Saravanaa Bhavan is a chain restaurant - but one that will make you forget all of your prejudices against chain restaurants.
It is a Gujarti Vegetarian Indian restaurant but with other Indian vegetarian cuisines represented as well including Sri Lankan and Indian-Chinese.
(If you have never had it - Indian Chinese totally rocks. It is not Indian, It is not Chinese, It is a bunch of fiercely original fusion dishes that put traditional Indian vegetarian ingredients into Szechuan or Cantonese style sauces.)
The place is crowded - often with a line waiting out the door.
The menu is huge.
Everything our party had was outstanding.
(Special thumbs up for the Paneer -Indian Cheese- with Chilis in the Indo-Chinese menu - and their Chapatis and Pooris (breads) which show up accompanying many dishes. In fact breads are generally a strong point here and they make many kinds.)
The place is unbelievably cheap - which is good to know in London -
where cheap and food too often means poisonous.
One note for non-Londoners. This particular Saravanaa Bhavan is on Ealing Road near the tube station Wembley Central. That neighborhood is one of three neighborhoods - all on Ealing Road - that have vast numbers of excellent cheap Indian and Pakistani restaurants (including many many subtypes of both).
The cluster at the North near the Wembley Central station is the largest with at least a dozen fine vegetarian restaurants to pick from.
This part of town is not on the standard "visitor's" trip to London - but it ought to be.
Went there with a friend and we had two different thalis.
The food was great, especially the south indian thali; the service was pretty friendly and quite prompt. Great vegetarian food!
(The south indian thali was actually pretty much the same as in the UAE where we had originally discovered this chain). The decor and setup of the place are nice and modern; nicer than some of the other restaurants that we passed on the way to the restaurant from the station.
The prices seem pretty reasonable/cheap for London too.
A really nice meal all up; well worth the trip up to Wembley.
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