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“Fantastic Indian Food”
Review of The Bengal Lounge - CLOSED

The Bengal Lounge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Indian, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Belleville
Description: Drawing inspiration from Queen Victoria's role as the Empress of India, this colonial style lounge is known throughout Victoria for its authentic curry buffet and signature cocktail menu. While new restaurants and lounges appear in Victoria regularly, The Bengal Lounge is a favorite of residents and visitors alike. Overlooking our stately gardens, the richly appointed Bengal Lounge offers not only a delicious curry lunch and dinner buffet but also an impressive international a la carte menu. Cocktail and martini aficionados will appreciate our vast selection of signature drinks. The Bengal Lounge is a licensed lounge and all guest must be 19 or older.
Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great Indian buffet and great atmosphere to sit and enjoy it. Tour the hotel too - lots to see and experience.

Thank roadwarrier222
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

A very old world British lounge and fun for one or two drinks. Tiger skin over the fireplace, dark wood paneling, big lounge chairs.Very expensive-$15 glass of wine and $25 parking made for a rather pricey night out! I would hesitate to go back again.

Thank Myree2014
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great ambiance from the age of Empire; great service and a very good (though somewhat pricey) curry buffet. Interesting cocktails per the usual high Fairmont standard

Thank JWD1964
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Many tourists visit the iconic Empress Hotel in Victoria to partake in their world renowned British afternoon Tea served in their main dining room and pay dearly for it.

But tucked away in a back corner near a side exit to the hotel is the real star, the Bengal Lounge.
The best value here is their authentic Indian buffet for a reasonable $30. The food quality is superb and the wait staff, friendly and exemplary.

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Thank Ray W
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ManagerEmpress, Manager at The Bengal Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2014

Dear Valued Guest from Maple Ridge,

Thank you for taking the time to share your Bengal Lounge experience on Trip Advisor. Tucked away, the Bengal Lounge has been proud to be welcoming guests for over 60 years. The Indian buffet truly does rival our renowned Afternoon Tea. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your time in the Bengal. We look forward to welcoming you back the next time you are in Victoria. Thank you again for sharing your experience.

Warm regards,

Nathan Pearce
Director of Food & Beverage

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Visited the Empress Hotel's Bengal Lounge on a busy Saturday night and my table of four left unbelievably impressed. The room has a upscale lounge vibe without any of the pretentiousness. The indian buffet was superb and the wait staff exemplary. The highlight of the night however was the live music by the Chris Millington trio. Classic standards with a jazz twist. I was very surprised to see him taking requests and decided to make one myself. Within 10 minutes, the band leader nodded to our table and my song request was played. A truly exceptional experience. We will be returning.

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ManagerEmpress, Manager at The Bengal Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2014

Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on your Bengal Lounge experience. It was so wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your evening in the Bengal. For over 60 years the Bengal Lounge has welcomed guests and shared similar experiences. I will be sure to express to the musicians how much you enjoyed their performance. Thank you again for taking the time to share your Bengal Lounge experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Warm regards,
Nathan Pearce
Director of Food & Beverage

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