Part of an international South Indian vegetarian restaurant group. It's located near the Gare de Nord station in Paris, since 2010. Seats 80. Try the crispy masala dosa. Gets Saturday night, with much of the menu unavailable after 9pm. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Indian
170 Rue Du Faubourg, Saint Denis
Paris, France 75010
0667281313, 0140050101
Now Open

Mon-Sun 10:30am-11:00pm

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Reviews

First Review by Nicolas
vegan_909
vegan_909
  • vegan
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+16

Some of the best Indian food I've ever had.

5
Posted on 05 / 05 / 2015

Amazing surprise. Started out as one of those "whatever, at least it's vegetarian / vegan" type of choices and turned into "I NEED MORE OF THIS IN MY MOUTH NOW". Coming from Berlin good Indian food is very rare in my life, but I highly doubt that this place is sub-standard. If it is - it's still pretty amazing and tasty!


cybergabi
cybergabi
  • vegan
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+55

vegans beware of "tofu - it's not

3
Posted on 03 / 23 / 2015

The place has a lot of vegan options, but make sure not to pick anything that has "tofu" in the description of you don't eat dairy: it's ordinary paneer made from cow milk, not tofu made from soy beans. I told the waiter that they should correct that. Otherwise, good authentic Indian food.


bradderslondon
bradderslondon
  • vegan
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+18

no vegan food

2
Posted on 03 / 05 / 2015

Unfortunately this vegetarian restaurant advised us that there were no vegan options or items that could be made vegan for us.



Oliv211_Fr
Oliv211_Fr
  • vegan
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+66

Dépaysement culinaire garanti !

4
Posted on 12 / 27 / 2014

Véritable restaurant indien, situé à deux pas de la Gare du Nord, les plats proposés sont variés et de qualité. Le service est rapide et la déco/mobilier/vaisselle sont ok.
Malgré qq difficultés à se faire comprendre du personnel, qui parle avec un fort accent, un très bon moment, j'y retournerai avec plaisir :)

Pros: Service rapide, Véritable restaurant indien
Cons: Difficulté à se faire comprendre
StutiShah
StutiShah
  • vegetarian
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+13

Average Food. Poor Service

2
Posted on 09 / 17 / 2014

The location was good and easy to reach. Food was average to bad. The dosas and chole were average and bhatura was good.
But the service was really poor. I needed some special required food and the waiter walked away without listening to me or waiting for me to finish the sentence.
I've been to other saravana bhavan restaurants in Malaysia and the service was really good.
Price is moderate

Pros: Location, Price
Cons: Poor Service
Kittybiscuit
Kittybiscuit
  • vegetarian
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+129

Spicy Indian food in France

5
Posted on 12 / 24 / 2013

Usually I'm disappointed by the Indian food in France because it often seems to be less spicy than usual Indian food. This is a chain that I've visited in several other countries which is always good. Having been in Bordeaux for a few days, and having had problems finding veg food, I was very hungry! Over the several times I visited, I took a South Indian meal, dosa and wada. All were very tasty and spicy! It is good value too. The service was efficient and it was always quite busy.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday December 24, 2013

Pros: price, spicy
JonJon
JonJon
  • vegan
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+4306

Typical Indian food in Paris

4
Posted on 12 / 16 / 2013

Food is exactly like the one in India, which is quite rare in our western country. The menu is very large and offers vegan choices if you know them (see below for help). Food is really good but the restaurant is often full (and noisy if so), like in India. It is well located, near Gare du Nord. Because it is sometimes difficult to make you understand by the servers in French, and if you are vegan, here is a list of traditionnal vegan dishes in India (that should be vegan also in this restaurant):

Dosa
Idli
Medu vada
Aloo
Gobi
Batata
Vada
Upma
Poha
Chapati
Roti
Paratha
Poori
Samosa

To be sure you will have no dairy products in what you're ordering, ask to confirm there are no:

Curd/Dahi (yoghourt)
Doodh (milk)
Makkan (butter)
Ghee (clarified butter)
Paneer (cheese)
Malai (cream)
Raita (yoghourt sauce)
Lassi (drink with yoghourt).

Pros: typical indian food, many choices, affordable
Cons: sometimes crowded, beware if you're vegan
SimonSansMS
SimonSansMS
  • vegetarian
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+17

Bollygood.

5
Posted on 08 / 26 / 2013

Une carte gigantesque pour des plats tous aussi bons (et copieux) les uns que les autres.


SG213
SG213
  • vegetarian
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+178

Pretty good Indian food

4
Posted on 08 / 25 / 2013

We arrived at this place on a very busy night when it was almost full, nonetheless the waiter found a table for us.

We ordered a Masala dosa, some rice and curry plates and a dessert from the extensive menu. The dosa was great and good value compared to the curry options, which seemed a little underwhelming for €10 per small-ish dish. The Biryani rice was good.

Service was a bit chaotic although may be understandable given the popularity of the place. There was some mis-understanding when trying to order in English, but eventually got it worked out.

Would have liked to have had a few more options on the dessert menu.

