Indian restaurants have the sometimes unfair reputation of being curry houses, perfect pit stops between bouts of drinking lager and watching the footy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth for Bengal Tiger. The dimly lit dining room is better suited for a romantic dinner for two, and friends, families and small groups can relax in the tranquil setting while savouring authentic Indian food. Housed in a once popular pub, The Nelson Hotel, Bengal Tiger has been open since October 1982 making it the oldest and longest serving Indian eatery in the area.
Start with an entree of finely minced lamb, skewered and cooked in one of Bengal Tigers many tandoors (clay ovens), or the jhinga malabar cocktail prawns pan-fried in butter with garlic, capsicum and onions. Follow with Bengal Tiger Special of succulent chicken breasts, stuffed with minced lamb and dried fruits, and served with their own special Tiger Sauce; or, for the Indian traditionalists, the beef vindaloo comprising diced lean beef marinated and cooked in vinegar and spices. Be sure to leave room for the kulfi (delicious Indian-style ice-cream), or the gulab jamun (lightly fried cheese balls simmered in sugar syrup). The good sized and reasonably priced wine list is filled with Australian varieties with BYO $1.50 per head.