A Bayswater institution for a decade, and backed by decades more experience in the kitchen and front of house, The Bengal is a local and London favourite when it comes to South Asian cuisine. The key to this Porchester Road Indian restaurant’s success is undoubtedly the skill and hospitality of head chef Abdul Malik. Starting young, Malik is an imaginative and classically-trained chef, bringing the same passion for South Asian cooking to guests at The Bengal as he does to his private dining events, birthdays, weddings, and festival appearances.
It doesn’t take much for The Bengal to inspire loyalty. Once hooked, you’re back for more of the same premium South Asian culinary wizardry. Locals to London’s Bayswater have been familiar with The Bengal’s charcoal facade down Porchester Road for a decade, and can always expect a familiar, friendly welcome from proprietor Kaftan Miah and Indian master chef Malik. The same goes for novices, too, who are encouraged to quiz the knowledgeable wait staff about the menu – long and diverse as it is.
You can get a measure of The Bengal’s peerless offering when you turn to the chef’s special dishes section of the menu, which otherwise covers every curry lovers’ favourites – tikka masala, bhuna and jalfrezi, makhani and murgh. It’s when Malik busies himself in his Porchester Road kitchen with an order from his list of signature dishes that the magic really comes to the fore. The Bengal’s special chicken, lamb, or king prawn comes served on a sizzling platter with pilau rice and a vegetable curry; the vegetable thali serves up four different South Asian and Indian vegetarian dishes with pilau rice, naan, or paratha, perfect to share; and the mixed grill is a meaty thali of tandoori chicken, sheek kebab, lamb and chicken tikka, lamb curry with traditional vegetables to boot. Book a table at this London Bayswater standby and see what all the fuss is about.
I have used the Rose of Bengal now on four or five occasions. Each occasion get's better and better. The staff are first class and attentive without being over attentive. Service is quick and efficient, with no long delays between everyone being served, which enables everyone to dine together. The meals are of excellent quality and very very tasty. I have eaten in many Indian Restaurants and The Rose of Bengal is the best Indian restaurant I have eaten in, in the local area. Congratulations to all the staff, both front and the kitchen, for an excellent experience.
This is a decent Bangladeshi restaurant but nothing special. Service was quite good and prices reasonable. The house wine was very good. We saw a vry high rating in TripAdvisor. Advise against using the latter based on tens of experiences.......John from California
Great food, could have been a little hotter but then as a regular India visitor maybe my taste buds have adapted. Next time will ask for it to be spiced up a bit.