Pros: Lots of menu options for vegetarians, Reasonably authentic tasting, Dosas are great
Cons: Service a bit chaotic, Curry dishes a little over-priced
libellule
libellule
  • vegan
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+24

vegan???

2
Posted on 08 / 23 / 2013

I am amazed that there is so much appreciation. The waiter didn't get the message when I asked for vegan - en francais "vegetalienne" and I ended up with a plate of about 8 different little pots of sauces including 3 with dairy things! Paid 15 euros. I do not recommend this place.

Pros: fast service i.e. everything is prepared
Cons: no vegan dish
kenneme
kenneme
  • vegetarian
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+13

Fantastic Indian Restaurant - top pick!

5
Posted on 09 / 12 / 2012

A delicious and reasonably priced South Indian restaurant right near the Gare du Nord. Hands down, the best Indian restaurant (meat or veggie) I've eaten at in Paris. While most Indian restaurants in France serve a range of bland dishes, with different ingredients but the same mushy consistency and blah curry flavors, Saravana Bhavan prepares fresh vegetables and spices into flavorful dishes that delight the senses. The result? Real vegetarian meals (not just meat dishes without the meat!) which are so yummy they'll also satisfy meat eaters! Spicy dishes are actually spicy (so watch out if you're sensitive to hot foods!). To top it off the meals are very reasonably priced. The place has a kind of school cafeteria feel to it, with metal cups and divided tray plates. Staff was efficient, though not particularly friendly. Dossa is a top favourite, and great value for money.

Pros: Delicious, Convenient location, Lots of choices
Cons: Might upset sensitive stomachs
featherives
featherives
  • vegan
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+64

Good Indian

3
Posted on 09 / 09 / 2012

I had just arrived at Gare de Nord and knew I was near little India. I was craving Indian so I went to this restaurant. Service was great. The place was full at 10 at night. The food was good. It was not the best aloo gobi I've ever had. It was a bit expensive, but I understand that's how it is with vegetarian and vegan restaurants especially cuisine from a different country. With so many Indian restaurants try many, but if you want to go to a strictly vegetarian one, this is your place.

Pros: service, open late
Cons: expensive, good not great Indian
Lanky
Lanky
  • vegan
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+78

authentic Indian in Paris

5
Posted on 07 / 22 / 2012

I ate at a Saravana Bhavan in Malaysia. This was the same, menu almost identical. Great Southern Indian fare, especially the dosa.
Most of the customers were Indian, which is usually a good sign.

Pros: great food, authentic, location
AdamAAAA
AdamAAAA
  • vegetarian
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+15

Tasty, healthy food at a reasonable price

4
Posted on 07 / 15 / 2012

Very close to Gare du Nord. Friendly, efficient service, extensive menu. Mixed vegetable curry with plain rice 12 euros - cheaper lunch options available. Recommended.


vegan frog
vegan frog
  • vegan
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+700

Not vegan friendly at all!

2
Posted on 07 / 07 / 2012

This restaurant may be vegetarian but they have no interest to educate themselves about veganism. We asked 3 different waiters what we could eat from the menu and got 3 complete different answers. We would have given up if we had not been with other people. We ended up ordering a vegetable biryani which was ok, but I would not recommend this restaurant if you are strict vegans like us.


Cons: not vegan friendly, tables too close to each other
meghnaj
meghnaj
  • vegetarian
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+36

excellent food

5
Posted on 04 / 15 / 2012

good option for vegetarians
nice dosa, sambhar.
not very cheap

Pros: nice food, central location, quick service
Cons: little expensive
ol
ol
  • vegetarian
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+16

Excellent

5
Posted on 09 / 06 / 2011

Perfect. Exactly the same food as in Saravana Bhavan in Chenai!! The best indian restaurant in paris ever.


hippublican
hippublican
  • vegan
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+201

Mmmm, wonderful!

4
Posted on 04 / 23 / 2011

First things first, this restaurant is a good choice if you don't speak French. An English menu is available and several of the waitstaff, to varying degrees of ability, speak English as well. They're very friendly and not at all impatient.
The food here was wonderful and came out quickly. Perfectly spiced, totally rich, and reasonably priced. The rice doesn't come with your meal, you have to order it on the side (seems to be normal in Europe).
The restaurant's decor is lovely and lux, but be warned that you may be sitting very very close to other people.
Very convenient to Gare du Nord station.

Pros: good prices, great taste, friendly staff
Mistress of Spices
Mistress of Spices
  • vegetarian
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+13

Saravana Bhavan...finally in Paris!

5
Posted on 02 / 24 / 2011

Check out my review of the Paris output of the legendary chain of Indian vegetarian restaurants:
http://www.mistress-of-spices.com/2011/02/saravana-bhavana-taste-of-home-in-paris.html


Nicolas
Nicolas
  • vegetarian
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+48

Delicieux !

4
Posted on 02 / 22 / 2011

First visited when it opened, pretty disappointed. After reading many enthusiastic reviews over the last months, I gave it a second chance and it was very good. I was warmly welcomed and had finely cooked fresh Indian vegetarian food, Southern style. It is conveniently located aside from Gare du Nord train station.

Pros: Delicious, Spicy, Well cooked
Cons: Unvegan

 

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