If you’re looking for another spot to sample good food this 'healthy' month, I would highly recommend Saravanna Bhavan. A sweet little spot tucked away on the first floor of victoria court in Westlands. It’s a bit of a hidden treasure. I’ve never been here or heard people talk about it in the food gossip pages but due to the fact that it's an exclusively vegetarian restaurant was a calling enough for me. So here goes:
The lady that runs this franchise is an absolute doll. Very courteous, witty and warm. We were a bunch of bloggers dining together in a family style setting. She was kind to everyone, including the latecomers and was sweet enough to offer them a later lunch so as not to miss the order in which the food was being served.
She started off by giving us a short history of the place. It’s the first franchise in Africa after originating from South india in a small neighbourhood in Chennai. Now with chains around the world including the US, South Africa, Australia and Germany. They way she runs her ship is the most inspiring part. The two things that stood out the most were; she hired only women on the ground and absolutely no food goes to waste. They order fresh food from the market daily and make everything from scratch, everyday. She feeds her staff the same food that the clients eat! Do you know how long I have been waiting to hear these words??? Her staff eats the same food that they cook. This is how you know the food is good. She has a little designated area in the restaurant where the staff gather to eat their meals. No, not in the back like most other restaurants, smack bang in the middle of the restaurant. And they all sit together and dine! I love love love it. I was beginning to fall in love with this woman. I may have had one or two tears fall down my left cheek. If this doesn’t make for a great appetizer I don’t know what will. So she had a very smart way of making us sample a different variety of foods just enough so we were perfectly full.
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So if you are a fan of south Indian food and are looking for a fresh and tantalizing taste, this is definitely the place for you!