I feel as if I am having an affair with another restaurant on the side. We are regular patrons of Koh-i-Noor but a few weeks ago we were on the other side of town from there, having parked in the new long stay parking at the Hilton near Central Station(10 euros if you park for 5 hours or more - bonus!) and didn't want to walk a long way in the rain. We were looking for comics for my youngest son at Henk's Comic Store on the Geldersekade and on the way there we passed Ganesha, which looked very inviting, so we went back.
We were very early, being seated at 6 pm, and had our usual favourites - a mixed grill to start, chicken tikka masala for my partner, naans, a mango lassi, lamb chops tandoori etc. The chef here has a light touch and the individual spices are quite distinct, whereas the Koh-i-Noor has more strident flavours, which is probably to do with the regional cuisine of each. My partner declared his tikka masala to be the best he had ever eaten, and the mixed grill was excellent, we wished we had ordered two! However, I have remained loyal to my tandoori lamb chops from Koh-i-Noor, which I feel are more tender and tasty.
The side dishes from Ganesha were exceptional, the portion sizes perfect, the price was reasonable and the ambiance here was very nice. The only niggle I had was that when I asked for chai it was just black masala tea, not the chai I am accustomed to - masala tea with condensed milk, but again, perhaps regional differences. The service was good, wonderful in fact, when you consider that only two people were responsible for serving the entire restaurant which was very full by the time we left.
The lavatories were also ok, but down a steep flight of steps, so something to bear in mind if you take someone with you who cannot navigate stairs.
Notable too, is that as the evening started to get underway, the restaurant filled up very quickly with Indian families so it is clearly authentic cuisine.