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Taj Bengal - The Diamond in the Rough in Suburban Indian

Taj Bengal – The Diamond in the Rough in Suburban Indian

| On 24, Dec 2013

After receiving repeated accolades for their culinary prowess, Taj Bengal has established itself as one of Brisbane’s local Indian gems.

I was out late in the Ashgrove area at my cousin’s dance school’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 – 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.

dsc_0677Although they were only serving takeaway, they allowed us to eat at their outside furniture, which demonstrated Taj Bengal’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 isn’t on my side of town, I will definitely be making the trek back to enjoy their genuine service and exceptional curries.

The Details
Taj Bengal Indian Restaurant
Monday 5pm-9pm, Tuesday -Thursday & Sunday 11.30am – 2pm & 5pm-9pm, Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 11.30am – 2pm & 5pm-10pm
3/338 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove
How Much: 
$15 – $20

Review Overview



Great service, food, atmosphere and open late as a bonus. What more could you want from a suburban Indian joint?