RestaurantsGreater LondonWembleyHA0

survey result

Summary

£53
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“If feels like being transported to SB in Chennai”, according to well-travelled fans of the Wembley branch of this global vegetarian chain offering “reasonably priced South Indian food”, who say that “if you’re hankering for a masala dosa, this is the place”. There are actually seven branches around the capital (including Leicester Square and Tooting), but this is the most commented-on. (Historical footnote: P Rajagopal, who founded SB in 1981, died five years ago after being imprisoned for the murder of an employee whose wife he wanted to marry.)

Summary

£50
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A “massive range of dosas” and other “very authentic, traditional South Asian options” ensure that this Chennai-based vegetarian chain’s London branches are “very popular with the local Asian community”. It’s “not fancy”, but there are “lots of dishes that don’t make it on to many English Indian menus”. Founded in 1981, the chain now operates in 23 countries. Founder P Rajagopal was imprisoned for the murder of an employee whose wife he wanted to marry, and died behind bars four years ago.

Summary

£46
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
1
Poor
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Dosa vegetarian heaven”“great vadas and idlis”, too – wins the veggie vote for this Wembley outfit with seven branches across the capital (Croydon, East Ham, Harrow, Ilford, Leicester Square, Southall and Tooting). “Everything is totally on point and you’ll be hard-pressed to pay more than £15 for more food than you can really eat”. The Chennai-based franchise has expanded around the world in the past 20 years; founder, P Rajagopal, died of a heart attack in 2019 after being imprisoned for the murder of an employee whose wife he wanted to marry.

Summary

£42
    £
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

The Wembley branch of an international South Indian veggie chain, which has eight venues in Greater London, serves, according to fans, “the best tiffins (light day-time meals) ever”. Fascinating fact: P Rajagopal, the ‘dosa king’ who founded the group in 1981, died of heart failure in June at the age of 71, one week into a life sentence for the murder of an employee whose wife he wanted to marry.

For 33 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. In a typical year, diners submit over 50,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK. Each year, the guide is re-written from scratch based on this survey (although for the 2021 edition, reviews are little changed from 2020 as no survey could run for that year).

Have you eaten at Saravanaa Bhavan?

Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £7.95  

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£3.25 £8.00 £4.00 £4.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £17.00
Filter Coffee £1.25
Extras  
Service 10.00%
531-533 High Rd, Wembley, HA0 2DJ
Opening hours
Monday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Tuesday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Wednesday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Thursday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Friday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Saturday9:30 am‑10:30 pm
Sunday9:30 am‑10:30 pm