Ganesha in Bedminster is an Indian restaurant, but not a curry house. They set themselves apart from the standard formula of curries and tandooris, instead attempting to recreate the unique and authentic tastes of South India, with little compromise to British tastes. They’ve been on Bedminster Parade since 2008, and continue to grow and grow, so it seems that the hungry public of Bristol are embracing their styles of cooking, and are happy to experience something out of the ordinary.
Ganesha is an Indian restaurant that sets itself apart from the standard curry house tropes. Prasad Vanka and Mayur Renukdas are natives of southern India, and they have brought the styles of cooking prevalent in their native homelands to Bedminster Parade in Bristol. Their menu takes in thalis – the small plates of diverse curries typically served at lunchtime, and countless unique specialities of Kerala, Goa, Hyderabad and Pune, with a huge range of spices, cooking styles and ingredients.
The menu is notably different at Bedminster’s Ganesha to that of the standard curry house restaurant. Masala dosa, the rice and gram flour pancake filled with potato bhaji, is a breakfast favourite all over southern India, and at Ganesha, they make one of the best in Bristol. Their vegetarian options are also superb, reflecting the religious diversity of the region, and their seafood selection is also extensive, as the likes of Goa and Kerala have huge fishing industries. Head down to Bedminster for an authentic taste of India – but make sure you book a table in advance!
Fabulous fabulous food, venue and service. What a great place for a big family gathering - loved it. A real treat to find such a great eatery in Bristol.
Great food prepared by people who take pride in what they do. Individual dishes were varied and delicious, so much better than the typical generic Indian food we are used to.
Some of the best Indian food in Bristol. It was not that busy over weekdays and the service was excellent. The food arrived very quickly but there was no compromise on the taste or the quality. The Dosa starter was exceptional with the crispy pancake and delicious sauce. There was nothing to fault with the mains as well and were not as greasy as the other Indian places. Overall, will definitely be back to try the other dishes on their menu
The best Indian food we've had in a long time. The Aloo Gobi and Navratan Korma were delicious. The gin and tonic is highly recommended. Service was friendly and quick. We'll definitely be back soon!
I had been about to head to a different venue when I read the reviews on Ganesha and decided to book here instead. It was my wife's wedding anniversary. (Well, it was mine too I suppose but you know how they get.) Straight away I can say that the food was exceptional. The flavours were both subtle and intense by turn and this was authentic, intelligent cooking at its pinnacle. The Dosa Ghosht (pancake served with a bowl of tender lamb in a delicious masala sauce), along with the best Onion Bhajis I have had, made for perfect shared starters. Ghosht Kholhapuri, a spicy lamb dish, I had all to myself as it was too hot for my wife. (Result!) She opted for the Ghosht Saagwala, lamb cooked in spinach. The accompanying portions of Saffron rice were much lighter than the usual Pilau rice to which we are often accustomed and the Naan bread was beautifully fresh. As they didn't have our first choice of fizz, the manager kindly knocked £10 off a more expensive bottle of champagne. A gesture we much appreciated. I never like to be negative about minor points, especially when a restaurant is busy, popular (as Ganesha clearly is) and is very obviously trying hard. My only gripe was that such genuine and authentic Indian food is slightly let down by the ambience. The restaurant has more of the feel of a student canteen than the special venue it ought to be but perhaps it's this degree of informality which it aims to achieve, in which case my observation isn't really valid. Even so, if Ganesha doesn't exactly have the feel of the grand days of the Raj, our waiter (pleasant and helpful as he was) could do the place a favour by ditching the baseball cap and losing the chewing gum. Innit. Martin
Lovely, fresh tasting food, with many interesting menu choices, and staff happy to check with kitchen re. vegan options. My only tiny criticism is that while browsing menu it would have been nice for drinks order to be taken ahead of food order. But on the whole this is a restaurant we would go back to, and happily recommend to others. Easily makes my top tier of Indian cuisine experiences.
Restaurant was pretty empty, maybe three other tables in so wasn't busy, yet we had to ask to order drinks about 20 minutes after we had sat down at the table. When they came, they served bottles of cider that were 2.5 years out of date!!! Further delay to take order, poppadoms arrived with starters, yet we asked for these to come in advance so that we could nibble whilst waiting for the starters. Smallest pot of mango chutney between 4 people I've ever seen considering we'd ordered 12 poppadoms too!! Starters were nice I must admit, but the main course was very bland, small portion and zero spice even though I asked for it to be extra hot. The naan breads were delayed coming out so overall, very disappointing! We go to many Indian restaurants and this has to be one of the worst we've been to. Wouldn't visit again! They even added on a 10% service charge automatically onto the bill, for 4 people???
excellent food and very helpful service - group of 5 and we had lovely dosa starters followed by a selection of v exotic mains including goan fish, and aubergine in peanut sauce (their best dish) - love the food and service at this place and with a taste card got some meals free too!
A little gem, Keralan influenced menu, loved the Tiffin. It's fairly ordinary decor, but pleasant enough. If it's not busy the manager will happily chat about the food, and about Kerala, and recommend what goes well together. Gents toilet door handle had come loose, but I don;t go there to try out the handles. Delicious dishes and I;ve been 4 times, never disappoints.
Maybe the best Indian restaurant meal we've ever had. Iñnovative menu with many authentic dishes, rather than the usual "same old same old" that most UK indian restaurants churn out. Attentive, informative and polite service too. A vegetarian's heaven. 5 star recommendation from us.