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Saravanaas/ Saravana Bhavan
Posted by foodie on 09/15/2006
Excellent south indian food. Definitely try the kaima Idli for a unique spin on that staple of the south. Service is disturbingly slow however so try to choose a less busy time. Generally avoid times from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on weekdays and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM on weekends and 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM on all days.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2006
I might not be from South India but I am big fan of south indian cousine and have had enough dosa's in my life (going back to the days of Sagar Ratna in New Delhi). I can assure you that this is absolutely the best south indian I have ever had..... Their presentation is also very nice espcieclly serving in plates with lil bowls for chutney. Highly recommended!
Posted by SP on 07/22/2006
Please! I spent my childhood in Madras/Chennai in addition to having eaten in several NY Tamil restaurants, and am qualified to assert that this one is not good. The saambhar and chutney seem to be thickened with flour. Dosai is soggy. Rasam tastes like oil+water+ skimpy amount of packaged powder. The yuppie decor seem to divert the clientele's attention away from the pathetic food. Or perhaps it's a stubborn loyalty to Saravanaas in Delhi.
Posted by Indian on 07/21/2006
Sarvana's provides the best South Indian food ...Items like mini idli's and the sambar are mouth watering. Dosa, chutney are awesome..! The ambience is good with the tradition steel plates and tumblers. Feedback: if the color of the walls are changed from red or dark pink to some soft color, it would give a bit more soothing effect.
Posted by Awesome South Indian Food in NYC on 05/23/2006
If you want to try a real south indian food, this is the place to go. I am from Chennai, and the food here tastes exactly or almost similar to the food you get in chennai. Amazing food, good service and atmosphere is good as well. You should defly give this a try!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2006
The atmosphere is not all that comfortable (very bright lights shine in your face if you don't choose the right table, and many of the seating is directly in front of the restroom and cashier counter). This place makes up for the setting by providing great dosas, and great appetizer dishes.
Posted by Keralalite reviewer on 05/08/2006
Hands down, Saravanaas has the best South Indian food in the country. I am of South Indian orgin and I am used to really good South Indian food, and I usually am disappointed by most South Indian restaurants. Saravanaas also offers a lot of home-cooked Kerala dishes such as aveal and appam which are not often served in restaurants outside of India. Everything I have had here was amazing. The Madras coffee, the paysam, the dosa, the idli, vada, etc. I cannot wait to try the other items.