Travel over to East TST and you’ll discover an authentic gem of an Indian restaurant, hidden in the most unlikely of malls. It sits beside, in almost ironic parallel, the famed Woodlands chain that has serviced Hong Kong’s vegetarian Indian appetite for 10 years now. With said appetite only growing, the new Chennai-birthed chain is a welcome addition.
Serving piping hot curries, crisp paper dosa and myriad Indian street foods, Sangeethas has hit the nail on the head when it comes to flavoursome, filling dishes. The whole menu is meat-free, gravitating towards more East-Indian favourites like idly, masala dosa and vadas.
We would recommend every dish we tried, from the idly and chutney, deeply savoury paper dosa and bhaji, velvety spinach and mushroom curry to the samosas that became our new favourite in Hong Kong. Highly recommended is the tikka paneer, a cottage cheese smothered in mild masala and then chargrilled. It is a the heaven-sent answer to indulgent protein for non-meat eaters.
Even the desserts, from which we would normally keep a disciplined distance from due to the mass amounts of sugar, were scrumptious. The equivalent of the ‘pastry chef’ arrives everyday at 4am to make them fresh. The halva and barfi are particularly worthy of mention from the varied array of choices.
At all times Sangeetha is warm and welcoming, with no fuss-décor and staff who are passionate in addition to being knowlegable. In a couple of dishes we thought there was a little too much salt and ginger going on, but for the most part seasonings play their part well and the overwhelming richness Indian food is largely known for is omitted. Try the falooda if you can handle one month’s worth of sugar intake in a single sitting.
UG 1-5 & 31, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui; 2640 2123