Indian and South Asian
156 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AT
Tucked in amongst the host of retro shops on Fore Street in Exeter's quirky West Quarter you will find Ganges. With its fabulously grand yet thoroughly modern interior, finding this eatery is a bit of an unexpected gem because it is such a departure from the traditional curry house. Having undergone a complete makeover in November 2009, it is clear from the outset that something very special is on offer here. Crisp white linen cloths create clean lines on tables set with beautiful glasses, while the walls are adorned with coloured, bubble-shaped panels that draw the eye down the entire length of this 110-capacity room. But this is not a case of style over substance. Having been established in 1970, Ganges is now Exeter's longest standing Indian restaurant. The venue has been developed to cater for the 21st-Century customer, and absolutely delivers on every level. Despite the vibrant and modern feel of the restaurant interior, the menu represents the diversity of India's traditional regional dishes. Consequently it reads like an exciting and lively journey through the Subcontinent. To start we opted for a deliciously spicy squid chilli fry and the more familiar, but equally moreish, onion bhajee. We next ordered the palak murg - a chicken dish served with a spinach and cream purée - as well as the nalli gosht, lamb shank in an aromatic gravy laced with specially selected spices. Whatever your taste or spice threshold, there is something for you here. An extensive and international wine list accompanies the exceptional menu, and a great range of spirits, soft drinks, cider and beer (including a local Dart Valley variety) is available too. The overall attention to every detail, from the very friendly and knowledgeable service and the mouth-watering Indian food, right down to the design of the menus, makes this dining experience a thoroughly enjoyable one. I will definitely be back.