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About The Bengal Lounge - The Fairmont Empress Hotel
Victoria, British Columbia V8W 1W5
The Bengal Lounge is part of the Fairmont Express Hotel. It features a menu of international dishes. Some items served here include pan-seared salmon, vegetarian curry, lamb pie and bangers with mash. Great for late night snacks, roasted cashews, a tomato salad and pistachio saffron cheesecake are included on the menu. With a full-service bar, you can order beers, wines or specialty cocktails like the Bengal chai latte and flaming rosemary gimlet to complement your meal.
Bengal Lounge also hosts a regular Happy Hour and live music nights. It offers a classic décor with rich wood trim, a cozy fireplace and chandelier lighting. Ethnic artwork and animal skins further enhance the décor and give it a more upscale look and feel.
Contemporary Indian, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast daily from 7am to 11am
Lunch daily from 11:30am - 4pm
Dinner daily from 4pm - 10:30pm (11pm on Fridays & Saturdays)
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
The Bengal Lounge is delighted to be featuring live music from talented local artists Thursday to Sunday evenings. Join us and experience what Victoria's amazing talent has to offer.
Underground Parking is available.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
The blah indian buffet , without notice , was priced up to $50.00! Disgusting to not let the diners know beforehand. Regular price was around $30.00. The reason given for uppricing, that extra dishes were added. NOT.. Service was surprising poor. Probably because of disgruntle diners. Eight of us family members very disappointed, since we have in the past experienced exceptional wonderful times.. So sad to see the Bengal Room transforming into another boring regular type of everyday
This has been a place for a 'special meal' for many years. The food was great and well prepared and the ambience amazing. Staff were pleasant and efficient and obviously enjoyed working there.
It is sad that this restaurant no longer exists, having passed from the Victoria dining scene - forever - on April 29th 2016. A memorable piece of the Victoria dining scene has been lost forever!
We have always had a happy experience in the Bengal Room and now are looking
forward to our next trip to the Empress when the new restaurants open.
Just hoping that there will be more seafood and fish on the menus…..
good luck to all the staff as you transition to the next adventure.
As the Bengal Lounge was closing, my wife and I decided that the kids need to experience this iconic venue. We had quite a time finding room for the 5 of us but we managed to take the afternoon off from work and school to enjoy a 3:00 p.m. sitting. The kids loved the woodwork in the room and also took selfies with the tiger rug hanging above the fireplace. Everyone enjoyed the food and the service was great. They commented that the food was a little spicy but they managed to eat 2 plates of it. The desert was fantastic, especially the rice pudding. The only complaint was having to suffer from a totally full stomach. My wife and I have been going to the Bengal Lounge on our anniversary for 20 years. We will miss it.
We love going to the Bengal lounge and the exotic experience of Victorian opulence.
The curries are excellent with a great selection to satisfy all tastes. The service is welcoming and attentive to our needs. A great place to eat for couples, friends or family celebrations.
Reliable and unchanging it will be missed.
I had been told by so many to check this place out...but as time would have it...is to see her close her doors. We were greeted with a warm reception, drinks were AMAZING, and so was the service. Did not have a rush as I wanted to enjoy my time here. Then the band began to play. Soft mellow jazz playing as the lights were turned down and the city lights came up. ROMANTIC!!
Goodbye girl!! Looking forward to seeing your servers in their new rolls elsewhere in the Empress Hotel
My friends and I have been going to the Bengal Lounge since the '70's. We have always had a wonderful time.
My mother also used to live at the Empress when they first came to Canada, while waiting for their home to be finished on Newport Avenue in Oak Bay.
My husband was also an apprenticing chef at the Hotel in the '90's.
I used to work kitty corner to the Empress, in the Customs House, and we would often come across the street for a meal in the Bengal Lounge.
Lots and lots of wonderful memories attached to the Empress Hotel and the Bengal Lounge.
