Sri Ananda Bahwan - Georgetown

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 15 reviews )

25 Lebuh Penang, Georgetown (at Little India), Penang, Malaysia, 10200

Casual Indian restaurant with multiple locations - this particular branch is pure vegetarian. Offers both North and South Indian food, mock meat in dishes, economic rice, a la carte, Indian breads and snack foods. Check the address carefully as a non-veg stall with the same name is located on the same street. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Fast food, Take-out

15 Reviews

First Review by eatinggreen

good food but - Edit

Good and tasty Indian food. I would rather chose the buffet where you can take what you want instead of a set plate on the menu.
But... staff is not really nice or helpful. They said that all is vegetarian however there is some food that look and taste like meat in my opinion and for vegan be carful cause they use dairy and Ghee.
Plus prices are not really clearly indicated when you choose buffet option...

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Good But Confusing - Edit

The food here is really tasty and cheap. It's a really hectic place as well and makes me think what it might be like in India. Most of the patrons are Indian.

Despite what another reviewer has said I don't think I was overcharged. I had large rice with two curries and one Samosa, for 4.80. Tell me if this is normal price.

However the staff's English is not great, and it can be hard to figure out what is vegan. Even after consulting the manager, I just end up feeling confused. So I think you must specify very clearly to them, "I do not eat milk, ghee, or butter. Please show me what does not contain these things." But depending on the employee, I don't know what the response will be. So it's a bit tough for vegans here.

Pros: Cheap, Delicious

Cons: Confusing For Vegans, Super Busy

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Best Indian food in Penang - Edit

Indian vegetarian restaurant . Huge selections of dishes form currys , samosa ,dahal and much more . Everything amamzing . Good portion and very cheap . Very nice and friendly staff

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Okay Food, Ambiguous Pricing - Edit

We came here twice for the lunch buffet - self-service, the cashier tells you what to pay - and found the pricing system to be completely arbitrary: the second day, I was quoted twice as much as on the first day, when I had about half as many items and half the quantity on my tray! The white couple behind us were charged twice as much as we were, but they didn't seem to mind.

Updated from previous review on 2017-02-12

Pros: self-service buffet, complimentary warm water

Cons: ambiguous and arbitrary pricing system, possibly based on ethnicity

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Tasty indian food, includes meat analogues - Edit

This place offers also meat analogues, which is not so common in Indian places. There is a self-service buffet but should one get confused, they are happy to help will the plate. If they do it, and you eat vegan, some sauces will probably have a yogurt base. There are three sizes of metal plates, with a varying number of slots for sauces or dahl in it. Also naans, rotis, papadams, the paper-thin large breads and the rest are offered. Tasty fresh juices. A large variety of Indian desserts. They also do takeaway.

Pros: Open late, Tasty food, good variety yet simple to choose, Mock meats

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tasty indian food - Edit

Had a selection of curries here with my partner, the nice thing about this is it actually does mock meat dishes whereas most veggie Indian places don't. Has a wide selection of breads to go with your meal too.

Pros: good choice, fairly cheap

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Good but a little pricy - Edit

This is an Indian buffet. Prices aren't clearly marked - we paid about 16 ringit for 2 samosas, biryana, and a few very small curries. Everything was good, but a little difficult to check if vegan.

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On point - Edit

The food was on point! The dishes we got with chills were flavourful and spicy. Great bang for your buck with a huge menu.

Pros: Large portions, Many vegan options

Cons: If you go late at night 10pm, they may not have al

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big vegetarian buffer - Edit

Nice Indian vegetarian restaurant.
buffet was really complete.

Pros: A lot of options , good food

Cons: the plate was too full :)

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Best in George Town - Edit

By far the best Indian food in George Town
Very relaxed place but can get busy

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Lovely indian pure veg - Edit

If you crave for north or especially south indian food, look no further. The list is so tempting we regretted of having only one stomach... Ordered idly, ragi tosai (ragi dosa) and plain tosai (plain dosa). They came with attached sambar & rasam. But note that if you want chutney, you have to ask for it separately. Especially ragi dosai was a nice surprise - I've been trying to find it when travelling southern India, but I guess I was too south. Now I found it in Penang! And how good it tastes, and how nutritious it is. And completely vegan. Oh, joy! We sat down, but there is also a premade buffet if you want to take-away.

Pros: both south and north indian, indian food made with fake chicken, beef, casual place

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Nice Place - Edit

I was so much looking forward to get Indian food in Malaysia. This was my first malay Restaurant. A nice start. Huge menu. Pretty crowded place. I liked it. Tried the mock meat garlic chicken.

Pros: Tasty, Cheap

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My favorite Penang restaurant - Edit

This place seems to be incredibly popular with the locals and no wonder why!

The food is simply delicious and the menu is so varied, you won't repeat a dish even if you eat there for a couple of months!

The restaurant is well located and open all day. The prices are great and the staff will try to hep you finding out what's vegan and what's not.

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Pros: variety, very delicious mals, price

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Very good indian food - Edit

We decided to stay in Penang for much longer because of the large choice of vegan restaurants. We went to this one at least 5 times and everything was really good. Their mock meat dishes were really well done with a true variety of textures and sauces. It can be disturbing if you go there for the first time so much it reminds real meat textures.

What we appreciated there was to be able to enjoy some indian dishes we use to have before being vegan (particularely the sauces) and the canteen like atmosphere of the place.

The staff is also really nice.

PS: ask about ghee, milk/yogurt, eggs and cheese before ordering if you mind as they use it in some dishes and in all the deserts.

Pros: Lot of choice, atmosphere, nice staff, Good prices

Cons: Should specify about the no-veg dishes

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Another average Indian joint - Edit

The first thing to note here is that the address on HC is wrong and will lead you to the non-veg branch. The veg branch is half a block down the same street at number 25.

Whilst this place wasn't terrible, we weren't huge fans either. Why an Indian restaurant would feel compelled to use mock meats in their cooking, I have no idea. We ordered a dosa, a thali, a spinach curry, a vege curry and some random mock fish dish that they tricked us into buying (we thought it was a part of the thali).

The dosa was quite soggy and the sauces/chutneys had very little flavour. The thali was average too, nothing special or memorable there. The veges in the vege curry were all deep fried - eek! didn't touch that one. The spinach curry was pretty regular and the mock fish curry looked like a fish and when poked didn't move - in fact i tried cutting it with my spoon and it was very hard. My partner decided to keep away.. I tasted the curry-like sauce and it was ok, but not being able to identify what the fish thing was I decided to steer clear too (it looked like a whole dead fish, so not a real turn on).

The next day we both had reason to believe that the ingredients here were either not entirely fresh or that hygiene standards were slightly below par.

We have since realised that in Penang, the non-veg indian places seem to be preferable in terms of quality, so while we prefer to stick with the veg joints, we are making some exceptions here. Try Passions of Kerala in the New World Mall for banana leaf cuisine, or even Sri Ananda Bahwan in Tanjung Bungah (across from the Paradise Sandy Beach Hotel) - no idea if this is the same ownership as the one being reviewed presently but the food and ambience were much better there.

Pros: pure veg, cheap

Cons: mock meat, questionable freshness/hygiene, not all that tasty

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