• Saravana Bhavan

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  • White Vegetarian
Fast food

Part of international chain of South Indian vegetarian cuisine restaurants. Serves dosas, idlis, and more. Uses dairy, so let the staff know if you are vegan and do not want yogurt, ghee, or cream, etc. Open Mon-Sun 10:30-22:30.

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8 Reviews

First Review by jollypig


Points +130

02 Aug 2021

Love a masala dosa

Our family loves a masala dosa! Amazing tasty, healthy and quite cheap option easily available as a takeaway from various places in Tooting. We have tried all the places and this is not the best but it’s good to support a business that doesn’t serve meat like most other South Indian or Sri Lanka places in the area do…
Be careful as you might have to ask for confirmation whether your food is vegan as not everything is. We asked and got confirmed our dosas would be vegan and still they arrived with little tubs of raita (yoghurt) as a takeaway 😓

Pros: Tasty food , Reasonable prices, Vegetarian business

Cons: You have to ask for confirmation dishes are vegan



Points +20

21 Oct 2019

Best dosa ever

I love coming for dosa, its one of those places that is fine going alone, but often i go with friends too. Its authentic south Indian food is the best, they have a vegan menu too if you ask for it. The masala DOSA is my favourite. They also do great uttapam... They have lots if other dishes to chose but i prefer dosa over anything here. 😊

Pros: Vegan menu

Cons: Not great rice or thali


Points +3050

22 Apr 2017

Fantastic - nice and spicy!

Wow, great restaurant very close to Tooting Broadway station. Inside it's brightly lit and has an open kitchen so you can seen the guys preparing the food. Service was friendly and efficient. We went on a Friday evening and it was pretty busy, but people tend to come and go as food is served quickly. The menu covers both north and south Indian dishes, along with a small selection of Chinese.

We went for north Indian and I loved the 'Devil Potato' and the kadai paneer. Both were very richly flavoured and spicy. I expected it of the former dish (the clue is in the name), but not necessarily of the latter. I lived in India for three years so I'm no wimp when it comes to spicy food... My dining associate had the north Indian thali. It was all excellent.

The bill came to about £24 for both of us.

Highly recommended, though you might want to check with the waiter how hot the sauces are in dishes you're ordering, or ask for them to make them to your preference.

Updated from previous review on 2014-01-26

Pros: Very richly flavoured, tasty food, Great value, nice staff, kitchen view, Easy to get to

Cons: Would be good if menu noted hot items, Lights could be dimmed a little


Points +871

17 Mar 2017

As close as you'll get too South Indian food, In South London!

Saravanaa Bhavan is about as authentic South Indian food as you'll get in south London! Evokes happy memories for me, of a trip I took to India in 2006. The food at S. V. is as as close to the the vegetarian restaurants I discovered in Kerala, as they could be, especially the masala dosas!!
However don't expect anything fancy at this restaurant. All very basic, with food served on traditional Indian silver coloured plates.
Saravanaa Bhavan is primarily vegetarian, but has a lot of choice for vegans. Just make sure you are very clear with your waiter/waitress on dietary requirements. I feel that some staff members could do with better training on this.
Prices here are extremely competitive. I've eaten at a few of the Indian restaurants in Tooting and this is by far the most reasonable. Definite cheap lunch time or evening eat!!
The veggie samosas, Masala dosas and Thali are my recommended dishes ?

Pros: Great masala dosas!!, Close to Tooting Broadway Tube station, extremely competitive prices

Cons: better training for waiters please!, More Vegan options


Points +327

17 Jan 2017

Nothing special

I was excited to see that this Indian restaurant is fully vegetarian, but sadly they do not label the vegan options, nor is it that easy to ask for their vegan option.

Sadly, I was slightly disappointed after eating here. The food was quite tasty but the portions were small. The bathrooms were unhygienic. The staff was only moderately friendly and the interior was nothing special.

My dinner was tasty but I have no reason to rather eat here than any other Indian restaurant.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-17

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: Unsanitary bathrooms, Small portions, Vegan options not labelled


Points +62

16 Jan 2017

Local Treasure

We tend to eat here about once a month, for two of us to eat the bill usually comes to about £17.

The food is absolutely delicious, I always go for the North Indian Thali which is so delicious, I don't think I have ever been able to finish it as its huge!

The whole menu is vegetarian which is great.

It can get very busy, they have a downstairs that they sometimes open.

Pros: Amazing value, Informal setting


Points +16

25 Dec 2015

Nice food.

I have a soft spot for this place. The food here is really enjoyable. Can arrive to your table in a lukewarm state.
Service is hit-or-miss: you never know. Some waiting staff are a little lacking in confidence in spoken English.
In common with many establishments in the area, staff training in 'Hospitality' and good service hasn't occurred to proprietors or management. Pity.
Really hope they raise their game. Maybe send staff to local catering courses.

Pros: Vegetarian, varied menu with delicious food.

Cons: Service can be very poor., Food not always piping hot., A bit overpriced compared to others in


Points +283

11 Jan 2015

Nothing standout

I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed with the place, after hearing really good things about the food. It definitely wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. There were a lot of dosas to choose from (all vegan) which were more pancake than filling, making them a bit dry. There is ample to choose from on the menu for whatever taste, but vegan options are not marked and you do need to talk to your server about which contain dairy. There are a lot of cheese and paneer based dishes.

The decor is extremely simplistic so don't expect anything fancy in this regard. I will try this place again at some point, and put down this experience to perhaps just making the wrong choice of dishes!

Pros: All vegetarian Indian food, Large dosa selection, Easy transport links

Cons: Vegan items not labelled, Not the best curries around, Basic canteen style setting

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