Sagar - Covent Garden

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31 Catherine St, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2B 5JS

This vegetarian South Indian restaurant offers a vegan menu. Serves nut-free, wheat-free and onion & garlic-free dishes. Try the early dining offer of around £6-7 for papadam and pickle, raitha, 2 curries, rice, bread and dessert. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Indian, Beer/Wine

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First Review by IanEiloart

spicy goodness - Edit

I had a mouth watering utthapam here with potatoes and onions. It was an authentic South Indian dish.

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Convenient location - Edit

Many times while ob vacation I have to walk extra far to find good vegan food but Sagar was right by Covent Garden. The restaurant was busy and made for a slighty hectic eating situation but the food was delicious and left me with a warm spicy feeling. They have a separate vegan menu and have had since 2001. The staff was very friendly and attentive even though they had many customers.

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Great location, good food - Edit

Good south Indian food in a central location.
Ask for the vegan menu - lots of choice.  Great masala dosas. We also always pick the lemon rice (which comes with a small portion of dhal if you have the vegan option) and a curry.
Prices have gone up a little in recent years (but where haven't they), still good value given that they are in Covent Garden. Really handy for a pre-theatre meal or quick meal after work. Service is efficient.

Pros: Masala dosas, Central location, Efficient service

Cons: The only vegan dessert is sorbet

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decent - Edit

I enjoyed the meal here. Dosa was enormous. It was a good meal, but not the best dosa I've ever had.

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one of my fav london restaurants - Edit

huge portions, well worth the money. vegan options marked clearly and everything is suitable for vegetarians. there are even vegan desserts and wines :-)

Pros: great value, huge portions

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Variety of options but food only average - Edit

We love Indian food but were a little disappointed here. There was a good variety of options, and the staff were friendly but the food itself was only average. Won't be rushing back but wouldn't avoid either.

Pros: Variety of food

Cons: Average food

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Mediocre, over-priced - Edit

Nice to have a full vege south indian restaurant, however have to admit the portion sizes was on the disappointing end. Food was mediocre, hit miss with some of the choices. Not worth the price in my opinion. Atmosphere was ok. Diverse menu.

Pros: Atmosphere, Good range of choices on menu

Cons: Price, Portion sizes

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Disappointed by the service; food ok - Edit

To summarise, the food was good, tasty, but not particularly memorable. It wasn't interesting enough to make me want to return. But I was happy enough with my masala dosa that night.
But.... It was a busy evening in November but I entered after the theatre crowds had left for their shows. The staff were extremely rushed and abrupt with me. They spent only seconds with me getting my order, saying only the minimum of words, which seemed a bit like orders instead of questions. After my meal, the server took away the milk and sugar for my tea before I had used it and without asking if I was finished. So the communication wasn't very good.
Why were they so extremely rushed and frazzled?? Yes, it was a busy evening. But hey, it was November, not the height of tourist season, and it's not like it was the first month of their existence. They have been there for years. Were they understaffed because someone was sick or are they always abrupt like that? So I was disappointed by the communication and service. It was too bad, as I was really looking forward to eating there.
I really hope that they can make an effort to improve the service, as the place has great potential.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-26

Pros: Good South Indian dishes

Cons: Poor communication by abrupt staff

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Good food, worst service - Edit

Let me start off with the positive side: I love South Indian food and was therefore looking forward to my visit at Sagar's. And Sagar provides good food indeed. I had a great Indian dish, very tasty and - as far as I can tell - authentic. Same holds true for all other dishes I have seen on neighbouring tables. Also, you can tell from the menu which dish is vegan and which isn't (all kinds of allergens are listed as well), that's truely commendable! Furthermore there is plenty of choice, plenty of dishes to choose from. On top of that everything is reasonably priced.
However, the service was the worst. At the very beginning, as I was about to enter, some customers were leaving while a waiter was holding the door open. I waited for the other people to go outside, but as I wanted to step in, the waiter saw me, let hold of the door and went away. WTF? Maybe I am not the kind of customer one doesn't want to enter ones premise, for whatever reason, I don't know. Be that as it may, I was treated poorly at any rate. Really bad service by all accounts: No please or thank you, grumpy behavior all the while (from all staff towards me). Furthermore I asked which beers were vegan. Response: "Aren't most beers vegan?". I seriously don't know what's wrong with them. Besides, usually I don't condemn unfriendly service. Suppose there is a low-paid waiter or waitress, that is bugged by stupid customers all day, who doesn't feel like being friendly - I get that totally, no reproach at all (as long as nobody spits into my order). But what happened at Sagar's was almost mean. Lastly, a service charge of 12,5% is applied
Wild horses couldn't drag me there again.

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Sagar - London - Edit

ON a cold, November evening, Sagar offered a warm and welcoming place to eat. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly.

Pros: Delicious food, Wide selection on the menu, Conveniently situated,

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Disappointing food, fast service - Edit

First time to try here. The service was very fast, handy for a pre theatre meal.

However, I wished they had taken their time on the food. We had the Matter Panner and the Vegetable Kootu. Both were very liquidy and I felt they had watered down the sauces. There were minimal vegetable in the Kootu, the one potato again felt like it had been over boiled and was full of water. Neither of the sauces were abundant in flavour. The lentil doughnuts were a little better.

The food must have been very mass produced for the turn around time from order to delivery, less than 5 mins.

Pros: Fast service

Cons: Lacking in flavour, Watered down

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Excelent food and service - Edit

I was extremely happy with my experience. There was a separate, completely vegan menu from which I asked for a waiters recomendation for both starter and main course. I like spices very much and got a real treat with some extra burn for me. With a big bottle of sparkling water + a dessert and tea, everything altogether was 23£. Very tasty food.

