Saravanaa Bhavan-vegetarian indian cuisine
Stockholm has finally a genuine dosa place in the city center. When Saravana Bhavan was first established in Kista last year, every Indian food lover got on the blue line-subway to Kista gallerian to experience traditional made dosas- just like they are made in Kerala. Superb when craving lunch or dining indian food in Stockholm.
Saravana Bhavan was founded in 1981 and is one of the world’s largest South Indian food chains. They have today 71 restaurants in 20 different countries offering 350 dishes in 10 different categories on the menu. Last year Arun Mohan, who’s originally from Kerala in India, opened Scandinavia’s first Saravana Bhavan restaurant in Kista, and a few months ago his second restaurant in Vasastan.
At Saravana Bhavan you can choose between a selection of dosas, uthappams, idly vada, bajji, kathi rolls, thali plates, Indo-Chinese style dishes, classic curries and rice dishes. The food is completely vegetarian with more than 70% vegan dishes. Upon request, you can even get a separate vegan menu listing all the dishes that are plant based.
The food here is not only healthy and delicious but also has a Ayurvedic philosophy where, for example, their razam soup is suppose to have great effect if you have a cold. This is truly one of the first qualitative food restaurant chain we’d experienced in Stockholm so far.
The masala dosa was perfectly done, crispy and flavourful served with a great sambal, coconut chutney, & green-and tomato chutney. Unlike the dosa which is more crepe-like the Uthappam is a more thick pancake where chili, tomato and onion has been baked into the pancake. This dish was new to us event hough we’d been to Kerala before. It resembles a tasty omelette but without the eggs. We also enjoyed the deep-fried Chinese inspired Cauliflower Manchurian . It almost tasted like a Indian version of vegan “buffalo wings” but instead of chicken cauliflower was used.
All the dishes we tried were all delicious in their own way. Whats in the cards then for Saravanaa Bhavan in Sweden? Well, the owner Arun hope to launch his next Saravanaa Bhavan restaurant in Södermalm- and we cincerely hope that too!
Whats a Masala Dosa?
Masala dosa is a pancake from South India and is made of rice and lentils. They come out as huge rolled pancakes with a mashed potato filling. You eat your dosa with your hands dipping it into different sauces that are served on the side.
DISHES WE ORDERED
MANGO LASSI, 50 SEK
PAPER ROAST MASALA, 11O SEK
TOMATO, ONION & CHILLI UTHAPPAM, 89 SEK
CAULIFLOWER MANCHURIAN served with rice, 110 SEK
SZECHWAN MUSHROOM CHEESE DOSA, 110 SEK
SARAVANAA SPECIAL MEALS (THALI), 159 SEK
The outdoor seating area is perhaps not ideal being situated on the busy street Sankt Eriksgatan just after the bridge. The restaurant have space for 50 guests, 20 upstairs and 30 downstairs. The small ground floor also host the tiny open kitchen.
The genuine service from the staff made us feel relaxed and enhanced our positive experience. Given the long menu of dishes our waitors still could answer our questions about the south Indian cuisine and some dishes ingredients and cultural background.
Location: Sankt Eriksgatan 66, Vasastan
Sun - Thu : 11am - 10pm | Fri - Sat : 11am - 10pm
Phone: +46 (0) 73 542 7755
Price range: Budget, dishes between 30-129 SEK.
Type of cuisine:
Vegetarian South Indian restaurant chain
Vegetarian & Vegan friendly:
Vegetarian restaurant with more than 70% vegan dishes.
Other info: If you order the thali plate you will get a refill on all the dishes how many times you prefer.