Ganesh Indian Restaurant: quality Indian cuisine
Ganesh Indian Restaurant
Tucked a few blocks back from the beach off of Tran Quang Khai street, Ganesh is a brightly lit storefront covered with signage identifying itself in three different languages. Step inside the glass door 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 clean white tablecloths, and the chairs are comfortable. The name Ganesh comes from the Indian myth of elephant-headed Ganesha, 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 eight 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 overbearing 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”). If you’re looking for something more substantial, we recommend 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 for two. The meat options are lamb or chicken, and there are two other options: vegetarian and seafood. The chicken plate was 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.
Location: 184 Hung Vuong Street
Hours: 11 am - 10 pm, every day
Price Range: 50-200k VND ($2-$8)/dish
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