Review: Saravana Bhavan - Wembley, London
Saravana Bhavan, Wembley -- one of the newest branch of the chain -- has a good, clean atmosphere. The décor is simple with bits of traditional props thrown in.
Food: The menu list is long but the place is known for its dosas, sambar-chutney, idlis, medhu vadas, upmas, samosas and pongal and filter coffee. So you’d be better off to stick to the South Indian options rather than the North Indian ones.
It is Saravana Bhavan. If you have tasted its food back in India, you will see no remarkable difference in taste and style.
It is tasty, authentic South Indian food served in a traditional style. If you fancy traditional sweets such as South Indian jalebis, you can pack some for home at the counter.
The kitchen is open plan and right at the back so you can see your food as it is prepared.
If you are nostalgic about traditional south Indian food, Saravana Bhavan is the place to go.
Service: The staff members are very friendly and assist you with tips and honest recommendations. They don’t even expect a tip! The service is quick and food is generally piping hot and tastes fresh. But the tables are a tad small and the place is noisy and crowded.
Prices: Reasonable, affordable. You can eat to your heart’s content for £12 to £15. A generous meal for two wouldn’t cost a lot more than £25.
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The upside: Great South Indian food at affordable prices. The authentic taste of dosas, idlis, vada-sambar, chutney and upma served in authentic South Indian style will transport you straight to the foodie streets of Chennai. Clean. Friendly and cheerful staff. If typlical South Indian food for a reasonable price is your idea of a meal out, then Saravana Bhavan is perfect for you. The thalis are worth a try too.
The downside: It is almost always crowded during peak hours. You’ll have to queue up for about ten minutes. If a quiet meal is what you have in mind, then it almost certainly will be a disappointment. The menu lists street chaat food, but it may still be a “coming soon” feature. You have to actually ask for a spoon! Vegetarian food only (Although for some, this may be the upside). Last order 10pm.
India News Bulletin tip: Don’t forget to try the filter coffee served in a stainless steel glass. That’s how real coffee tastes!
Saravana Bhavan's other branches: East Ham, Ilford, Harrow, Tooting, Leiscester, and Southall.
Also read: Review of Kailash Parbat in Wembley
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