Ganga is an Indian restaurant with a few locations scattered across Seoul, mostly focused south-east of the Han river. The restaurant was rated in 2010 by Zagat – a US-based restaurant guide.
Upon entering the restaurant, you soon notice it sports the kitsch Indian interior with wooden elephants and sculptures of various goddesses. Not only do the waiters and waitresses greet you with a positive demeanor, even the Indian-looking chefs say hi from within the kitchen. The kitchen is fully visible from inside the restaurant, a testament to the cleanliness and confidence that Ganga beams of.
The menu consists of every single item you can possibly imagine from the Indian cuisine, and I am sure the menu itself was longer than 10 pages. However, the staff is more than happy to help and explain what the dishes consist of, how spicy they are and what most people like to order.
Our choice fell on an array of lassis that would make any fruit salad jealous. Together with the lassis we feasted on some scrumptious potato samosas that were fried to perfection. Crispy on the outside and hearty on the inside, served with a lean mint sauce.
Soon the main dishes took over the spotlight. We opted for chicken tikka, chicken butter curry, lamb tikka, lamb curry, garlic naan and plain naan. The chicken tikka was your standard run-of-the-mill dish, which in this case means it was finger-licking delicious! It was served with pickles and pickled onion rings. The lamb tikka is actually a totally different dish with succulent lamb meat, peppers and onion all in a thick, cumin-tasting sauce.
The chicken butter curry works wonders together with the naan bread. The chicken has just the right texture and the sauce the right thickness. Our favorite dish in the end was the lamb curry with that stringy lamb phenomenon that you can only get from lamb meat in stews.
One thing I liked about the naan bread was that it wasn’t dripping with butter like naan in other restaurants usually do. You could actually touch it with your fingers without needing a roll of tissue to clean your fingers after every touch.
The Lotte World Mall is a new department store in Jamsil just by the new Lotte Tower. Every time I see the tower I am still in awe, and at after a meal at Ganga I recommend you to step outside and stand just a few meters from the tower. Don’t hold me responsible if you get neck injuries from looking up! Worth mentioning is also that Ganga is on the 6th floor, overlooking parts of Jamsil with an incredibly beautiful view. If the window screens are partly down to keep the sunshine out, just ask the staff and they’ll be happy to wind them up to show you the view.
Address: 송파구 올림픽로 300 (월드타워점), Jam sil 6 dong, Seoul, Seoul, 138-240, South Korea
Tel: +82 2-3213-4635
Business hours: Mon-Sun 10-midnight