I have mentioned to a lot of my friends the Lounge is closing so they too have made the journey to Victoria to have one last meal at the Lounge.
Our waitress was wonderful (Scottish lady) and I would highly recommend her service.
Thank you for the wonderful, happy memories.
We enjoyed our get together with our daughter and her boyfriend for supper 8 nights before the Bengal Lounge closes after 108 years. 3 of us had the famous curry buffet and it was tremendous. My wife is celiac, so she ordered and enjoyed a gf free salad, and the waitress kindly allowed her to sample some gf desserts from the buffet. It was a memorable evening. Although pricey, it was worth it.
It's fabulous to be able to watch as this iconic gem of a hotel under goes change and a new ambiance unfolds. Hope I have more opportunities to dine, simply walk about and tip a glass of wine to toast this Victoria treasure. I can't say anything negative about what I see changing at the Empress Hotel.
As we were celebrating our granddaughter's 19th birthday, we were impressed that the server already knew it from the reservation booking and greeted her with "Happy Birthday"! She was also brought a surprise birthday dessert and the server was very attentive to our needs.
The food and drinks were interesting and delicious.
We have frequented the Bengal Lounge for many years and specially enjoyed its Indian buffet and the elegant, yet relaxed, old colonial atmosphere of the place. We are extremely disappointed that its new owner sees fit to close the Bengal Lounge, which is so much part of Victoria's tradition. Where else will the family now celebrate my birthday on November 11th?
To replace it by what? Yet another run of the mill trendy, soulless spot? A very sad farewell indeed.
It was my girlfriend's birthday and she wanted to go to the Bengal Lounge one last time before it closed. I tried to book dinner on a Saturday, but it was full so I settled for a 3:00 seating. It worked out perfectly. It was not too busy, staff had lots of time to offer good service and the Indian buffet was being served. The food was great, better than I expected. The ambiance was nice and relaxing, and it was comforting to have one last look at the place before we loose a bit of history in Victoria. I highly recommend visiting the Bengal if you want to see it one last time. Be prepared, however, to pay for your experience. I knew that it was going to be expensive, just because it's the Empress, and it was. But, it's one of those things that you just have to accept if you want that experience. If you are worried about the price, then don't go because nothing there is cheap. If you are prepared to pay about $130 for two people to have dinner, a couple drinks and a wonderfully nostalgic experience, then it's well worth it. We loved it and I'm glad we went.
Very noisy place, cramped. Appeared to have additional seating compared to the times I have been before. No atmosphere. Took a long time for a server to attend to us. Very polite server. More diner than restaurant. Disappointing lunch. The food was unappealing. It all looked brown. The vegetables were overcooked. Would have been a good idea for a protein alternative to meat such as a fish/seafood dish or eggs. The rice is covered in a kind of brown spice.
The salad bar was probably the best part of the meal. The food selection for the buffet menu is simply not very Indian. lacked colour and freshness. Tiny pieces of naan bread. I am pleased this is closing and will reopen in a better setting. Despite the beautiful decor once, it is lacklustre now. Stuffy atmosphere. Was it worth the $35+tax and tip? In my opinion, not for a Fairmont Hotel Restaurant.
Have been to the lounge a dozen times. Love the lace. All your staff are great. Don't want to see it go. We will come back after the renos,once to see if it has changed. If it's "New Hipster Decore" you will lose my buisiness.
We don't want to see it go.
Tell your staff they're the best.
See you after the change.
Absolutely love the curry buffet and ambiance of this unique harbour side lounge in Victoria. The quality and variety of selections on the curry buffet is outstanding and the exotic decor creates a certain atmosphere that easily takes you away to distant lands in earlier times. The service is welcoming, and quite impeccable, you will want for nothing. The beverage menu and wine list are extensive and served with flair. This dining destination is a great favourite with locals and visitors alike and is always just busy enough to make you feel comfortable. The great puzzle is why the hotel would ever close this local jewel as they seem determined to do.
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