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Ganapati South Indian Kitchen

Restaurants, Indian Peckham
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(22user reviews)

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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.

By: Time Out London Food & Drink



Address: 38 Holly Grove
SE15 5DF
Transport: Peckham Rye rail
Price: £25 and under
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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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 ;)

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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.

The best curry I've ever had in London. I've been here a few times so have tried pretty much everything on the menu and I can 100% say that every dish is amazing!

Delicious South Indian food, if a little overpriced  - especially galling when you've been to India and paid a quid for a slap up thali. But this is London, and Ganapati is probably as close as you'll get to Keralan food, so enjoy. 


Ganapati is a Peckham institution. It brings the flavours of South India to Peckham. The prices are reasonable, especially if you go for the vegetarian thali. A highly recommended restaurant in the area.

Amazing and authentic South Indian food! Their lachha paratha, prawn curry or street snacks never disappoint. The staff is also very friendly and helpful.

I've eaten here for years and having visit southern India the food is authentic, the staff are like friends and I never tire of this place....


So I live in Peckham and I pass by Ganapati's almost every day on my way to work. It's a bit of a love-hate thing: The scent coming out from under the door is so magnificent that I - more often than not - struggle to re-focus on the journey ahead of me and only make it to Peckham Rye Station (which is a convenient 4 minute walk away) by putting mental blinkers on. That being said I went to have lunch and dinner at Ganapati's many many times and each and every single time it's been outstanding. I have been to South India and was delighted to finally recognise the names and funny words of the dishes I had already eagerly consumed prior to my trip. However, now every single bite would take me back to Kerala..Try the Parippu Vadai, spicy-fried lentil balls and make sure to order an extra portion of the oh-so-flaky Paratha, to scoop up the delicious curry's, dal and pickles! The best South Indian food around by far! 

They have this  amazing lunch deal from Tues-Friday 12-2:45pm, with meals priced at around £6: it cannot get much better than that! Finally I really have to mention the staff. They will go out of their way to accommodate you and their attitude may be just as colourful as this little gem's interior! Bring your kids and show them what awaits them in the rest of this world. No cutlery needed! 

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

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

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