Bengal Sage, Winchester 21/25

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72-74 St George’s Street
SO23 8AH

Tel: 01962 862173


Vegetarian: Yes

Parking: Public Car Parks

Wheelchairs: OK

Loos: Average

gold LWL Gold Award – Awarded October 2010 – Cost £££££

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Gourmet Indian Cuisine Returns to Winchester!Bengal Sage only opened last week and we were lucky enough to be able to sample the menu!  Miff Kayum, well known local restaurateur, has brought his oh so different Indian food back to Winchester.  It is on the site previously occupied by his successful Thai restaurant Bangkok Brasserie (so successful that it has recently moved to larger premises in Jewry St).The restaurant is modern, light and sophisticated, the staff friendly and efficient.

Miff explained that his menu is different from traditional Indian Restaurants as his dishes are “subtle and complex and the sauces are light”. (Though if you desire traditional dishes they may be requested).  He is also a great believer in using locally sourced and organic produce and always has been a supporter of Hampshire Fare.

The menu is exciting but as there were so many choices on the menu that we decided to let Miff chose his recommendations for us… good move!

bengal squid

bengal prawn

 bengal onion b  bengal monkfish

bengal mamas dish

bengal chicken main

bengal chicken jeera

bengal beef

Our starters (the 4 of us shared everything): Spicy Prawn & Pineapple Salad – Grilled prawns and pineapple in a sharp and sweet marinade, Stuffed Baby Squid – Tender squid with a herby and hot stuffing of prawns, chilli and coriander, Onion Bhajii – Classic crispy onion dumplings and Jeera Chicken Kebab – Chicken burgers with a highly accentuated focus on the flavours brought out by Royal Cumin and chilli. Having simple tastes my favourite was the Onion Bhajii but my husband loved the very spicy Baby Squid!  (My husband is allowed out occasionally!)Mains: Water Buffalo Bhoona – Slow-cooked, lean Indian buffalo in a medium strength thick sauce, with black cardamom (This is a sponsored menu item – £1 will go to Wells for India.) So tender!  Chicken Amnah – An alternative to the classic favourite, Tikka Mossala, this dish is naturally sweet with a creamy coconut milk and mango sauce that has great depth and complexity of flavours.  So creamy, so yummy!  I prefer dishes that are not too spicy.  Keralan Monkfish – Delicate broth with a spicy tomato and coconut based sauce. One of our friends loved this and he doesn’t usually eat fish.  Beef Malabar – Tender chunks of organic Aberdeen Angus beef stewed gently with mustard, yoghurt, cloves, and a South Indian blend of spices, again so succulent and with wonderful flavours, and finally my absolute favourite Mama’s Fish Biran – The BBC award winning meal, cooked to Mum’s recipe with fillets of local rainbow trout.  The fish was perfectly cooked, plentiful and perched on top of a pile of mixed vegetables.All the food was superb, beautifully presented and generous portions.  We shared a couple of portions of Pilau rice.To say we were stuffed is an understatement but we managed to share some gorgeous Cinnamon and Apple Samosas served with ice cream!To accompany all this we tried a bottle of Indian wine, a very palatable Sauvignon Blanc.Next time I’m here I want to try Chicken Zyava which is a combination of dark chocolate and Tamarind, sounds amazing!  We will be back soon.Last year Miff cooked with Gordon Ramsay as a semi finalist on the F-Word (he reports Gordon is a pussy cat off camera!) and this year Miff is representing the South East of England in the finals of the House of Commons competition, The Tiffin Cup, in November. (This is an annual competition to identify the best South Asian Restaurant in UK.  MP’s nominate their favourite restaurant and the entrants are then whittled down to the finalists).

Good luck Miff with both the competition and your new venture, you deserve honours in both!

Open every day, Lunch 12-2.30 Dinner 6-10.30

Cost £ £ £ £ £

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Ladies Who Lunch Scoring:

Quality of food 4/5
Variety of menu 5/5
Staff and service 4/5
Ambience & décor 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

Total Yummy Factor


Report: CJ

5/5 = Cannot be improved upon, 4/5 = Very good, 3/5 = Good,
2/5 = Satisfactory, 1/5 = Poor, 0/5 = Terrible

The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food & service. The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head)