Indian food is very much part of Malaysia’s food culture and in KL alone, there are plenty of good Indian vegetarian restaurants. When it comes to authenticity and genuinely tasty food though, our family favourite by far is The Ganga Café. Let’s have a look!
Located in Bangsar, parking can be a slight issue when you’re headed to the restaurant there. Be prepared to make a few rounds before finding a place, or simply take a Grab. Tables are either inside underneath the fans, or outside at the front or the back with natural ‘air-conditioning’.
How to choose?!
With so many dishes available on the menu, choosing the right ones is a challenging task. Or is it…? It is all so very tasty! If you’re lucky, you’ll run into Ms Meeta, the owner of the restaurant. She’s always happy to assist with any food queries you may have. In case she’s not there, here are a few of our family favourites.
Not to be missed for appetisers are the Pani Poori, delicious crispy round shells that you fill with spicy minty water. Another firm favourite is the Samosa Chaat: crumbled samosas with yoghurt. If you like some spiciness in your food, the Chilli Mushrooms or the Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower with sweet and sour sauce) are for you.
There are plenty of breads to choose from like naan, chapati, tosai or paratha. They go well together with smooth dishes like the Ladies Paneer, a blended spinach dish. Paneer Tikka Masala is a chunky kind of curry and goes very well with bread too. Please do use your hands to eat all this loveliness, it will taste even more delicious. A special dish is the Baingan Ka Bharta, a dry mashed eggplant curry, and no vegetarian Indian meal is complete without Bhindi Masala: lady fingers in a semi-dry curry. We love the vegetable Briyani as well.
To compliment your food with a drink, try the Detox Cooler with cucumber, apple and mint or a salted lassi. They do have a few beer options as well. We always try to stay away from the sweets, but there is nothing that can’t be healed with a kulfi… Just saying.
If you need your food to be gluten-free, just ask for the dishes that don’t contain gluten. A lot of the bread choices are also gluten-free. Most dishes are spicy, so I wouldn’t recommend this place if you’ve got younger kids who are not into spicy food.
Whether it is dining in or home delivery, this place has never ever disappointed us. And that is the strength of good restaurants: if they manage to be consistently good for many years in a row, you’ve got a winner!
Location and opening hours
The Ganga Café is located at 19 Lorong Kirau, Bangsar. You can find their location here. The restaurant is open every day, from 8.30am till 9.30pm. Booking a table is advisable, especially during weekends and you can do that here. The Ganga Café also has got outlets in Mont Kiara and Seapark.
Looking for more meat-free restaurants in KL? Have a look here at our article!