were trying a new salad: sliced cucumber and white onion, with lime and minced herbs and bits of green chili, yum. My mug of tea came with a (complimentary, I think) square of dense semolina pudding that this non-sweets fan ate every bite of. Left with my mouth mildly buzzing.

So far the only disappointment has been a beef curry that was tasty but the meat was on the dry side and (same weekend day) the only cooked vegetable was an ok but blah treatment of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, beans, etc.—not as interesting as last weekend’s mixed). However they were also serving a terrific dish of tilapia steaks in a zippy sauce, I had thirds. Later that week I went for the regular $6 weekday buffet; the same blah vegetables, but a very tasty chicken stew (right out of the pan—the cook told me to wait for it and he brought me a plateful, and a bowl of the salad I’d neglected—very sweet) and something else, beef I think, and potatoes in sauce.

A really very pleasant little restaurant, with different and interesting flavors. Gotta go sometime and get non-buffet. Hm, maybe a little chowdinner? If you’re interested in a weekday evening visit, drop me a line. SOs, enthusiastic chowpups welcome. See older post (linked) for location, etc.


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