DOSA PLUS CHANNA BATURA | SARAVANA BHAVAN | £7

CROYDON CR0| EAST HAM E12 | HARROW HA2 | ILFORD IG1 | LEICESTER SQUARE WC2 | SOUTHALL UB1 | TOOTING SW17 | WEMBLEY HA0

 channa butara at Saravana Bhavan

channa butara at Saravana Bhavan

Now with restaurants across London, we visited the Tooting branch. South West London has a buzzing Indian sub-continent population, which means there's some great eating to be found in these parts. One of my favourites is the no-frills Saravana Bhavan for quick, quality, South Indian vegetarian food. 

My Indian friend introduced me to this place years ago, and I've been a regular since. Absolutely everything is under our magic £8 mark, and you could probably even squeeze in three courses and still come under budget, or there abouts.

You want to order from the 'local inspiration' part of the menu for starters, and you really shouldn't leave without drying their dosas.  I love the rava masala dosa - a crepe made of cream of wheat and rice, stuffed with spicy potatoes and onions £3.50. And I'm also a sucker for their onion uthappam - a thick pancake with ingredients cooked into the batter. The sambars and chutneys and dips they all come with are terrific; I just can't get enough of the gloriously grainy gunpowder chutney.

 onion uthappam in the foreground, rava masala dosa in the background

onion uthappam in the foreground, rava masala dosa in the background

Then there's the channa batura; order it for the fantastic flavours, and the novelty of breaching the huge and fluffy fried bread, with a rich and deep channa masala (spiced chickpea curry) for dunking, £3.50.

Expect it to be constantly busy, full of locals and families, many waiting to pick up an order, or for a table. If you do need to wait, fear not - it's never for that long, and it's worth it.

Prices may vary across branches.

Words and photography | Leyla Kazim

Editor's note: these guys are in fact an international brand, which we don't usually cover but as they are only in London in the UK...and they are very good, we thought, why not. 

 

Location & Opening Hours

Croydon
18 George Street, CR0 1PA
Mon - Sun | 10.30am - 10.30pm

East Ham
300 High Street North, E12 6SA
Mon - Sun | 9am - 11pm

Harrow
403 Alexandra Avenue, HA2 9SG
Mon - Thurs | 10.30am - 10.30pm
Fri - Sun | 10.30am - 11pm

Ilford
115-127 Cranbrook Road, IG1 4PU
Mon - Sun | 10am - 10.30pm

Leicester Square
17 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EP
Mon - Sun | 11am - 10.30pm

Southall
‘Glassy Junction’ 97 South Road, UB1 1SQ.
Mon - Thurs | 10.30am - 10.30pm
Fri - Sun | 10.30am - 11pm

Tooting
254 Upper TOoting Broadway, SW17 0DN
Mon - Sun | 10am - 10.30pm

Wembley
22 & 22A, Ealing Road, HA0 4TL
Mon - Sun | 9am - 10.30pm

Website | saravanabhavan.com

Last updated | 4th April 2018