Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sunday Brunch @ The Ganga Cafe, Bangsar

New management took over The Ganga Cafe recently, introducing what could soon become a Sunday staple for fans of fulfilling weekend feasts: A buffet brunch that celebrates interesting vegetarian Gujarati fare.


Owners Meeta & Prabodh Sheth hold court in a cafe that stirs vibrantly to life with families & friends spurning Eggs Benedict & French toast for cooking that's wholly different but wholesomely delicious nonetheless. Plus, at only RM16 per adult & teenager, this might work well for customers torn between wanting to binge & needing to tighten their belts (economically speaking).


Ganga's nutrition-packed Sunday brunch offerings change weekly, so there's always something special to sample, such as these 'hara bhara kabab,' crispy patties of spinach & potatoes ... 


 ... 'khandvi,' scrolls made with gram flour & yoghurt, tasting like a cross between Italian fettuccine & Chinese chee cheong fun but lighter than both ...


 ... trays of freshly prepared, crispy-colourful salads alongside fried fare that tastes healthier than the norm ...


 ... onion-&-banana pakoras & fermented rice-&-chickpea batter dhoklas ...


 ... 'aloo methi,' potatoes with fenugreek leaves, & 'palak manchurian,' veggie fritters in creamy spinach gravy ...


 ... 'dudhi chana,' a mild squash curry with chickpeas ...


 ... a surprisingly spicy carrot-tomato soup, plus tamarind & mint chutneys ...


 ... as well as dal galore, thick with chickpeas, & onion curry ...


 ... paired nicely with the fluffiest 'bhatoora' bread ...


 ... & excellent for soaking up with an assortment of chapatis.


Magnificently hearty, making meat seem completely redundant for this one meal. 


 Have a grandparent or a young child with a fabulous appetite? The buffet costs only RM7 for anyone 3-11 years old or above 75.


 Note that this all-you-can-eat spread is offered only on Sundays, 11am-3pm. At other times, Ganga serves an a la carte menu of fairly wide-ranging south Indian cuisine, including banana leaf rice.


 Finish up if there's still stomach space with a fudgy sweet treat like 'mohanthal,' tinged with cardamom & sliced almonds.


The buffet price includes a free flow of masala chai & Indian bru coffee, but it's worth paying extra on a hot, humid afternoon to order Ganga's non-alcoholic, refreshingly icy interpretations of the Margarita & Mojito; both taste as unexpectedly good as they can be without tequila & rum.


The Ganga Cafe
19 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar
Tel: 03-2284-2119
Open Mon-Sat, 830am-930pm. Sundays for brunch.

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30 comments:

  1. Oooo...I'd like this place. I love Indian! Ok, Bangsar. Fierce is there too.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, i generally only have indian food a few times a year, but this was worth it! yup, this is in bangsar too, though in a relatively quieter section of the neighbourhood =)

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  2. Wow so many indian delicacies that i have yet to try! Would definitely love to try the chee cheong fun dish, very intriguing!

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    1. Ken: ya, i wasn't familiar with many items in this selection too ... and the 'chee cheong fun' one was definitely one of the more memorable stand-outs! :D

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  3. I don't believe I have ever tried any of these dishes, Sean. I don't like hot and spicy foods, but I know some people who do! :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, i have low tolerance for spicy food too, unfortunately, but i do enjoy eating it, heh =)

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  4. Oh I miss places like this....the food looks fabulous and proof that veggie nosh can be awesom

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, i had second and third helpings of everything! ;)

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    1. The Yum List: ya, worth every ringgit! :)

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  6. That looks like a great spread! Saw this on Meena's IG and it does look awesome!

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    1. Baby Sumo: hope you manage to check it out someday! ;)

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  7. No more western brunch, we should moving further to this indian brunch! It's cool!!!

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    1. 小乱: haha, ya, it's fun to have a change once in awhile! :)

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    1. Footfringe: that's an apt one-word summation! :)

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  9. very nice indian food..
    looks very authentic food also...

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    1. happy chap goh meh to you sean...

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    2. Simple Person: yeah, apparently/allegedly this tastes as great as what customers can find in india =)

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    3. Simple Person: thank you, and best wishes to you and your family too :)

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  10. Happy Valentine's Day Sean! I still remember our Valentine dinner at TA building hahaha! was it so many years ago?
    Ahhh.. time flies.
    I love vegetarian - especially Indian vegetarian. Must hop in here on a Sun soon! :)

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    1. Rebecca: thanks! haha, i think it was only three years ago at the most, but it does feel like a very, very, very long time ago! :D i think you'll enjoy the indian fare here. very well-prepared :)

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    1. Wong: glad you like it! =)

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  12. That chee cheong fun look alike thing with indian gravy will be my choice.

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    1. Wong: heheh, ya, that one is a popular choice! :)

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  13. Hmmm..Do they serve rice with all those lovely vegetarian goodies as well?

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    1. Unkaleong: ya, gots. supposedly quite nice rice, but i didn't try it =)

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  14. This is what I need. Gosh I really miss all these local cuisine. "salivating"

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    1. Eiling: yeah, now i'm hankering for some creamy dal too! :D

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