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4.9 /6 Excellent 44 Reviews

Ganesha Indian Cuisine

Redcliffe Indian ££ +100
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About Ganesha Indian Cuisine

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 23:00
  • Sunday 17:30 - 23:00
Ganesha Indian Cuisine, 54 - 56 Bedminster Parade, BS3 4HS Bristol

Further Information

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!


44 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 44 Reviews
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: heavenly
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
11.06.2017 09:54

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.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 11:55

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

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 19:49

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!

1 review so far 6
05.04.2017 23:11

Helpful and informative staff who advised on the best dishes. tasty food served in a pleasant environment. Lucky to have this restaurant practically on our doorstep.

1 review so far 5
15.05.2016 12:11

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

1 review so far 5
12.03.2017 09:26

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.

1 review so far 6
09.02.2016 11:22

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!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2016 07:59

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.

1 review so far 6
28.05.2016 19:06

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.

3 reviews so far 6
20.12.2016 10:25

Easy to locate and near Bristol City Centre. Exactly matches up to website. Appealing decor, wonderful food and and a great atmosphere. Staff were friendly , service was good , prices were reasonable and we left feeling happy. We would go again.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 08:12

We had a family meal and enjoyed delicious Indian regional dishes, try the dosa (pancakes) with delicate and fresh flavours. Recommend Ganesha in bedminster for authentic Indian food and very friendly and helpful staff.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 09:02

A very good place to eat. The staff were polite and friendly. Food was fairly priced, cooked perfectly, tasted delicious and served in a timely manner. Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 13:27

Great night spent with the boyfriend, friendly service and the food was top notch. I would recommend going here for a date night or a few friends to enjoy a cosy evening.

4 reviews so far 4
29.08.2017 09:47

We haven't been here for several years, but it was always amazing food when we used to visit. I'm happy to say that the food is still just as amazing, but the experience was let down by very indifferent service in an all but empty restaurant. Shame.

1 review so far 6
04.05.2016 16:50

really excellent food and great service. lots of unusual dishes and flavours. the dosas were particularly good. well priced and good value. thoroughly recommended. convenient fro centre and for south bristol

1 review so far 6
08.04.2016 00:01

The food was excellent; the people were nice. I can't fault. The only improvement would be to the experience, a suggestion being if the staff were dressed in traditional indian attire.

1 review so far 5
07.02.2016 09:26

Excellent food and service. Atmosphere was good and staff were friendly. Everyone should try the Dosas, they're the best! Food seems to be more traditional than a lot of other Indian restaurants which make it stand out.

1 review so far 5
13.06.2017 14:25

Very nice food. Although I was surprised to see that a service charge had been added to the bill. Not normal for this type of restaurant and I only noticed it after I had given a tip.

1 review so far 6
09.03.2016 16:55

Excellent food and lovely staff - we spent a very pleasant evening at Ganesha and were glad we had booked because it was busy at 7.45pm on a Saturday evening.

5 reviews so far 6
29.12.2016 10:06

God was great, good selection of dishes you don't usually see and also a great range of veggie dishes too. Good prices on the menu and friendly and helpful service.