Not "indian food" but still good
Not knowing ahead of time, this is a British Indian Bar (as explained by the staff). I was looking for Indian food and those who know the history know that British people only "think" they like Indian food but its far far from. Tastes are watered down and "Butter chicken" is a purely British invention. If you like spice and heat, you will be disappointed. While the buffet was decent quality, I would not go back for food again.
Having said that, the ambience and service is stellar. Its dark, and looks like a colonial hunting lodge in India. Def nice place to take a special someone. Reserve ahead of time and get the armchairs by the window. Its secluded and romantic and the staff are extrordinarily attentive.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had the curry lunch buffet,
Had the curry lunch buffet, many choices, all well prepared. Cardomom-infused creme brulee is th die for.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still a Gem.
Love the Bengal Lounge. Always a treat when I get to come here. Exquisite! Food, service, atmosphere top notch.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
One expects a high standard
One expects a high standard at the Empress and the Bengal Lounge does not disappoint. It has become a sort of Victoria ritual for us and as usual we opted for the Curry Buffet. Curry lovers will be impressed as there are no fewer than four main items featured at any time. On this occasion we were treated to Coconut Lamb Curry, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and a delicious vegetarian curry. Included are all the fixings one would expect; nann bread, pappadums, basmati rice, raita etc. There is also a mini salad bar. Dessert options are limited but very appropriate; excellent rice pudding and a sort of indian spiced creme brulee (very tasty). At $30.00 it's not cheap but I believe it is good value. Come hungry and try a bit of everything!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding in every way. The evening at The Bengal Lounge was the highlight of our trip to Victoria!
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Intimate, relaxing, elegant.
Intimate, relaxing, elegant. Delicious curry. Service was friendly but not intrusive.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely fantastic, our
Absolutely fantastic, our first time there, first of many I'm sure. We took our Mother their for a belated Mother's day celebration, she said it was the best Mother's Day she has ever had. Thank-you for making her day exceptional!
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining at it's Finest
We came to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. We were not disappointed.... as usual.
Amazing food and service. Very personable waiters - who are interested in your highest interest.
And such character in the Lounge. Beautiful grounds - we like to sit by the window.
What a treat - and a break from a busy lifestyle.
The curry buffet is well worth the cost.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
GO FOR IT!!
Altogether, it was a wonderful experience. We were there with our 7-lb (non barking) medical service dog to the delight of everyone, serving staff and guests alike. Of course, we overate as the food was excellent! This is a superb spot for a special occassion, whether one plans to partake of the curry buffet, eat from the a la carte menu, or simply enjoy a "gin and tonic", etc.
The overal ambiance is as good as it gets I would say "go for it".
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's a quiet elegant place
It's a quiet elegant place with a very good curry buffet. The a la carte items are beautifully presented but bland and lacking salt. The service is excellent.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the Indian buffet which is what the Bengal lounge is known for. It was priced right at about $30 CAD per person. It was all you can eat and the food was very good. I really enjoyed the Butter Chicken.
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quite pricy, the curry lunch
Quite pricy, the curry lunch buffet was very good but not exceptional. The location, room, ambiance and service make the visit worth while, but for me, once will be enough.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great spot in the Empress
Very nice spot for dinner and drinks in The Empress without being quite as formal as the main dining hall. Service was very good and the atmosphere great.
6/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great way to spend a relaxing
Great way to spend a relaxing catch up meal with good friends.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Curry in North America
Curry buffet is really excellent, not to be missed.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special Night at The Bengal Lounge
This was our first time we have tried The Bengal Lounge in the Empress. We had requested a table by the window so we could look out on the Inner Harbor and the Empress gardens. The leather wing chairs are big and cozy, and the table by the window felt more private than the ones in the middle. We both decided to have the curry buffet. My husband likes much spicier Indian, but even he enjoyed the butter chicken and the coconut curry lamb. The salads, papadams with mango chutney, and basmati rice were good, too. Desserts were even better - chai creme brulee, mini-apple pie, and rice pudding. The wines by the glass are pricy, but mine was delicious, and they poured a very generous glass. We had a wonderful dinner and a wonderful experience.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat
Great setting and excellent curry buffett . Every time I visit Victoria I try to eat in the Bengal Lounge
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely lunch in a classic location
If you are in Victoria, treat yourself to the Curry Lunch Buffet at the Bengal Lounge, a wonderful quiet spot in a
busy city. Food and service are excellent and you cannot beat the setting.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Empress Bengal Lounge
Visiting the Empress is a tradition for Canadians and tourists. The elegance is really exquisite. If you want to have a really special evening, The Bengal Lounge is the place to go! It's worth the journey!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really neat outlet, great atmosphere. I've always loved the Bengal Lounge. The setup of the curry buffet has changed over the years. But still a really neat and fun place to go .
