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Mar 31, 2012 01:47 AM

Saravanaa Bhavan Fantastic

Just went for the first time today, for the buffet lunch. I was more than impressed with the levels of flavor in the food...really top notch, especially for a buffet. Highly recommended.

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  1. Thanks for the update. I enjoyed it the last time I went but it's been a while so good to know it's still worthy.

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    1. re: grayelf

      Thanks for the reminder-haven't been for a while either but I does love me a good Dosa!

    2. I am a huge fan of Saravanna. Super tasty and authentic. Personally, I not a huge fan of the buffet - I think they almost have too many options. I much prefer to go for dinner with a few people and sample a bunch of dishes. My fav dishes are parotta, baingan bhartha, and the dosas.

      1. I've been to the location on Broadway and I quite liked it. Funnily enough I was recently in India and one of the top picks in the Lonely Planet for Delhi was Saravan Bhavan. I thought It was probably just a coincidence, but no they are related. They have franchises all over the world. The one in Delhi was also very tasty, although the Dosas were much larger in India than here.

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        1. re: delys77

          I've eaten at several of them, including Vancouver, SF/Bay Area and NYC. My dinner at the Vancouver branch was quite good. The one in the Bay Area has gone downhill, IMHO. While in NY, like the proverbial phoenix... it's now really great.

          1. re: delys77

            SB's dosas are good !

            I like their buffet ...... definitely lighter, healthier and ultimately more satisfying to my body than your typical Indian (with meat) buffet.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              That is probably because what we think of as is Indian food in North America is usually North Indian cuisine of Punjabi origin. There is some great stuff there like tandoori naan, butter chicken, korma, mater paneer, but it does tend to be on the heavier side. South Indian food is often more vegetarian and a little lighter seeming (although it likely isn't given the heavy use of cononut milk and oils).

              1. re: delys77

                Not sure if they are using coconut oil--but I hope so, since it is probably the healthiest oil to cook with. Doesn't break down and oxidize like the others.