The restaurant is located next door to the established takeaway business and was
opened on 20/12/99.
The interior of the restaurant is pristine and modern and still slightly
unfinished, (but it will be sorted out over the following few days as it was
apparently a rush to get the restaurant open in time for Christmas).
This review was done on the evening of the opening. I ate with Dave Pickles,
one of our local restaurant reviewers as we had both been invited to the opening
Whilst we studied the impressive menu, we ate poppadom and chutneys.
Particularly notable was the onion and tomato chutney, finely sliced and very
fresh, and also the yoghurt sauce, which every restaurant seems to have a unique
variation, but the Ganges have a mellow yellow, slightly spicy and very
For starters we ordered stuffed peppers and mixed kebabs. For main courses we
ordered the harially chicken and the Ganges special curry with plain and
pershwari naan and pillau rice.
The stuffed pepper was presented with a neat side salad. The pepper had been
stuffed with shredded chicken tikka meat and roasted in the tandoor oven until
perfectly scorched and tender. The mixed kebabs were the usual mix of succulent
pieces of lamb and chicken tikka, a sheek kebab and side salad. I covered my
kebab starter with copious amounts of the extraordinarily good yoghurt sauce.
The spices from the tikka marinade mix with the sauce to form another variation
of the sauce, which is spicy rather than cooling. Just how I like it. My
colleague, Dave, also reported that the stuffed pepper was exceptional and
The Ganges special is a whole chicken breast stuffed with spiced minced lamb
and cooked in a delicious curry sauce. The harially chicken is chicken tikka
cooked with ground spinach in a curry sauce with extra garlic and ginger added.
We decided to share the main courses with the pillau rice and naan breads. The
Ganges special was most unusual, with the chicken, minced lamb and sauce
combining to provide a mixture of flavours that were individually discernable,
yet forming a beautiful spicy combination. The harially chicken contained
beautiful, succulent pieces of chicken tikka breast meat in a slightly more
pungent sauce coloured and flavoured with ground spinach, garlic and ginger.
The main course dishes were wonderfully complimented by the aromatic pillau
rice and the fresh hot naan breads straight from the tandoor oven.
We refreshed ourselves with Kingfisher lager rather than wine from the
remarkably good wine list. It is very rare in an Indian restaurant to see a good
wine list, but the Ganges has gone to some effort to accommodate the more
discerning diner, with a choice of red and white wines including Nuits St
George, Cotes de Beaune, decent Chardonnays and French Chablis. (I wish I had
kept a copy of the wine list, I will endeavour to update this when I return).
Overall - This is the best Indian restaurant in the area. I cannot
fault it for decor, ambience or quality of food. It has only just opened, but it
will surely become the preferred place to eat Indian food as its reputation
spreads. I will be back time and time again