Saravanaa Bhavan

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

131 King St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

International Indian vegetarian restaurants serving South Indian cuisine. Est. 2017. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Take-out

5 Reviews

First Review by Kittybiscuit

Tasty SB food but what’s happened to the vegan options? - Edit

Updated: I did receive a response and apparently their customers want ghee. You can ask for something to be vegan. I’m not sure that I have any confidence in getting this right though. They also told me to look at the health benefits of ghee which obviously misses the point completely.

15 Nov I went last night again and noticed that on one menu 3/4 of the vegan options seemed to be crossed out. I’ve emailed them to ask whether there was always dairy, or have they just started to add dairy. I’ve also explained that veganising dosa particularly isn’t difficult and they should try it. No response yet but I’m very annoyed at them! Obviously still vegetarian but not sure I’d be recommending for vegans now. I’ve now written to them via fb, messenger and email but no response. I’m very disappointed in them

This restaurant only just opened. I am happy that their menu shows which options are vegan but I think there needs to be more clarification around them. We ordered onion bhaji and it had v next to them but when I asked about one of the sauces it wasn't vegan.
I've eaten in their branches across the world and their flavours are consistent. Love their dosa and poori masala. Their sambar is delicious.
The service was quick and friendly.
I will be going back but I'll make sure that I clarify that when it notes vegan that I double check first.

Updated from previous review on 2017-12-02

Pros: Dosa

Cons: Seems to change items that are vegan, Now seems to be very limited vegan options

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Yummy Indian food - Edit

I love this place but (as with the previous review) I've noticed they've started to cross out the vegan symbol on some menus, and there isn't consistency - last time we were given 4 for our table and somethings were labeled as vegan on one menu but not on another. To be safe I have asked before ordering, but is it a bit concerning.
Food wise it is really good but wait time can be quite long and while there seems to be a huge number of staff it can be hard to get their attention, and it's a bit more expensive then other places I've been to for similar food.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: inconsistent vegan labels, long waits, on the pricey side

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Great food...but! - Edit

Ezra and myself ate here after a long day at work, we got 4 meals, 2 drinks. The meals we had were great.
But! We only got 3 meals, played for it and our drinks weren't done right, long waiting time. And the restaurant was empty.
Would give it another chance potentially.

Pros: lots of vegan options, delicious

Cons: expensive, bad attention to detail, money focused

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Spoilt for choice - Edit

Indian style restaurant - with value deals that are really good. Plenty of options on the menu, with a focus on South Indian style. I had mini dosa value meal, with idly and Vada. Was the right size for a decent lunch. Plenty of seating, friendly service and not too long to wait, even if they are making it fresh (as opposed to the food prepared in the buffet selection). Vegan options are marked on the menu.

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Superior flavours - Edit

Happened to be the nearest all-veg restaurant to my hotel. Not disappointed. Not fancy, more like a canteen, but totally delicious. Vegan options all clearly marked, and lots of them.

Pros: Vegan options all clearly marked, and lots of them

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