Quality Indian cuisine in Nha Trang: Ganesh Restaurant - Vandana Indian Food
Looking to try an alternative to Vietnamese cuisine, but still craving something exotic? Check out Ganesh Indian Restaurant and Vandana Authentic Indian Food
GANESH INDIAN RESTAURANT
- Location: 184 Hung Vuong Street
- Hours: 11 am - 10 pm, every day
- Price Range: 50k-200k VND ($2-$8)/dish
Looking to try an alternative to Vietnamese cuisine, but still craving something exotic? Check out Ganesh Indian Restaurant on Hung Vuong street in Downtown Nha Trang. Ganesh Nha Trang is one of six restaurant locations (as of this writing) across Vietnam. They also have restaurants in Ho Chi Minh, Mui Nu, Hoi An, Phu Quoc, and Da Lat. If the quality is consistent across locations, it might be worth trying them all.
Tucked a few blocks back from the beach off of Tran Quang Khai street, Ganesh has a brightly lit storefront covered with signage identifying itself in three different languages. Step inside the glass doors into a narrow L-shaped dining area with a handful of two- and four-top tables arrayed to the left and right. The tables are covered with simple white or green tablecloths, and the high-backed chairs are comfortable.
The name Ganesh comes from the Indian myth of elephant-headed Ganesha, symbolizing wisdom, happiness, and success - which is why you’ll see a lot of elephant themed artwork around the restaurant. Large windows line the lefthand side of the dining room. As people walk by outside it can seem a bit like you’re sitting down to eat on stage. But you’ll forget about all that once you experience the food.
The menu is large - I mean, voluminous - and includes many dishes from North and South India. Normally so many options would be a red flag: quantity over quality. But all the dishes we’ve tried have been great, and the success of Ganesh’s six Vietnam locations indicates that they know what they’re doing in general. Flip through the menu - in addition to meat dishes, you’ll see there are a variety of vegetarian options, and plenty of seafood as well (you are in Nha Trang, after all!).
Although the tastes and smells of Indian cuisine might seem overwhelming to the Vietnamese (or western) palate, you can set your mind at ease at Ganesh. The food is flavorful yet mellow - it could almost be described as Indian comfort food. The server will ask you if you prefer spicy or mild. The curries are on the milder side (unless you ask otherwise), and subtly seasoned.
If you’re in the mood for a light and refreshing appetizer, try the mango lassi (“smoothie”). Looking to start with something more substantial? We recommend the veggie samosas: deep fried pastries filled with green peas, mashed potatoes, and spices. They are nicely sized, piping hot, and tasty.
For a main course, we recommend the Thali (“plate”) set meal. It’s advertised as a complete meal for one, but it’s plenty of food for two people. The meat options are lamb or chicken, and there are two other options: vegetarian and seafood. We ordered the chicken plate, a large metal platter with six “bowls” in it: steamed rice in the center, surrounded by a mild chicken curry (with a pleasant hint of cinnamon), tarka daal (stewed chickpeas with savory spices), raita (creamy spiced yogurt), a mixed vegetable and tofu curry, and rice pudding for desert.
On a second platter, we received juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken tikka garnished with veggies and lime. As a foundation to combine with all of this, we were brought a giant, delicious “loaf” of garlic naan.
If you give Ganesh a try, let us know what you had, and what you thought, in the comments!
VANDANA AUTHENTIC INDIAN FOOD
- Location: 73/16, Tran Quang Khai, Loc Tho, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
- Hours: 10am - 11pm
- Price Range: 50k-300kVND
- Hotline: 0786 972 114
When you visit Vandana Authentic Indian Food, a delightful Indian restaurant located in Nha Trang, you will be greeted with a warm and peaceful atmosphere, featuring modern decor. The spacious and well-ventilated space is particularly pleasing, and especially live music is played in the evenings.
All of the dishes served at the restaurant are authentic Indian cuisine, prepared by the Indian owner. The restaurant offers an extensive menu with many delicious options, such as fish curry, fennel rice, butter chicken, chicken korma, coconut chicken curry, garlic/cheese naan, and numerous other steamed dishes. In particular, the lamb curry is a favorite of many, as it is both unusual and delectable. We had "Vegetable Thali set" - a small set size dish, which is ample for two people.
The owner is always happy, enthusiastic, and very friendly, while the service staff is quick and attentive, providing a sense of closeness and comfort to diners.
To sum up, both of the aforementioned restaurants offer a standard of Indian cuisine. However, Vandana's space is more expansive and well-ventilated, with a contemporary design. If you are aware of any other Indian restaurants in Nha Trang, kindly leave a comment below and let Zoom know.
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