It’s been sometime since I had a Saturday night curry and even longer since I had a beer that I actually felt matched the meal. Minutes from Peckham Rye station you’ll find Ganapati specialising in South Indian. It’s not the standard Bangladeshi or Pakistani that I grew up eating as a kid. Yes, I know that’s because it’s actually Indian. With South Indian I always think of vegetarian dosa’s and fish dishes but Ganapati has a menu to suit veggies and carnivores alike.
The knowledgeable staff are always able to provide a helping hand. Our choice usually begins with street food starters of Mysore Bonda (spicy potato balls) and Parippu Vadai (spiced patties of chana dal) followed by a Banana Leaf Thali (assorted selection of curries, dhals). We opt for the normal starters but are drawn to the Tuna Kodampuli Curry. There’s something about seeing the word Hot that draws me in and it meets with both Lou and the waitresses seal of approval. The large tuna cuts, smokey tamarind flavour and a pleasant amount of heat is a winner.
The meal is made all the better by the choice of the Meantime India Pale Ale. I expect that a bigger smack of hops would detract from the food but this was well balanced and a real compliment to the smokey heat of the dish. At 750ml, corked and wired in a champagne style bottle it’s a very good alternative to a bottle of wine and as it’s my shout cheaper than Champagne and a lot more impressive than a couple of bottles of Cobra and some tap water. Who said romance was dead?
Ganapati, 38 Holly Grove, Peckham Rye, SE15 5DF