From start to finish, always a perfect meal in the Punjabi style. Family owned and operated Gangadin has been camped in the same side-street location in a non-descript store front since 1984. Weíve been dining there almost from the start.
Indian food is among my favorites. I love cooking it at home. The aromas linger through the night and I can walk out of the bedroom in the morning to the fragrant reminders of the previous nightís culinary pleasure. Everything from quick and dirty chicken, lamb or sea food curries to complicated shrimp in dark sauce has found a place on my cook top.
So, if I cook Indian at home with some frequency, why go out? Because Gangadin does things I canít do at home. I donít use MSG, preservatives, animal fat, butter, ghee or sugar in my Indian cooking and neither do they. But I donít have a tandoor oven; I canít turn out the stuffed breads they offer; I canít do samosas at home. You get the idea.
Gangadin offers a solid and diverse menu with a strong array of appetizers, breads, soups, rice dishes, lamb, chicken and sea food options and side dishes.
We always start with an assortment of appetizers that includes at least two different types of samosas. Got to have bread? My favorite is Aloo Parantha, stuffed with mildly spiced potatoes and peas and cooked in the tandoor. We always tell ourselves one order is enough to share. It would be if it werenít so good. Then we go back for a second one. Thereís also Spinach Parantha and Gobhi Parantha stuffed with cauliflower.
Want a rice dish? Canít beat the vegetable biryani and canít stop eating it. As much as Iím committed to variety, I canít help but order the chicken tikka every time Iím there Ė the tandoori special with onions, not the Massala. I want to save the sauces for the vindaloo Ė usually lamb Ė or the rogan josh, another lamb treat. Lamb korma is a wonderful option. With all these choices, and the chicken tikka being a must, we usually donít get around to any of the sea food options. But weíve tried them and they are outstanding.
If you can go with a party of four, instead of two, do it. Youíll be able to sample a variety of dishes without over-eating.
Gangadin is close enough to some of the studios to find cast and crew there for lunch or dinner with some regularity. But thatís not the reason go there. Itís the food. Healthy, flavorful and commanding. Iíll continue to cook Indian meals at home. But that wonít keep me from regular visits to Gangadin.