Saravana Bhavan - Bangsar

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 6 Reviews
Vegetarian Indian Restaurant. Features South Indian cuisine. South indian snacks including dosas, idlis, upma available. Part of a international franchise. No egg used. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Indian, Fast food


First Review by simdel

high standard of Indian breakfast food

4 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2013

Very clean restaurant, courteous staff, delicious food. Can offer dosa at anytime of day!

Pros: clean, lovely staff, delicious

Good South Indian food

4 Posted on 05 / 06 / 2013

This is quite a busy restaurant, with fast (and VERY attentive!) service. They refill your daal very quickly! We ordered some of their North Indian curries (very fresh vegetables and excellent flavours), uttapum, dosa etc. Good Indian food. Very good daal which comes with most dishes. This is our South Indian family friends' favourite in KL.

Pros: Great dosa/daal
Cons: Busy, V fast

Great food, but...

2 Posted on 04 / 06 / 2013

I've eaten here numerous times, and love the food, never had problems with the service, but stopped eating here after discovering that the owner [edit by staff- see ToS].

Pros: Delicious food., Great service

South Indian Snacks

3 Posted on 01 / 12 / 2012

I had been to this restaurant once during my recent vist to KL, south indian snacks including dosas, idlis, upma etc available.

Best Indian food in KL

5 Posted on 08 / 05 / 2011

We've been here several times and most times, the experience is great. It is true that the service can sometimes get on your nerves - for us it was more the hard sell - trying to get us to order more than what we want. Just tell them no and they get the point though.

The restaurant is very clean, well maintained and spacious with plenty of natural light - an Indian cafeteria type vibe, if such thing does exist!?

During our most recent visit we were the only people in there, but it was a weekday and not lunch time. We've been there when they were quite busy, so don't be fooled - they certainly do have a loyal fan base.

The reason we keep coming back here is the food. It's simply wonderful! Certainly the best Indian in KL and the standard in KL is not too bad. Yesterday we stopped in for a dosa and a thali. The dosa was impeccable - you can taste the fermentation in the crepe and it's so thin and crispy, cooked to perfection. The accompanying sauces are all out of this world - well above what we've tried elsewhere in both freshness and flavour. The thali was pretty well perfect too. The sambar and rassam were delish, as were pretty much all the other samplings. We don't eat of lot of dairy but decided to eat the yogurt dish included - and wow, it was soooo nice - sour, creamy and fermented to perfection. If you're going to splurge on dairy, this is the place to do it - it's almost certainly home made and full of all the right kinds of bacteria.

I think the quality here may vary a little bit according to when you go. We've had thalis here previously that were only just slightly above average. The most recent one was perfect in every way, so there may be a bit of luck involved. Either way though it's never bad so there's not much to lose.

They also have a good selection of Indian sweets. We picked up a few for our next flight - as with all Indian sweets though, they are VERY sweet and made of ghee and sometimes milk, so not exactly healthy. Ok occasionally and in small doses, depending on where you sit on the whole dairy debate.

I want to give them 4.5 cows but can't so will give them 5 to counteract the 2 cows given by a previous reviewer, which is definitely not appropriate. People rave about Sangeetha in KL - that place does not begin to compare with SB.

Pros: fresh tasty indian food, clean and spacious, great selection
Cons: service can be pushy, quality can vary a bit


Okay, but not so relaxing

2 Posted on 08 / 30 / 2008

I have enjoyed Saravan Bhavan many times, but that was the Janpath branch in Delhi, which was always very busy, cheap and really yummy. The Bangsar branch is obviously similar in style but there are a number of differences. I ordered a thali and a friend ordeed a tiffin and we found the food to be less plentiful and tasty than the Delhi branch but still enjoyable. We were the only people in the restaurant at the time and the staff were far too efficient. Two of them were almost standing next to our table and watching us take every bite of food with no less than four interruptions(more rice sir?, a serviette sir?, is it good sir? where are you from sir?) during the meal. I really didn't like this at all and we felt we couldn't enjoy a natural conversation or properly enjoy the food. It was like 'get me out of here'.
At the end of the meal the waiters swiftly brought our bill and made a point of telling us that 'service is NOT included, sir.' They watched everything closely to check that we were leaving a tip that they considered they had deserved.
I won't return to this branch again and certainly not to an empty Saravan Bhavan. Shame, because it could be as good as the Janpath branch.

Pros: tasty food, aircon
Cons: staff demanding tips, staff!


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