Sangeetha is hidden in a mall in TST but it’s worth the (slight) schlep to get there for some of the best value and most authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine in town. It’s actually 15 seconds walk from Exit P1 of East TST MTR. You don’t go for the decor, the booze (it’s strictly alcohol-free), the volume or the bright lights. You do go, however, for the excellent thalis, curries and dhosas.
Sangeetha is part of a global chain so theirs is a tried-and-trusted formula and menu. Amidst a litany of utter bullshit on restaurant websites, their home page gives you exactly what you need to know, along with the charming and perfect copy:
“We serve fresh, simple, sustainable Indian Vegetarian cuisine.”
There’s a lot of guff elsewhere on there, but you forgive them as their original statement tells you all you need to know. Let’s be frank that curries rarely photograph well, particularly so under lights which would make a dentist don shades, but here you go. I love pav bhaji, a Bombay (never Mumbai) staple of veg (often tomato) curry served with soft rolls. A brilliant combo, enough for a meal in itself, especially at $65.
Dhosas are another joy to behold and Sangeetha do the best I’ve had in Hong Kong, the fermented batter pancake crisp enough to scoop and bend and flex around the masala, cumin and mustard seed-dotted spuds alongside.
Palak paneer brings India’s favourite cheese in a thick green, gooey paste made from puréed spinach and seasoned with garlic and garam masala. Good chappathisare all you need alongside.
Dhal Mahkani was also a good example, but made for possibly the least appetising food photo of all time, so I’ll spare you. The damage, for four people, a frankly ridiculous $760, with enough food to take home for a curry-based breakfast the next day. You know you’ve been there.