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“Food Good but no atmosphere”
Review of Bengal Brasserie

Bengal Brasserie
Ranked #409 of 573 Restaurants in Huddersfield
Cuisines: Indian
Description: Phone 01484 719 818 Went for a meal here last night and would like to submit a review.
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Description: Phone 01484 719 818 Went for a meal here last night and would like to submit a review.
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Food Good but no atmosphere”
Reviewed December 11, 2011

Love the food, service good but on several occasions felt rushed. Would love the restaurant to have more atmosphere as I feel this is all the Bengal is lacking.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank chickpips
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 15, 2011

Bengal is a great place to visit. The front house guys made us very welcome. Great service. Food was excellent Chicken Vindoloo was superb. Chicken Azam Mungal was the best, it consist of 3 dishes. Naan was great aswell. Over all a great experience.

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1 Thank solvak
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2011

Situated on Huddersfield Road in Brighouse opposite Sainsbury’s, you could easily and incorrectly assume that it’s nothing more than a takeaway from street view. The brasserie hasn’t got what estate agents call curbside appeal. However, put that to one side and venture through the door and the Bengal Brasserie is positively tardis like.

Walk through the door and you’re into the small comfortable reception area with seating and finger nibbles on the tables. Next to this is the compact bar with plenty of selection of alcohol and soft drinks. The rest of the brasserie and I do mean the rest, is laid out for diners with a very unusual ceiling. The ceiling looks more like the hull of several ships moored to one another...very different but nor does it make you feel claustrophobic.

We were warmly welcomed by Ali Turab who has been the Bengal’s manager for 5 years and it is always pleasant to see that the welcome offered isn’t simply because we were there to review the restaurant. We saw the same enthusiastic welcome extended to other diners.

Monday night in Brighouse, the day we went to carry out the review, was ghost-town like with even Sainsbury’s car park looking empty at 7pm. It therefore came as no surprise that for the majority of the evening Brighouse remained quiet and as a result, so did the brasserie. We’re certainly not going to judge the restaurants’ popularity on what was a very quiet night for the entire town. There was a steady stream of customers but as Ali confirmed, Monday us usually their very quiet night.

So let us leave the quiet behind us and concentrate on the food. The short version is this, if you like Indian food and are hungry come in and be well fed. If you’re a small eater then prepare yourself to take home the venerable doggy bag. For those that know me I’m the former but even I was outpaced by the quantity.

So often you can judge value for money only by quantity with quality taking a back seat. Certainly what Nikki and I ordered Ali and his team seem to have found that elusive balance between value whilst offering more than generous portions. For example, recently I ate at an Indian restaurant in Swansea. Typically for a main course I choose a lamb dish but in the Swansea restaurant it had the texture of an old leather shoe...horrid. The chefs at the Bengal Brasserie though cooked two lamb dishes to utter melt-in-your-mouth perfection and restored my faith. Some people just don’t know how to get it right whilst other make it appear effortless.

Our starters consisted of the Royal mix kebab and 2 Samosas. Both were delightfully flavoured, piping hot and left us talking enthusiastically and waiting expectantly for our main course. For our main course we ordered the Mughal E Azam, three curries cooked separately and Nikki had the Makhani King Prawn with both dishes including pilau rice and the Mughal also with a naan. When they arrived shocked wasn’t even close to how we felt. The Mughal was in fact three full sized curries, I was expecting taste tickling sized portions, but no. Nikki’s Makhani arrived in what looked like a medium sized lasagne dish, piping hot and sprinkled lightly with cheese. Again, for one portion it was a large portion.

It will come as no surprise then that we skipped dessert. We had a coffee, loosened our belts, heaved a contented sigh of relief, thanked out generous hosts and waddled out of the restaurant with our doggy bag in hand. It was at this point that we were thankful that Brighouse was quiet otherwise we could have been given grief for how we walked/waddled back to the car!

For you lucky Brighouse residents, the Bengal Brasserie is open 7 days a week, does a takeaway service and will deliver for free on order over £12 within three miles.

And if we awarded stars out of 5 I’d award 4 for the restaurant and I’d be taking the last one home in a doggy bag.

  • Visited February 2011
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3 Thank Paul H
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