Review on Ganapati Restaurant
'A little southern star,' was how one reviewer summed up Ganapati a beguiling little South Indian restaurant in a swanky Peckham backstreet. Named after the benign elephant-headed god of Ganesh, Ganapati is a cosy, buzzy, vividly decorated place, owned and run by Claire Fisher - an enthusiast devotee of South Indian cuisine, who spent time in the kitchens of Rasa Samudra before heading off to Kerala to learn about the food first hand.
She cooks and oversees proceedings in the tiny kitchen, with help from some Indian colleagues, and her short menu goes straight to the heart of things. Assorted street snacks are a good way to start, or you might plump for stuffed plantain or grilled roti packed with mussels. Meat, seafood and veg all compete when it comes to main courses, with everything from ela meen (whole sea bream steamed in a banana leaf) or chicken breast in coriander and coconut malasa to kaddachaka (breadfruit) and brown bean curry.
All-in-one thalis are superb value, likewise quick one-dish lunches of dosas and curries. To drink, try the house white from India's Sula Vineyards of quaff a bottle of beer from the Meantime Brewery a few miles away.
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Claire Fisher and Aboobacker Pallithodi Koya
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.45pm Tue-Fri (All day Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Tue-Sat (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card