Whenever we are in the mood for a feast, my husband and I head to our neighborhood Indian restaurant, Ganghizi. Situated on the quai de Valmy facing Canal Saint Martin, the restaurant is oddly equipped with a sliding glass door for its main entrance.
The interior is simple: about 6 tables, some traditional Indian woodwork hung on the walls, and a framed image of Gandhi. The sole greeter and waiter, a kind Indian man, takes his station behind the counter to oversee the room whenever he is not serving customers.
We always, always order the menu at only 14 euros and 50 centimes for dinner. This includes three courses and a bottle of water or fruit juice. We also order a carafe of the house wine which is a steal at 5 euros and 50 centimes for 50 cl.
For the entrée (appetizer) I recommend the pakora aubergine which is fried eggplant, or the samoussa viande, a savory puff pastry filled with beef. All appetizers come with your choice of plain or cheese naan fresh from the oven. For the main dish, the selection includes a curry, kourma or vindaloo sauce with beef, shrimp, fish or chicken and basmati rice. The shrimp curry is my favorite, while my husband prefers the chicken vindaloo.
Finally, for dessert, the mango sorbet or chocolate ice cream are both delicious. You can also try gulab jamun, a traditional Indian sweet made of fried dough soaked in sweet syrup and flavored with rose water. It closely resembles an American donut hole.
After this three course Indian feast with wine costing under 35 euros for 2 people, your stomach and your wallet are sure to be equally content.
159 quai de Valmy
Metro: Chateau Landon or Louis Blanc
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