Formerly the popular Ruby Cantonese restaurant, Bengal Cottage is a large restaurant on the outskirts of Burton, near the Pirelli Stadium. It had only been open two weeks when we visited, so the car park was deserted. Nevertheless, we were met with a warm welcome and shown to a large round table. The décor was modern with predominantly black and white furnishings, which made the whole restaurant look very smart. Menu wise, comprehensive but not as dauntingly huge as some Indian restaurants. The prices too were also on the whole very reasonable, even the special mains less than £10. Obviously with a new restaurant visit you have to go for the full Indian restaurant experience, and the poppadom and sides was an impressive start, generous portions of mango chutney, lime pickle, chilli pickle and fresh onions. Starters wise a good variety, but I went for the Yuk Sung, traditionally a dish of Chinese restaurant, but given a fantastic Indian spiced twist, chicken, mixed veg and noodles, in a large lettuce leaf, a fantastic starter, and probably my favourite dish. My friends went for the fiery Chilli Murghi Niblets, another good starter. Mains wise, all the traditional curries were present Balti, Jalfrezi, Bhuna etc. I went for the Bengal Special, a fabulously spicy and flavoursome dish, that got warmer as you ate it, accompanied with a generous portion of special rice and a special Paratha. My friends had one of the sizzler specials and a Balti. All of the dishes were very generous, both in their fillings and size. We were all thoroughly full at the end. Complementary lollipops and After-eights, followed the meal. The service was superb and the meal was first class, we will definitely return very soon. Pity the restaurant was so empty, only two other people, in the entire time we were there, food this good needs to be tried by everyone!
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