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Good, cheap food - Edit

Extremely cheap for the location and I've had quite a few dishes from here and have enjoyed them all.
I think the plain pizza tastes like sizzler cheese bread, so that excited me a lot!

Pros: Delicious, Cheap , Great location

Cons: Customer service needs improvement

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Still has potential.. - Edit

I personally had some troubles explaining Vegan to them and it seemed they were pretending to understand what's in the food sometimes. For example they couldn't confirm if they used animal gee in their curry...

The restaurant has great potential if they had better service and knowledge about whats in their food.

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, Lack of Vegan knowledge

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YES YES YES - Edit

I came here as I saw those photos of the menu options (which are NOT available anymore!) but had a dish of okras cooked in tomato sauce with a side of papadam. The papadam (of which I got extra -yippie) came with four dips and I can't explain how incredible those things were combined. A complete taste explosion. So so so good!!!

Pros: supreme , nice staff

Cons: expensive!

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Sagar Sagar - Edit

Went here before a theatre show and was very taken with the place. The sight of so many lentil donuts and giant crispy pancakes was worth the price on it's own ! I personally did not have the guts to try anything that exotic so I stuck to my favourite Indian dish, dhal and chapatis. I was NOT disappointed.

Had a very refreshing Limbu Pani to drink. Not many vegan desserts unfortunately. Only sorbet.

Great service.

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Excellent restaurant, will be going back. - Edit

Great selection of food, superb flavours, and very friendly service. We went because we were already in the area, and were early enough to get in on a Saturday without a reservation. We live about 20 miles from the centre of London and have already decided that we will make a special journey just to return to this restaurant.

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Nice indian restaurant :) - Edit

Little and nice indian restaurant, vegan option for lots of dishes.

Pros: Lots of vegan dishes, Real indian food

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Excellent South Indian in Covent Garden - Edit

If you like South Indian food then this place is for you. Extra special because they have a completely separate vegan menu - so no need for awkward conversations about what is suitable etc - a very large part of the menu is vegan. I opted for the vegan Thali - at £16.95 it was far more than I could eat - a good taster of many of the curries available here. My companions opted for dosas which were substantial meals in themselves. All up for the 3 of us the bill came to £50 - including drinks - so not cheap but by no means expensive for London - very good value I thought. The restaurant was busy but the service was good.

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Reasonably priced, Great food

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Fantastic food and friendly service - an Oasis in Covent Garden - Edit

Met up with an old American omni mate of mine in convent garden. Took him to Sagar, first visit for both of us. Had very traditional veg Indian fare, samosa's and onion Bahji's as starters. The best samosa's I have ever had. Tasted like they had been freshly made, living in England you have samosa's all the time but these really were fantastic. We then had Dosas ( lentil pancakes) and some mixed Dahls. It was all perfectly cooked. The restaurant has a nice mellow, friendly vibe. Will definitely go back next time I'm in the Smokes. Prices were very good.

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very nice place - Edit

Nice and lovely food, they have a vegan and a vegetarian menu.
Food is not on the cheap side. Thali is about £19,don't be mislead by the pictures here in happy cow.
I would recommend the place.

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Excellent - Edit

Went for dinner on the weekend, we had booked in advance which I think was a good idea as at 6 it was pretty packed.

Ordered from the vegan menu, a selection of starters and a couple of currys and a "lentil pizza". All delicious and very good sized portions - the samosas were HUGE!

Friendly staff, fast service, reasonable prices especailly considering the Covent Garden location.

Would go again

Pros: Reasonable price, esp for central London, Wide menu, Quick service

Cons: Not a very big venue

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Great Indian - Edit

We started with popadoms and Medu Vada (Fried lentil donuts). Followed by the Masala Dosa (Rice and lentil golden pancakes filled with potato, onions & carrot) and the Masala Uthappam (Rice and lentil pizza topped with potato, onion and coriander). The food was all amazing!

The staff are great with allergies and the menu clearly states it's allergens as well. The food cake quickly and the staff were very attentive. I would definitely go back if I was in London again!

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Really great vegetarian restaurant in Covent Garde - Edit

Took an Omni friend there and we both loved it. The best samosas and onion Bhaji I have ever had. Had Dosa's (lentil pancakes) and some Dahl's. The food was brilliant and the service is very good and friendly. Will go back soon

Pros: fully veg/vegan, great food, great loaction

Cons: none

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Good food - Edit

I have been here a few times with vegans and omnivores. All have enjoyed their meals.

There is a separate vegan menu, which makes it really easy. And staff get it i.e. they're very clear about what is and isn't vegan and why.

The food is good, Indian food. The platter with small bits of lots of different things is particularly good. The lemondade is very nice. I've never tried the desserts, so can't comment on them. I would really like them to make a vegan peshawari naan though, I do miss them since I became vegan.

The food is served very quickly. Staff certainly aren't rude, but they're not particularly friendly either.

Pros: Vegan options, Good food, Quick

Cons: Small-ish, Staff not particularly friendly

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Food was nice - Edit

Nice romantic setting. Good food. Chef understands what is Vegan.

Pros: Vegan options, Good Food, Nice portions

Cons: Non-Vegan options

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Good food, prompt but cold service - Edit

My partner and I came here for lunch. The place was very busy and the only table left was the one right behind the front door. No biggie. Staff was quick to take our orders and deliver them to the table despite their impersonal attitude. They all seemed a bit surly for some reason. However, as a seasoned Indian restaurant goer, I long ago came to realize that this was just the way it was and stopped making much of it. Food was pretty decent, prices reasonable. One star taken for the service.

Pros: good food

Cons: unfriendly staff

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