To be frank with you, the name of this restaurant straight up reminds me of a Bollywood film. An image of a bevy of Indian beauties bursting into belly-dance for no apparent reason mid-movie springs to mind. Don’t mind me though, even names of Indian dishes remind me of Bollywood movies.
Founded in 1981, Saravana Bhavan is one of the world’s largest Indian vegetarian restaurant chains. They have outlets all over the world from India, France, UK, Germany, UAE, USA, Canada and much more. In October 2014, they set up an outlet in Nairobi on the 2nd floor of Victoria Plaza on Parklands Road. Saravana offers authentic South Indian cuisine with chefs being brought in from Chennai to ensure that the authenticity of the food is maintained. It has a lovely family-friendly ambiance with attentive staff who are knowledgeable enough to help you choose off the menu if you’re a newbie. Alternatively, you could check out All You Need To Know About Indian Cuisine before you head out. Still, because we always have your back, here are a few suggestions of things to order off the menu should you pop into Saravana this labour day.
Ghee Pongal– Ksh 500: This is steamed raw rice mashed with green gram dhal and sauteed with ghee, pepper, jeera; garnished with cashew nuts and served with chutney and sambar.
Masala dosa-Ksh 550: If you’re a newbie to Indian cuisine, you’ll need baptism by dosa and their masala dosa is just what you should try. It is simply a rice crepe stuffed with spicy potatoes and it comes with sambar and 3 varieties of chutney.
Saravana special– Ksh 1000: The special has sweet, poori/chappathi (2), a side dish, rice, sambar, rasam, special khuzambu, poriyal, kootu, raitha, curd, buttermilk, appalam and pickle. It has just the right varietal mix for an authentic South Indian meal.
When it comes to drinks, try the sweet or salty lassi for only Ksh 150.
Next time anyone asks you if you’ve popped into Saravana Bhavan, hope your answer will be yes!
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