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Ganapati Restaurant
Ganapati Restaurant

Ganapati Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ganapatirestaurant.com
  • Phone: 0207 277 2928
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm -11:30pm; Open for lunch and dinner Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
  • Executive Chef: Claire Fisher
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Ganapati Outside Catering To date, Ganapati has catered for a number of weddings, private dinner parties, house parties and work conferences.

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ganapati Restaurant
The kitchen is the soul of a restaurant as it is of a home, providing warmth, nourishment and evocative smells. An air of expectancy surrounds the kitchen as the work of the day begins. It is a place of hard work, companionship and great rewards, and most importantly, it brings people together to feast on the results. Ganapati is the south Indian name for the elephant-headed god Ganesh. He is the well-loved remover of obstacles, with a particular fondness for sweets.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food as ever; but for the hottest days of the year a fan - at least in the back section of the restaurant - is badly needed. Sweltering!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Beautiful homemade style southern Indian food. Lunch deals excellent value. .. lovely staff and really passionate about cooking top notch indian cuisine."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Ganapati and it certainly won't be our last. The food was exemplary and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. We loved it and can't wait to go back. Our fingers are also poised to ring for a takeaway too! First class."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Well balanced menu, delicious food and excellent service plus a very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Lovely little restaurant in Pecks. Lovely twist on Indian cuisine. Great food & ambience. Good value for money."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "To be honest I was disappointed - ate there many moons ago and it was truly memorable. But this time I felt all the food was just too spicey and we had to request raita to cool us down. Also felt that at these prices the meat dishes should have come automatically with a vegetable accompaniment and chutneys. The masal dosa starter was delicious though, so it's probably better to stick with the vegetarian options, as befits a south Indian restaurant. I found it pretty expensive for what it was, and had forgotten that it is so small and are packed in. And it's a shame there are none of the delicious Indian lagers are on offer - only pale ales."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "Lovely little restaurant that's brightly painted and cheerful. Staff were helpful and polite and service was quick. They have a range of unusual aperitifs on the menu. I tried one which included a ginger spirit - delicious. The menu was larger than I expected and had a good range of Southern based Indian dishes including snacks and lighter meals such as dosas but also full thalis. I chose a fish curry which was beautifully cooked and light and refreshing. Wish we'd had room for desert!"
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Fresh South Indian spicing applied with an intensity and vigour at odds with the relaxed atmosphere at this chilled and well run eatery. Well worth a visit."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Excellent, as ever. I was among its first customers. It has since become deservedly popular."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Ganapati is possibly my favourite London restaurant, certainly my favourite one in South East. I always take visiting friends & family. The food is absolutely delicious! The staff are always friendly & welcoming & I love the ambience. I only wish they were open 7 days a week! I am so pleased that they now offer a delivery service. Can't get enough of that crispy paratha & that gorgeous dahl!"
    dined on 25/06/2014
  • "Absolutely great menu, was unfamiliar with a few dishes offered within the South Indian cuisin. This was a perfect introduction. Try the Kampala bread, fantastic!"
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Ganapati's never fails to impress me, great fresh south indian food. The Paratha's are amazing!!! Staff are great and friendly and I always leave with the most satisfied belly!!"
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Just charming, lovely food -- the sauces really summoned up south India. Wish wine could be a little cheaper -- it would probably encourage more people to order bottles."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "This little enclave of South India remains a hidden gem in urban Peckham. Go there for the sensationally good masala dosa, the mini-thalis for a taste of everything delicious and the parathas are unmissable."
    dined on 08/06/2014
  • "A superb restaurant with an excellent quality of Southern Indian food. The staff were very accommodating and looked after the entire group. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, a great experience so make your booking now! "
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "One of the very best authentic South Indian food places in London. "
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Ganapati was recommended by a foodie friend so we knew it'd be good! But we didn't expect it to be soooo good! It looks really cute from outside, very colorful, clean but inside a bit small and they sat us at a large table with other people (not that we minded). The menu was very interesting, I had duck curry with tamarind sauce and coconut pieces, absolutely divine!! It is pricey, £45 for 2 mains, 1 side and 2 soft drinks, but worth the experience."
    dined on 01/06/2014
  • "I've paid a few visits to Ganapati over the years and it never disappoints. Deciding which dish to pick is always hard as there are so many delicious choices to tempt. The food part from tasting delicious also is very fresh and unlike some Indian restaurants tastes nutritious and healthy too. Whenever I've been to the restaurant they are always busy, that confirms their success, so would recommend booking. They have also recently opened a take-away close by that I am looking forward to sampling soon. "
    dined on 14/05/2014
  • "Booked for lunch and of only did we have a fantastic meal, but the service was great. Eaten here before so not surprise by price, but woth mentioning it's a bit pricey. "
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "An interesting menu andvery tasty food. We went on a Friday night and it was busy, a lively atmosphere andfriendly service. Definitely worth a visit and worth trying out the starters"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "Took the parents mid week for another slice of authentic Southern Indian cuisine. Chicken, lamb and veg dishes were all beautiful. I had the Ganapati Thali which was a delight and a worthy replacement to the Mahatma thali. Service was friendly and efficient. The place smelt great (as always). We sat inside but for outside dining the 'glass box' is back in use. Go for authentic, light, spicy and fragrant Southern Indian. Don't go for a Friday night curry post pub session. "
    dined on 06/05/2014
  • "Ganapati is a gem in London for South Indian food. Our servers were incredibly knowledgeable and were able to pair wine perfectly with our curries, something not easy to do. I recommend this restaurant to anyone, even the most discerning foodie. The effort and ingredients put into these dishes are impeccable. We are so lucky to have this restaurant in Peckham!"
