Retiro . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 90%
- Service 90%
- Food (Execution) 90%
- Creativity 100%
- Value 70%
Address: Arenales 837
Telephone: +54 11 4314-2926
Restaurant Type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Argentine, Indian, Italian
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Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Bengal
Rating: 4.4 stars
One day my friend and I were over in Retiro and decided to explore the neighborhood. We walked past a place named Bengal and looked inside the big glass windows out front. Nice décor and artwork on the walls. Professional lighting. Very nice atmosphere. We checked out the menu. This place served Indian cuisine. But it had none of that hokey overstated Indian décor that you typically find in an Indian food restaurant. It was actually quite elegant.
So we were both up for the challenge.
The images in the slider adequately show the décor. The service was also first rate.
We ordered the Rogan Josh, a staple of Kashmiri cuisine, that despite its northern Indian and Persian origins, is popular in the eastern Indian Bangali regions now comprising Bangladesh and West Bengal. It’s also popular in British adaptations of Indian cuisine in London. The dish was traditionally made with chili paste ground from fresh chili peppers but is now more commonly made with a mixture of dried ground paprika and cayenne pepper. Either way, it’s a hot dish. I was quite surprised that the cooks did not tone it down more than they did. The dish was delicious with sufficient heat and spices to give it the flavor this fabulous cuisine deserves. Be forewarned, all the dishes on this menu are a bit more “picante” than the Argentine palate is accustomed too.
The second dish was a Bangali Chicken Curry, a dish flavored with garam masala and a heavy dose of turmeric that gives the dish it’s characteristic yellow hue. Both dishes were served with Basmati rice which was a rare and delightful surprise since it is imported. In contrast, the rice we were recently served at another Indian restaurant, Tandoor, was not Basmati rice.
We were impressed that the menu was not significantly modified to appease the sensitive palettes of the locals. This was Indian food, true to form, in an elegant setting.
There are also several vegetarian options including vegetable Pakoras and Somasas and Vegetable Curry dish.
The prices were just barely higher than average for restaurants in the neighborhood but quite frankly, the décor, service and food were a cut above most everything else.
You don’t see any discussion about this restaurant in the blogs or on consumer review sites. But this isn’t just Ollie O’s choice for Indian food in Buenos Aires. Bengal’s overall rating is possibly good enough to put it in the list of top 10 upscale dining restaurants in Buenos Aires.