After several months of missed opportunities, I finally made my way to The Ganga Café in Lorong Kurau, Bangsar. My father in-law has spoken nothing but good things about the food, and I was told they formerly operated from the food court in Lucky Garden before moving over to Lorong Kurau.
The all-you-can-eat Sunday buffet piqued my interest –and it starts from 10am to 3pm. On weekdays, the a la carte menu features an assortment of flat breads (roti) with curries and dhal as well as vegetarian banana leaf rice. For RM16, the Sunday buffet comprises a small selection of dhal and curries, vegetarian dishes, fried pakodas, flat breads and rice.
Everything is self-service so you basically grab a metal plate and load it with whatever items that catch your fancy. I piled mine with some jeera rice, two types of dhal, aloo gobi, paneer and lentils curry. The dhals were thick and terrifically flavoured; very good with the fragrant jeera rice. They play around with a lot of spices, even in some of their drinks. Like the beetroot juice (RM7) I ordered that was moderately sweet and redolent of spices. This had peppery notes which I found very interesting.
A safer choice would be the mango lassi (RM7) – they are pretty generous with the yogurt and fruit so the drink is thick, smooth and naturally sweet from the mango. The fried items are also good. During my visit, they served a mean onion pakoda, Manchurian pakoda and sago vada. My father in-law usually buys the onion pakoda for dinner but it’s so much tastier eaten hot at the café.
The food contains no MSG, colouring or preservatives so a lot of spices come into play. I didn’t feel bloated or thirsty after my lunch there. The rice is quite filling so if you’re a small eater, I suggest taking a small portion so you have space for the flat breads and dessert. The homemade masala tea has just a touch of sweetness and goes very well with the meal.
I’ll be back for another round, that’s for sure! :)
Food: 7/10 (vegetarian)
Verdict: The food is delicious and relatively healthy. I didn’t feel bloated or thirsty after the meal.
The Ganga Cafe
19 Lorong Kurau,
Off Jalan Riong,
59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284 2119, 012-303 5310
Business hours: Tuesday to Saturday (8.30am to 9.30pm), Sunday (10am to 3pm)