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "As always, a fabulous lunch at Ganapati. We have eaten there many times and it never fails to deliver delicious, fresh and mouthwatering South Indian food. Their newly-opened takeaway a couple of streets away is also fantastic."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Ganapati never disappoints. The food, service and ambiance are always outstanding. My husband and I always come here for special occasions. Definitely worth a visit!"
    dined on 29/04/2014
  • "The food was good but the service is poor(just one waitress) and the toilet (just one unissex) was the worst that I've been in my life because stinks so much. Likely I went there after my meal. I never more go back to that place even if the food eas wow, what was not."
    dined on 27/04/2014
  • "The food was tastier than most Indian restaurants but it's as good as it used to be when all the hype began. The type of food on the menu has remained similar to before so maybe the chefs have changed (this was a Saturday evening meal). They have also increased their prices and add 12.5% service to the bill. The service was still as friendly and swift as it was and the wine was great. Still recommended."
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Good meal with particularly delicious and flaky paratha, a good menu with lots of tempting dishes especially for me as a non-meat eater. Friendly, relaxed vibe and good, helpful and interested staff. "
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "This is one of my favourite places, as the food takes me back to trips to South India, it is a different experience from the usual Indian in this country, with delicate spicing and a differnt offering to the punjabi based restaurants. I would recommend this to anyone in the area."
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "We have been to Ganapati many times and once again it didn't disappoint. We had street snacks and poppodoms to start followed by Kerala fish curry and duck curry (as recommended by the very helpful waitress). All was delicious and I'm glad we spent our anniversary evening there. "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Small and cosy restaurant seating sort of similar to wagamama. Fantastic South Indian food cooked to perfection! A gem in Peckham. Now has a local takeaway outlet for those that cannot book a table."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that is tacked in a residential road which makes it quite special. I went there with my husband on a Saturday evening for dinner and we were very happy with the atmosphere, the service and of course the food. Food was absolutely delicious. The service was very friendly and professional. We couldn't really ask for more, everything was perfect. It was also unpretentious and everything a restaurant should be. We will definitely be back, and will also bring more people in ;)"
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Outstandingly well-presented Indian food, in a cosy and relaxed canteen-style environment. Top, top value for money."
    dined on 02/04/2014
  • "Food excellent, good varied menu. Service shocking, having arrived bang on time didn't see anyone for 30 mins. Then sat with all but one main for 15 mins. Then the desert menu was brought and we were told - having again had to wait a long time to be served - that the table was needed again (we had been there just over an hour and a half!) and that all desserts would be provided in take away containers to be eaten off the premises!! To top it all off they had the cheek to complain when we didn't pay the full 12.5% they had added to the bill for 'service' without asking!! This is the second time I have had bad service here, if you go you will enjoy the food but prepare to be basically a nuisance to the staff..."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Not many Indian restaurants taste half like the food does in India. Ganapati is one of the few that really does. Absolutely delicious Thali with the whole spectrum of flavours that Indian food is known for and should be."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "This is a great curry house, renowned for its individuality. Food lovingly cooked, that sends the taste buds on a luscious treat."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Wonderful from start to finish - staff are lovely, well informed and interested, the restaurant itself is beautifully decorated with a great ambience and the food - amazing! All food beautifully cooked, inventive and accompanied by fantastic pickles/accompaniments. I had a Lamb mini-thali and it was gorgeous. There were 5 of us there for a birthday celebration - perfect night and all enjoyed thoroughly - cannot recommend strongly enough! :-)"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "My partner is a chef so is hard to please but based on many recommendations I took him here for dinner on his birthday. The service was very attentive without being over bearing & the atmosphere was casual but still felt special. However the food was something else, we had a ginger & rum cocktail & a selection of South Indian street food to start.. the best I've ever tasted, the flavours were subtle & hot at the same time & our main dishes of duck & chicken had deep rich flavours & perfect spicing.... We finished by sharing home made yoghurt & ice cream which was to die for.... My only complaint is my own fault for overheating & feeling too full at the end but we just couldn't leave anything on our plates...."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Outstanding as always. Been coming here for 4 years now and it never disappoints. Rustic, elegant, charming & wonderful S.Indian cooking and superb staff. Our very favourite restaurant."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "We had a delicious meal. The table by the window was cold and a little extra heating at the beginning of the evening would have been welcome. The wine was corked but handled well by the staff and not charged for. (Beer better than wine with this food). We live in Northamptonshire but return to Ganapati about twice a year when in South London. Will continue to do so."
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Been to Ganapati several times for dinner which is always excellent, this time I tried their outstanding lunch deal as a treat. Quality was just as good, light authentic and healthy South Indian food, and outstanding value at between £5.50-6.00 for a main during lunch time. Would definitely make this a regular lunch time spot if I still lived in the area."
    dined on 12/03/2014