Taj Bengal - The Diamond in the Rough in Suburban Indian
Gabbi Briner | On 24, Dec 2013
After receiving repeated accolades for their culinary prowess, Taj Bengal has established itself as one of Brisbaneâ€™s local Indian gems.
I was out late in the Ashgrove area at my cousinâ€™s dance schoolâ€™s end-of-year concert. After watching dozens of little children forget dance moves on stage, our stomachs were in need of hearty nourishment.
Alas, it was 8.30pm â€“ what would be open? Before resigning ourselves to bad takeout pizza, we tried our luck at Taj Bengal, which was fortunately open until 9pm (considerably late for both a suburban institution in Brisbane on a Sunday night). The restaurant has the dive-y, typical ethnic restaurant fit-out, yet possesses an intimate atmosphere, enhanced by the detailed Indian tapestries. The staff graciously accepted our large curry order, and within 20 minutes, we had collected our takeaway.
Although they were only serving takeaway, they allowed us to eat at their outside furniture, which demonstrated Taj Bengalâ€™s customer-focused mantra. Among others, the highlights were the vegetable korma, the palak paneer, butter chicken and the lamb badami. Those curries were especially authentic, delicious, and once again, I overate.
For seven curries and rice, the order came to $110, which is about $15.70 per curry including rice. It isn’t a budget meal, but the prices are affordable. We were left with ample rice, so I could suggest it may be sensible to have one serve of rice between two.
Overall, the local charm of Taj Bengal proved to be a winner. Although the restaurant isnâ€™t on my side of town, I will definitely be making the trek back to enjoy their genuine service and exceptional curries.
What:Â Taj Bengal Indian Restaurant
When:Â Monday 5pm-9pm, Tuesday -Thursday & Sunday 11.30am – 2pm & 5pm-9pm, Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 11.30am – 2pm & 5pm-10pm
Where:Â 3/338 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove
How Much:Â $15 – $20