We tried all the skewers at Bengal Barbecue at Disneyland (yes, really). Here’s what we thought!
Looking to sink your teeth into some big flavors without breaking the bank? Head to Bengal Barbecue for some of Disneyland’s tastiest treats.
Look for a tiny hut with a thatched roof and a giant tiger sign as Adventureland starts to transition to New Orleans Square to find this gem of grilled goodness. The hours vary at Bengal, but the menu stays the same all day long.
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Bengal Barbecue Menu
The name of the game at Bengal Barbecue is everything delicious you can grill on a skewer. Beef, chicken, pork belly, and veggies all get their time to shine, grilled to perfection and smothered in a range of finger-licking good sauces. There’s a handful of other items to round out the menu like humus and pickles and of course some ice cold drinks to quench your thirst.
The menu can change from time to time, so see the latest menu here.
PRO TIP: Mobile Order is your best friend here!
Bengal Barbecue Review
I’ll be the first to admit that Bengal Barbecue is a feast for the tastebuds but not so much for the eyes. A lot of the skewers looked like brown, saucy, sticks of meat because … well, they are … but they are delicious brown, saucy sticks of meat. What they lack in visual appeal they more than make up for in big, bold flavor.
We tried all the skewers at Bengal Barbecue in Disneyland. Here’s what we thought:
The Chieftain Chicken Skewer is the most basic and lightly seasoned. The Polynesian sauce is reminiscent of the neon-colored sweet-and-sour sauce you’ve seen from your local Chinese takeout joint. It’s tangy and pleasant but doesn’t stand up against the more robust flavors on the menu.
The namesake Bengal Beef Skewer with its Zulu sauce really goes for that sweet and salty flavor combo. The beef adds a nice char flavor to give dimension to the dish, but how much you enjoy this skewer depends entirely on if you like sweet with your meat. A little similar on the palate to teriyaki but saltier and stickier.
My go-to is the spicy and saucy Banyan Beef Skewer with its delicious char-grilled flavor and spicy goodness. All the meat skewers come generously sauced at Bengal, but the Banyan skewer always seems extra generously sauced and that is just fine by me. Grab a tiger tail breadstick, or just a spoon, and soak up all that spicy goodness. This is the skewer that keeps me coming back for more.
Rounding out the meat skewers is the Pork Belly Skewer which comes with a lovely crunchy slaw of pickled carrots and daikon. The fatty pork and hoisin sauce transform into an incredible crust of caramelized, charred goodness. The pickled veg cuts right through the fattiness of the pork belly and makes this the most nuanced of the skewers.
It’s not all meat and sauce though at Bengal. There’s the Safari Skewer that is un-sauced and features bacon-wrapped asparagus (it’s the top pick for my wife and WDW Magazine CEO, Steph), plus the Outback Skewer if you actually want to eat your vegetables. Both vegetable skewers are lightly seasoned but still bring the flavor to stand up to their sauced, meaty counterparts.
Two skewers will make a fine snack to keep you going as your tour the park, but you can also turn your snack into a meal with the Bengal Rice Plate (choice of two regular Skewers served on a bed of Jasmine Rice with a side of Citrus-Miso Slaw). This is a great option for a quick grab-and-go meal; the rice goes a long way to making this a satisfying entrée.
Getting Skewers at Bengal Barbecue in Disneyland: What You Need to Know
This is a grab-and-go snack stand. While there is seating throughout Adventureland you’ll often wind up with a standing snack since this is a very popular spot.
Take advantage of Mobile Order to cut down on your time in line, but be prepared to wait. There’s only so much room on the grill, and the skewers are constantly being grilled fresh, so it might take a minute for your order.
Bengal is a must-eat for me when I visit the park. The food is consistently excellent, freshly made, and big on flavor and value. My only dilemma is figuring out which skewers and how many of them to order every time I visit.
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