Clarissa Lui | September 08, 2017
Having started from humble beginnings, back in the ‘50s, the Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant Chain has made its way to Hong Kong from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, with sibling branches in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, California, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, London and Paris. The ambitious chain is further seeking to expand their remarkable brand to Sydney, Doha and Canada. At 12 years of age, Mr Pothi was sent out to work and found solace in hotels. After building up his own knowledge, he decided to start his own restaurant business. From there, the story writes itself.
Located on Mody Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, in the Wing On Plaza, right next to MTR exit P1, the Hong Kong branch of Sangeetha is ever so convenient to find. Right next to the Shangri La Hotel, and in front of the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, Sangeetha finds itself in one of Hong Kong’s hot spots. No wonder it is always packed with guests during lunch hours.
Sangeetha’s original dishes grew out of the traditional Udupi and Chettinad style of cooking, showing their roots to authentic Indian cuisine and meals. Moreover, Sangeetha also offers dishes that have been influenced by Mughal/Chinese styles of cooking. Although the restaurant has upheld its motto, “Simple, Sustainable, South Indian,” the chain now boasts a list of dishes from both the North and South of India that will make your mouth water, as well as platters of desserts and baked goods to satisfy you for days.
The restaurant’s interior invites you into a spacious and well-lit space that is perfect for dining with families and friends. The natural lighting of the restaurant floods in from the floor to ceiling windows, looking out in the direction of the Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour. Sangeetha has a display case by their counter that serves to display Mithais (Indian sweets), the only place in Hong Kong to do so!
The menu offers an impressive array of choices for whether you’re starving for a meal, or simply looking for a few nibbles. At first, you may be slightly overwhelmed by all the choices, but the ever helpful staff will always be more than happy to provide their expertise and guide you towards the decision best suited for your mood.
To start the meal off, we ordered a few drinks to enjoy as we browsed the menu. Of course, we had the ever-popular Mango Lassi– a delectable mixture of yogurt and mangoes that had our mouths watering. We also had a taste of the Rose Milk, cold Chennai Filter Coffee, as well as the Special Buttermilk. As the refreshing blend of spices from the buttermilk kicked in, we decided on a feast that would satisfy our hunger.
The highlight of the meal was, without a doubt, the Paper Masala Dosa. We were in awe as the huge treat made its way to our table. The dosa was made to perfection– crispy to touch, but never leaving us with greasy fingertips. We could hardly wait to tear into the dosa; dunking the pieces into sambar, curd, poori masala, and coriander raitha.
Another favourite of the meal was the Medu Vada. These little doughnuts were an absolute delight with all the condiments. They were a perfect balance of a crunchy exterior and a fluffy interior, which goes on to reflect the care and precision put into the preparation of food at Sangeetha.
Next we had a North Indian Thali and a South Indian Thali, both equally impressive. These two platters have everything you’ll ever need: from fragrant servings of Basmati rice, chappathi, roti, dal, poriyal, kootu, to vegetable gravy– you name it, they have it. All of the dishes tasted authentic, fully capturing the essence of Indian cuisine.
Besides tasting the more traditional dishes on offer, we also picked out something uniquely Indo-Chinese. We had the Paneer Manchurian, which looked very similar to the sweet and sour pork often available at Chinese restaurants. Each piece of paneer was coated evenly with batter, tossed with a tangy sauce that only made it all the more scrumptious.
To conclude the meal, we had a serving of Kulfi, also known as Indian ice cream. The frozen dessert brought on an explosion of saffron flavour, and was utterly creamy, providing the perfect sweet ending to a hearty meal.
Overall, Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant brings to the plate authentic Indian cuisine made with sincerity. We highly recommend paying a visit to Sangeetha when you’re craving for a little piece of India in Hong Kong.
Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant is open from 8:30am to 2:45pm for lunch, 6pm to 10:15pm for dinner on weekdays; and 8:30am to 10:15 pm on weekends.
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