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Saravanaa Bhavan Fantastic

1newyorkguy Mar 31, 2012 01:47 AM

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. grayelf RE: 1newyorkguy Mar 31, 2012 09:17 AM

    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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      Sam Salmon RE: grayelf Mar 31, 2012 07:51 PM

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

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      koshfoodie RE: 1newyorkguy Apr 2, 2012 03:14 PM

      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. delys77 RE: 1newyorkguy Apr 2, 2012 04:36 PM

        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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          escargot3 RE: delys77 Apr 5, 2012 12:49 PM

          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.

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            LotusRapper RE: delys77 Apr 5, 2012 01:18 PM

            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
              delys77 RE: LotusRapper Apr 5, 2012 01:59 PM

              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).

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                1newyorkguy RE: delys77 Apr 6, 2012 02:18 AM

                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.

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