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The Ganga Cafe, Petaling Jaya

June 12, 2019


Nearly six years after wife-and-husband team Meeta and Prabodh Sheth took over The Ganga Cafe in Bangsar, turning it into the neighbourhood's hub for hearty, soulful South Asian vegetarian fare, there's now a second Ganga in town, bringing the brand's beloved chapatis and chaats, briyani and baingan ka bharta, parathas and paneer pakora to Petaling Jaya's Sea Park.

The PJ outpost's repertoire replicates what made Ganga great in the first place in Bangsar, channeling a home kitchen's wholesome warmth, extensive enough to ensure meat isn't missed, that flavours remain resonant even without eggs and MSG. The gang's all here at Ganga Sea Park - butter naan to bindi masala, pav bhaji to pani poori, kulfi to kesari. Ganga Bangsar's Sunday buffet brunch is not yet available, but it seems inevitable.

For PJ-ites, the ideal introduction to Ganga might be the single-platter meals - a standard thali of brown rice surrounded by three freshly cooked vegetable sides, two dhals, rasam, papadam, salad and dried chilli makes for a vibrantly nourishing lunch that's filling without flinging you into a food coma (RM11), while the chana bhatura is fried bread at its fluffiest, a puffed-up pleasure with potently spiced white chickpeas (RM12), served with the enthusiastic dedication that's another Ganga hallmark.

The Ganga Cafe

24, Jalan 21/19, Sea Park, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 10am-10pm.


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