June 03, 2015

Ginger Indian Cuisine in Richmond

The last time my daughters took me for lunch, we went to the Smokehouse Sandwich Co. which turned out to be a great experience. For sandwiches.

This time, it was to Ginger Indian Cuisine, found in an odd location near No. 4 Road and Bridgeport in Richmond. Ginger is located in a strip mall that also includes a barbecue dealer and a private liquor store and if you judge a book by its cover, this place might not appeal. That would be a mistake.

Ginger is simple and unassuming. Its menu is simple yet ample. Service is friendly, helpful and attentive. There are the usual Indian dishes with fish, chicken, lamb and a bunch of vegetarian items too. Servings are generous, and everything tastes fresh and homemade. I am reminded of the legendary Kits' restaurant called Surat Sweet which featured the best in vegetarian Indian cuisine with an East Africa - Gujarat flair.

Appetisers, especially the papadi, reminiscent of a crunchy bhel, are wonderful. The chai is nicely done indeed in a traditional manner. Chai needs to be brewed slowly, almost to the point of boiling over; if it comes to your table quickly, it probably isn't as good as the chai served here at Ginger. I assume the lassi drinks will be first rate too.

My two daughters are regulars at Ginger, as are many of their lunch time customers. It isn't a big restaurant by any means so take-away appears to be a big part of their business.

Fresh ingredients prepared with care and attention to detail makes for a wonderful experience. You need to know where you are going in order to find Ginger, and it is well worth it!

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2015 by Jim Murray.

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