When it comes to what I miss from home, Indian food is usually high on the list. So, I was delighted when I discovered Ganesh, which serves high quality food at reasonable prices. There are a few branches throughout the city, and on this occasion I visited the restaurant on Hai Bà Trưng street.
Upon entering, you are greeted by a bas-relief of the eponymous deity. Subdued Indian music helps create the atmosphere of the sub-continent. Indian-style arches cross the room, from which photographs of Ghandi and Hồ Chí Minh beam down benevolently. We were seated promptly and handed the menu, which offers a wide variety of both Northern and Southern dishes. Delicious aromas drifted around the room, and inspired us to order a feast: lamb samosas and mixed pakora, followed by Fish Mango Curry and Chicken Vindaloo, accompanied by pulau rice and a large plain naan.
The pakora were well-made: a variety of vegetables and paneer cheese deep-fried in a pungent spicy batter, while the samosas were huge and tasty, although the lamb was used sparingly. The curries are served in bizarre tin buckets, but that doesn’t detract from their flavour. The Fish Mango Curry was mild, creamy and smooth, though not as good as the Goa fish curry we had tried on the previous visit. I was slightly apprehensive of the infamous Vindaloo, which is famed for its extreme heat. I had asked for the standard spiciness, so I was surprised to find the dish relatively mild. However, the tangy, not-so-spicy sauce was still delicious. I resolved to ask for maximum spiciness on my future visits, which I’m sure will be numerous and frequent, as Ganesh is one of the best examples of Indian food in the city.