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wade, our waiter, was absolutely fabulous, loved him! The food was very good but the wine list should be more extensive, there's not much choice there.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fairmont Bengal Lounge
The Decor is unique, warm and comfortable, but very high end and classy at the same time. The seating is also very comfortable, it is like being in your own living room, you hate to leave.
The curry buffet aroma greets you as you walk in, and everything tasted as good as it looked.
The service was top notch, we could not ask for anyone better.
We have been going to the Bengal since we were engaged 35 years ago, and it is perfect for special occasions, or a casual drink and appetizer, or a quick dinner.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
British setting , good food
This atmosphere is like a stepping into a movie set of colonial British times, lots of overstuffed leather chairs and dark wood.
The primary offering is the buffet which is $33. There are many interesting choices with distinct tastes. Good chutneys and some fresh salads as well as the usual Indian fair. Primarily Northern Indian food. I would have like more vegatarian main dish options in the buffet. The is a small menu of entrees mostly British pub food plus one curried shrimp dish. It would have been nice to be ale to order single Indian entrees rther than just the buffet. We really enjoyed the dinner though and would return.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for special occasion
My husband recently took me to The Bengal Room for my birthday. The food was good, especially the dessert. Our waitress, the table and chairs, and the furnishings in the restaurant were excellent.
Definitely worth a return visit.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding 80th Birthday Lunch
Perfect place for older folk with hearing issues. Top notch though desserts ran thin and were not replenished.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grand Style Indian Food Dining
The hallmark of the Fairmont brand has been to make guests feel spoiled and special, and the Bengal Room does not disappoint. The unique and appealing ambiance of the room gives diners an experience where one could imagine being back in India during the heyday of the British era.
This was my 4th visit for supper at the Bengal Room, and once again, it did not disappoint. Being an Indian-food lover, I've always chosen the buffet. Great variety (including a heavy emphasis on meat dishes including an awesome lamb curry, along with all the fixins. Mild curries (milder than my preference), but with hot-spice condiments easily turned-into a repast fit for even the most discriminating Raja!
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bengal Room is a Institution
Yes that is right, the Bengal Room is an institution inside of an institution, the Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. This century old hotel and it's Bengal Room, complete with a Bengal tiger skin hanging over the fireplace oozes atmosphere. This coupled with excellent service and good food, makes stopping in for a drink, an appetizer, a desert or dinner, one of Victoria's special places.
Don't miss it!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
the curry buffet is always a winner
manou the greatest waitress
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A perfect place for a special meal!
The Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria BC has become my favorite place to take friends on special occasions. The curry buffet, the service and the ambiance are unbeatable.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best lunch all year...
What a great lunch we had. The food was superb, the setting tres elegant, and our waiter Wade went beyond the call of duty to be engaging and fun. Very memorable, and I am going to sign up as a Friend of the Empress.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first visit to the restaurant, had lots of expectations, which went true till I had the food.
As the name suggested Bengal Lounge, I was expecting some Fish on the menu, which was no where to be seen, which was the biggest disappointment. Also food on the Buffet was not of the highest standard. Loved the Butter chicken and the soup.
Service was excellent (Hostess, Waiters)
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a special evening when we go here and we have never been disappointed. It is a very comfy old world atmosphere that transports you back to colonial India under the British.Love the décor, wonderful cocktails with spicy snack mix, and the an awesome curry buffet! You can't go wrong!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I can't wait to return!
Having lived in Victoria for the past 9 years, I had heard of the Bengal Lounge but never been. For a special occasion, my friends and I decided to go to celebrate our birthdays and an outstanding time was had by all. We loved all of the food in the curry buffet, the drinks were excellent and our waiter was prompt and humorous. We are recommending this place to all our friends and family and can't wait to return. Loved it !!!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice atmosphere. We chose the buffet and found many delicious items. Live music was very good. The service was very good. It was a little expensive but, all in all, I would recommend it to a friend.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome dining experience
chose to go to the Bengal Lounge for a celebration. It was a fantastic experience, the room and the service were exceptional. The food was delicious and plentiful. I definitely recommend attending the Bengal Lounge to experience a taste of culture.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bengal Lounge Beats All
My favourite bar in the world. Delightful old world ambience with gracious service. Big comfy leather chairs, wood panelling, spacious feeling. Best Indian Buffett. Beautifully presented. If you haven't enjoyed lunch in the Bengal Lounge yet...you need to.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM