Bengal Barbecue is a counter-service restaurant in Disneyland’s Adventureland. The restaurant specializes in skewers, specifically of the meat variety. The prices here are some of the lowest throughout Disneyland, with almost everything below $6 and that’s before the Annual Pass discount that’s offered.
Bengal Barbecue is easy to walk right by. The best reminder that the restaurant is there is the smell of the different barbecue sauces and meat on the grill. That’s not to say the Bengal Barbecue looks bad. In fact, not noticing the restaurant is a compliment (even if it is a little backhanded). The Adventureland facade in Disneyland is full of straw roofs and brown tints. Bengal Barbecue completely fits into that as it resides across from the Jungle Cruise near a few shops. Of course, there is this cool sign that should tip passersby off, as well.
As I mentioned, guests order at the counter at this restaurant. Bengal Barbecue recently opened up an expanded seating area, under cover and with some A/C. While the view won’t wow you, it’s a nice enough spot to sit and relax for a while. There are shops on both sides of this seating area and the Tiki Room and Tropical Hideaway across the street.
Suffice to say, you aren’t likely to eat at Bengal Barbecue because of the great environment. Instead the restaurant relies on its food and value as selling points. Here is a link to the menu. As you can see, the offerings are minimal. The meat on all of the skewers is cooked well from the different times I’ve tried it. The beef and chicken are both juicy. I prefer the beef over the chicken, as I think it has more flavor.
The sauces are what really make the skewers. Sometimes they put a bit too much on but I like that there are several options on the sauce. I haven’t tried the hot & spicy sauce but I like both the Zulu sauce and the Polynesian sauce. Both sauces have a Hawaiian/Polynesian flavor profile that make them fit into the theme of Adventureland.
The asparagus wrapped in bacon skewer is a nice little change from just the meat. There is a seasonal vegetable skewer too. I thought the Vegetable Skewer was good but not great. I’d like a few less onions and more zucchini plus a more flavorful vegetable. Still, it’s a decent option for those that want something other than just meat. Those people are certainly not me.
Bengal Barbecue also offers breadsticks, Hummus and cycles through specialty drinks. I’ve had a few of the drinks before and always came away pleased, as they are usually fruity and refreshing.
All of the skewers are under six dollars and that is a good value, even in non-Disney terms. They aren’t the most filling items but they are a great snack or a light meal. If you get two of the skewers then that is a decent sized meal and still under $10. I like Disneyland’s other counter-service options better but this is one of my favorite snacks at the park and perfect if on a budget. If you want a fun meal get a skewer of your choice and then go get beignets in New Orleans Square or a Raspberry Macaron at Jolly Holiday Bakery.
Overall, Bengal Barbecue is a perfect place to stop for a quick bite to eat. The skewers aren’t the best snack in Disneyland but they are one of my favorite hearty snacks. I highly recommend them, especially if you are a fan of savory over sweet.
Overall Rating – 8/10
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