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Bengal Restaurant in Miami, anyone been?


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Bengal Restaurant in Miami, anyone been?

Icantread | Sep 29, 2008 08:09 AM

Went there this past Saturday and have a very mixed review. The way it started only made me think I'd be writing "Don't Go!" but the food was actually quite good. The decor of the place is actually quite nice, with colored sconces on the wall and a few minimal touches to the place. Terrazzo flooring and old styled booths gives the place an additional vintage sense in the absence of cheesy decorations. I imagine the place is Pakistani or Bangladeshi, because there is red meat on the menu. First thing first - the service was atrocious. Our server were new and untrained. I do not think she had ever waitered before, served wine or eaten Indian food in her life. I am sure she's a nice person who needs a whole lot of training, which put a damper on our meal. Second one I've had in a week, so things have been entertaining for me, but patience is starting to run thin.

No notes on the food itself, but all of it was quite good, save the desserts. We started with chicken Samosas which were nicely spiced and tasty. We also received papadams, a delicious raita and an excellent coriander chutney (my favorite condiment for almost anything). I also ordered a mango lassi which was extremely thick and not so refreshing, but not bad. I just would not recognize it as a lassi. For the main course Mrs. I ordered the vegetarian platter, most of which was intricately spiced and quite tasty. I especially liked the chick peas and potatoes with something pickled in it. In laws ordered a chicken in a cream sauce (not butter or korma, but do not remember the name) which was excellent. and a lamb that was also very good. I ordered curry goat which was solid as well. Spices on these dishes were not the typical intricate layers of excellent Indian cooking, but still very good. The quality of their ingredients was also quite high.

For now, skip desserts, make a trip to Todo Frio on Douglas and 27th Street and get some guava or mango ice cream for a fraction of the price.

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