The Ganga Café holds a special place in my heart. It’s one of the very few restaurants in KL that offers a deliciously wonderful vegetarian buffet. This quaint little restaurant is nestled in a corner of Bangsar that’s grown into quite a foodie haven, called Lorong Kurau. This is one place you should really visit if you want to discover some artisanal fine dining establishments.
The Ganga Café stands out on Lorong Kurau, Bangsar for being the only Indian restaurant there. More specifically, it serves Gujerati food that’s authentic and homey. If you want to taste their all you can eat buffet, it’s on from 11am to 3pm every Sunday. I usually show up for their buffet lunch as it’s really affordable at only RM 25 person.
You can definitely show up on any other day that they’re open in order to enjoy their ala carte menu. There are various types of rice and bread sets, like Biryani and all sorts of bread from naans to chapattis. Pair these with vegetarian sides like palak paneer, vegetable kofta and more. One of the more popular items on the menu is the Standard Thali, with rice, 3 veg, 2 dal, rasam, salad and papadam for only RM10.
What I would like to highlight is, of course, their Sunday buffet. It’s an eat-all-you-want setting for a fixed price. The spread includes about 2 dal curries, 3-4 vegetable dishes, soup of the day, papadam, about 4 fried foods or appetizers, salads, a whole lot of chutneys, masala tea and a dessert. All these are served with white rice and about 5 types of bread.
You can help yourself to whatever you want from the spread. I love the fact that all their bread, which include chappatis, rotis and puris, come in smaller sizes, like mini CDs. This way, you can try more pieces of bread and vary your meal for the day, rather than getting full on just one or two big pieces.
Their menu changes every Sunday, but when I’m there, I always look forward to a few things. One of them is the spinach and dal side dish, as well as their dried potato fry. But best of all is their Khandvi. This is a type of noodle roll, almost like the Chinese Chee Cheong Fun. It’s made of gram flour and yoghurt and flavoured with turmeric, which gives it a bright yellow colour. This soft snack can really pull at your heartstrings.
The dried appetizer section (where the Khandvi usually is) can hold many surprises from week to week. You’ll find things like fried bits of bananas, veggie pakodas and mini vadais, among others. More importantly, the buffet spread here is never boring so you’ll have to come with an open mind and open palatte.
The Ganga Café’s friendly staff is another pull. They’re never stony faced, curt or silent. Even in the busiest of times they offer warm greetings, smiles and try their utmost best to fulfil your requests.
Finally, I should mention that the Ganga Café’s beverages are really popular, and you can choose from a large selection of smoothies and shakes. The best selling is the Ganga Tea Crush, Detox Cooler and Pranic Juice which are all refreshingly healthy and good for you.
The Ganga Cafe
- Address: 19 Lorong Kurau, Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- Phone: +60 3-2284 2119
- Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 08;00 - 22:00, Sunday 10:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 22:00