Smart, modern and authentic: Ganges Lounge is not your average Indian restaurant.
The Fenny Stratford based eatery has recently undergone a modern refurbishment to match the 21st Century outlook of its staff and owners.
While its ethos may be based around traditional Indian cooking, Ganges Lounge is no run of the mill curry house. Customers are encouraged to ask for dishes to be cooked to their individual palates, whether that be hotter or more mild.
The restaurant is compact, but comfortable and good customer service is part of its mantra. Diners are encouraged to comment on the food and surroundings with feedback used to improve service next time round and ‘create life long relationships’ with customers.
Ganges Lounge serves up excellent food, with decent portions that will fill you without swamping your plate in the excess of grub that some Indian and Chinese restaurants become obsessed with.
My partner and I enjoyed Onion Bhajis (£2.25) and King Prawn Puree (£4.50) for our starters. Freshly cooked and spiced both dishes left us eager to sample the main fare.
My guest went for her personal favourite, the Chicken Rogan Josh (£4.95), which she tucked away with aplomb – dubbing it one of the best she has tasted.
I put the restaurant to the test by asking them to surprise me with a speciality. A couple of questions later – mild or spicy, meat or fish? – and they had me sussed.
Such was my excitement at this new found choice that I didn’t even get the name of the dish. Suffice to say, it matched my expectations perfectly.
Add the usual Naan breads, rice and side orders and Ganges Lounge is more than capable of tantalising your taste buds.
Owned by a co-operative of partners, the restaurant is keen to build up a loyal customer base and staff were keen to impress how grateful they were to those customers who had made their stay in Fenny Stratford a success so far.
With this desire to impress at the forefront I can only think that the Ganges Lounge will go from strength to strength.