A TRIP DOWN THE GANGES - FOR YOUR TASTE BUDS!
By Nickie Clare
@ DM / 25MAR2006
Kishore Reddy's new Indian restaurant, GANGES, in Colombo is an explosion for your senses.
The entire restaurant follows the theme of the Ganges river and its flow through culturally and diverse regions from the snow-clad mountains of the Himalayas to the Moghul dominated Lucknow. The menu contains choice of over forty dishes, 12 vegetarian, with 5 basmati rice and 5 biryani rice, 8 breads, 9 traditionally Indian desserts - there is almost too much choice!
It is not only the menu that follows the concept of the culturally rich banks of the Ganges, every choice made by the owner has been made with this theme in mind; the décor and decoration, the tableware, cutlery and eve waiter's dress.
On entrance the staff welcome you into the stylish and elegant dining area which, despite its evident class, is still inviting. The building is not large but the mirrors on every wall make it look more spacious while maintaining its exclusivity and friendly atmosphere. Drapes in deep purple and black soften the lines of the ceiling and the relaxed ambience is heightened by soft lighting and subtle, background organ and harp melodies. The cool air-conditioning carries delicious spicy smells from the kitchen unimpeded, because the restaurant is entirely 'No Smoking'.
The bar, called a 'Water Bar',- fashioned entirely from real fish-tanks full of water and exotic fish, is one of many centre pieces that offer topics for conversation in the restaurant. There is also a large wooden horse amongst the tables, an enormous, wall-sized painting of the river Ganges and three muted television sets to draw your attention.
The food itself is quite exquisite, arriving little more than twenty minutes after ordering. The rice was cooked to perfection, the curries contained delicious chunks of succulent meat or fresh vegetables and a real myriad of flavours explodes to indulge your taste buds.
As you can imagine, Ganges can get very busy, by nine o'clock all the tables are usually taken so reservations are suggested although if you turn up and are happy to wait then the restaurant will happily accommodate you. .
Ganges restaurant is located on Independence Avenue, off Prof. Stanley Wijeysundara Mawatha in Colombo 7.
Average Price for a Meal for Two
If you were to follow the suggested traditional Indian courses, which involves a starter, a soup, a non-vegetarian dish, a vegetarian dish, dhal, Indian bread and rice followed by dessert, the cost would come to approx 2000 Rupees for two customers.
However, for those with a smaller appetite, (or a smaller budget!) only two main dishes, one rice dish and some Indian bread is more than satisfactory and the price for two can be as little as 1000 Rupees.