Respond to Review of CLOSED: Sarashwathy Bavans
Review: This wholly veggie Indian place does home delivery. But beware! The menu looked fantastic and the reviews made it sound great. We ordered £40 worth of food for delivery, requesting vegan substitutions as necessary. First problem was the wait: ONE HOUR AND FIFTY MINUTES! After an hour and a half I phoned to find out where it was. I got a fairly dismissive response from the restaurant and some muttering about traffic. When the driver finally arrived (with our help giving directions) the food was absolutely stone cold. It turned out to be probably the worst curry we've ever had. Seriously. All of the dishes looked like brown sludge, either a thicker or thinner sludge, but with the same weird sauce. The veg jalfrezi had no veg, except potatoes and a few tinned carrots; the channa masala was genuinely the oddest I've ever tasted - a watery brown liquid with three types of lentils (no discernible chickpeas) and some grease floating on the top; the rava onion dosa did at least look like and taste like a dosa but was so cold and soggy it was really unappetising, and it didn't have much filling; the chilli fry mushrooms (a new one on us) was mostly green peppers and onions - ok if that's what it was supposed to be - with a couple of manky mushrooms added; the potato bondas (which we usually adore) had no flavour whatsoever and were even colder than the rest of the food, suggesting they hadn't been fried properly; the bhindi bhaji was ok but again covered in brown sludge; the tarka dhal didn't seem to have been in the presence of garlic and just tasted incredibly salty; the samber had a really strange greasy flavour and nothing else. To add insult even the popadoms were stale (one bag)and the other one just soft (due to the popadoms being in the bag so long). The assortment of chutneys tasted okish, except a couple were unidentifiable and really nasty, but the portions were tiny for two. The boiled rice was fine!! We love curry and eat it loads in our favourite veggie curry haunts around London (Drummond Street, Chapel Market, Sagar and Rasa)and we expected Sarashwathy Bavans to be in the same league. Not on your nelly. We accept the vegan thing can be a bit challenging to meat restaurants but this place is 100% vegetarian so what's their excuse. The food was simply utter, inedible crap and not worth 40 pence never mind £40. I phoned to complain and ask for my money back but I am still waiting for the manager to call back.