Saravana Bhavan is a famous Indian restaurant chain that opened in Sydney’s Parramatta in November 2014. We visited a fully packed Saravana Bhavan during the easter weekend and walked out stomach happy
Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the vegetarian-only Saravana Bhavan
Plain dosa served with sambhar and multiple chutneys
1. The only vegetarian restaurant chain in 47 countries!
Saravana Bhavan is nothing less of a food institution that was founded in erstwhile Madras (or Chennai). Saravana Bhavan has 85 restaurants in 47 countries like the US, UK, France, Singapore, UAE, Germany, Malaysia, the Middle East amongst others. The one in Australia is located in Sydney’s Parramatta.
p.s: Sydney’s Saravana Bhavan serves beer, and it’s a first for any SB branches around the globe
Sarvana Bhavan in London
2. No matter where you are, it’s same Flavour Everywhere
If you love South Indian delicacies then this is the place for you. Whether you eat in New York, London or Chennai, Saravana Bhavan’s food is going to taste the same, much like the stickler perfection of McDonalds, if I may say
p.s: The team from Chennai especially traveled to Sydney to train the cooks for the franchise restaurant here.
Mendu Vada (lentil flour doughnuts) served with sambhar and chutney
3. Button Idlis!
In their menu you will read them as a combination of Mini Sambhar-Idli with Ghee, but they are also popularly known Button Idlis, simply because they are really small This one’s quickie that you absolutely cannot miss at the restaurant.
Mini Idlis (indian style pancake) or Button Idlis dipped in sambhar and ghee (clarified butter)
4. From Rags to Riches – it’s a Slumdog Millionaire story!
Saravana Bhavan’s founder P.Rajagopal started the restaurant in 1981. P Rajagopal started his career as a teenager serving tea at a small restaurant in Chennai.
Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal’s life is rags to riches story
5. Saravana Bhavan doesn’t spend on advertising or marketing
Because they don’t need to! Sarvana Bhavan has built their reputation on word of mouth. Even their official website is nothing fancy check it here
6. Value for Money
Saravana Bhavan has always believed in being thrifty. The restaurant focuses on serving delicious food at affordable prices, and their decor is always very very simple.
Patrons at Saravana Bhavan, Sydney
7. New York Times wrote about it!
Given the buzz about Sarvana Bhavan in New York’s Manhattan. The New York Times featured the restaurant chain and its founder in May 2014.
Saravana Bhavan staff in New York takes a break over filter coffee
8. Their Annual Turnover is US $450 million !! [source Wikipedia]
Who thought that by serving fresh and simple idlis, dosas and vadas, Saravana Bhavan will become perhaps the most recognized South Indian eatery in the world!
A Mini Thali or Mini Tiffin at Saravana Bhavan, Sydney
9. Homesick? You will love eating here!
Whether studying or working, you are likely to spot Sarvana Bhavan in most countries.
Onion Uttapam at Saravana Bhavan, Sydney
10. It’s great food! What else do you want
A large dosa ready to be served at Saravana Bhavan, New York