The Bengal Lounge is the place in town to sit and reminisce about the bygone eras of Empire. With dark, wood panelling and a tiger rug hanging from the wall, the only thing missing is an elephant gun. It’s a relaxing lounge, though without being dressed up (or, at least, avoiding wearing jeans) it might feel a bit stuffy for some people.
I took my wife there for her 38th birthday, and while we both had a great time just getting out of the house, the experience was mixed. First, the service from being seating to getting our bill was fantastic. Every employee seemed genuinely happy to be there, and our server—a fast-talking and friendly gentleman—was great. No issues there. Second, the live jazz band that started playing at 8 PM on the Friday night was enjoyable, and you can pretty much hear them from wherever you’re seated in the lounge. Third, the prices are high, but not stratospherically high. (However, the $25 grilled cheese sandwich certainly made my wife laugh. No grilled cheese on the planet should cost $25.)
We opted for their Indian buffet, which seems to be well-known throughout the city and by long-time residents such as us. Unfortunately, the buffet was severely lacking: small selection of food, food was not overly spicy or flavourful, and most of the food that should be hot was lukewarm. For $33, it is simply not worth the price, and I would neither recommend nor return for the buffet. The desert (rice pudding) was not bad, however. (I rated the Food as "Poor" because it is not what I would call "Average.")
All in all, an OK location if you just want a drink (minimum wine per glass is $11) and to listen to some live jazz, but avoid the Indian buffet.
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