When I was planning my recent Disneyland trip, there were two counter service restaurants I knew we couldn’t miss — French Market and Bengal Barbecue. Bengal is a tiny counter-service spot — no bigger than a booth or a kiosk really — tucked into all the action of Adventureland. Located across the way from Jungle Cruise and Indiana Jones, you get the idea that you’re supposed to sense a little danger around here…
Pretty menacing tiger, eh? Once you get past the fear, just head under the little thatched roof and get in line. Speaking of lines, I can almost assure you there will be one. Bengal Barbecue is one of the most popular counter service spots in Disneyland, both for its great, simple food and for its easy grab-and-go style.
Of course, you’ve also got some more placid animals at the Bengal. (I’m confused, though, as Animal Kingdom has taught me that tigers are Asian and giraffe are African…hmm…)
Because seating is severely limited, you’re most likely going to have to jockey for position around the large, circular, stand-up counter that serves as a table for most Bengal-ians. Don’t worry, though — pretty soon you’ll be eating and your woes will have been forgotten. (Until someone comes to jockey for position next to you!)
Luckily, Bengal Barbecue food is great for quick eating. If you’ve got a fastpass opening up or you want to maximize your ride time in the parks, this is a great spot to eat-and-run. But don’t run too fast; those are skewers you’re carrying.
The menu at Bengal Barbecue is short. Five main items (all under $4), some “extra provision” side items, and some drinks. The most expensive thing on the menu is a yogurt parfait at $4.99. Even the travel mug only clocks in at $4.79. So, right away, Bengal has two things going for it — a high recommendation and incredibly cheap prices. (Click the photo for a larger version.)
After waiting in a lengthy line, we quickly decided on our order: the hot and spicy Banyan Beef Skewer, the Chieftain Chicken Skewer (in Polynesian sauce), and Tiger Tails.
We took our foods over to the circular table and snagged a spot. I tried the spicy Banyan skewer and my husband tried the slightly sweet Chieftain skewer. We both pronounced them our favorite. Then we switched skewers and again pronounced them our favorite. So both skewers were winners!
The spicy Banyan skewer was rich and hearty. I definitely could have used a separate serving of the sauce for Tiger Tail dipping! The Chieftain skewer was tangy, mild and delicious. This is clearly a gateway to the Banyan skewer.
Of course, those tiger tails were amazing. You can see my earlier review of them here.
One thing we didn’t order and subsequently regret not tasting are the bacon-wrapped asparagus skewers, or “safari skewers.” Here’s a pic from our awesome friend Lynette!! She says each piece is individually wrapped with bacon. I think the words she used to describe them were, “smokey deliciousness!”
This is a fantastic stop on both your commando days and your relaxing days in Disneyland. The food seems to be consistently good, I continue to hear great recommendations about the place, and the Dole Whip stand is right across the way…so you’re going to be over in that area anyway.
So have you eaten at Bengal Barbecue or do you have another Disneyland counter service restaurant in mind that you’d prefer? I have many more reviews of Disneyland counter-service in the DFB hopper, so let me know what you’d like to hear about next!