Safari Skewer @ Bengal Barbecue

Price: $4.19

When: October 14, 2015, 2 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

During my recent visit to Bengal Barbecue, I also decided to give the Safari Skewer a try. I thought it would be a nice contrast to the Banyan Beef Skewer.

In terms of presentation, this is a really good-looking dish. The skewers are simplicity itself: pieces of grilled asparagus wrapped in bacon. Bengal Barbecue also includes a couple of fresh lemon slices, in case you want to spritz a bit of juice on the skewer.

My first bite was wonderful – the asparagus was done well (crisp, not soggy, and not over-roasted), and the bacon was equally solid (not too fatty or limp). The flavor felt delicate enough that the lemon really boosted the overall profile – if you drip some lemon juice on the skewer, you can really taste it. My second bite was also solid. I was getting excited.

… and then, you have the third one.

I don’t quite know how to say this, but by the time the third piece hit my tongue, it felt like old news. The novelty and freshness of the skewer had gone away. The flavors weren’t as distinct, the surprise was gone. A sameness had crept in, and refused to leave. Finishing the rest of the skewer – small though it was – felt like a chore.

(I told myself I was “doing it for science”).

I don’t recommend this dish, because it doesn’t feel like a complete offering to me; it’s more like a two-bite hors d’oeuvre than an (already-small) standalone skewer snack. However, if you’re with a group of friends and want to split one, your experience may be better – a bite or two could be a nice change from standard theme park food. Just stick with two bites, and you should be fine.