Ganapati South Indian Kitchen

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South Indian restaurant where the menu draws on street snacks from regions including Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Kanataka

A south Indian restaurant that pitched up on Peckham Rye before it got posh, Ganapati has the colourful, laid-back feel of a joint inspired by a backpacking tour of the subcontinent, and it certainly looks the part, with communal tables, school-style chairs, a photo wall, and shelves decorated with gilded trinkets. The chefs – who all hail from the two regions that share India’s bottom-most tip – major in the spice-laden, home-style cuisine they grew up with, from the house vegetarian thali, with its unctuous dhal and delicious homemade pickles and breads, to lamb leg in a chilli-packed masala spiked with coriander and mint. The result is nothing like your average curry house – even the desserts are varied and authentic – and for that reason, it’s deservedly popular with locals, many of whom phone up the more recently established takeaway down the road if they can’t get a table. Drinks-wise, there’s a considered wine list (including a bottle from India), but most people plump for local Fourpure beer. On summer nights, try for a seat in the charmingly bijou conservatory.

Venue name: Ganapati South Indian Kitchen
Address: 38 Holly Grove
SE15 5DF
Transport: Peckham Rye rail
Price: £25 and under
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Basically the best curry you can get in London (imho).

Super knowledgeable and friendly staff, menu is small but perfectly formed and the flaky spirally kerala is still the best bread I've ever had the pleasure of mopping up a curry with.

Added bonus, you can book in advance and the wine menu is solid and reasonably priced. Pay a visit asap.

ps Ganapati deserves a real review ;)

andrew gilhespy
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this place is keralan magic - i have been to Kerala too - it serves fresh, well spiced curries of various delicious types, great veg dishes, amazing breads and its well priced too.

Isabel W

Best food in SE London! Great ambience, lovely staff. They do fantastic delivery too.

Emma H

The best southern Indian restaurant outside of Kerala. Beautiful slight, smells, tastes and service. Heaven.

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