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Looking for delicious South Indian vegetarian food in east London? We loved Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch made us eat way too much than we could. Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham serves one of the best South Indian food in the Eastern part of London. London city has so much of world culture, it fascinates the tourists as well as the locals alike. Saravanaa Bhavan London restaurants hailing from the South of India are no different. The Indian community have a stronghold in the United Kingdom. Bringing a variety of Indian food and influences.

About Saravanaa Bhavan

Saravanaa Bhavan is a well-known South Indian restaurant chain that originated in Chennai, India. It has gained popularity for its authentic South Indian cuisine and has branches in various cities around the world. East Ham branch when I went there, I had a pretty good experience. I have been there with my family and friends many times. Knowing my father lives in East Ham.

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham
Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham

What is Saravanaa Bhavan Food Famous For?

Saravanaa Bhavan food is famous for its unique flavours, use of spices, and diverse range of dishes. It is characterised by a mix of traditional ingredients, cooking techniques, and regional specialities. Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch has kept all those features and ingredients that make South Indian food famous including:

  1. Rice and Rice-based Dishes: Rice is a staple in South Indian cuisine, and many meals are centred around it. Popular dishes served by  Saravanaa Bhavan include dosa (a fermented rice and lentil crepe), idli (steamed rice and lentil cakes), and uttapam (a savoury pancake with toppings).
  2. Coconut: Coconut is widely used in South Indian cooking, either in grated form, as coconut milk or as coconut oil. It adds a rich, distinct flavour to many dishes. You will be served Coconut chutney almost with every South Indian dish you order here.
  3. Sambar and Rasam: These are staple South Indian soups or stews that are often served with rice. Sambar is a lentil-based stew with vegetables, while Rasam is a tangy, spiced broth typically consumed as a soup. You’ve got to try the Rasam at Saravanaa Bhavan.
  4. Chutneys and Pickles: Saravanaa Bhavan serves features a variety of chutneys made from coconut, tamarind, mint, and other ingredients. These chutneys are served as condiments alongside the main dishes. Pickles, often made from mangoes or lime, provide an intense burst of flavour. Even if you order papadam, you will get a variety of chutneys.
  5. Spices and Seasoning: South Indian dishes are known for their generous use of spices like mustard seeds, curry leaves, dried red chillies, and asafoetida. These spices contribute to the distinctive flavours of the cuisine.
  6. Tamarind: Tamarind is a common souring agent used in many South Indian dishes, providing a unique tangy taste. Sambhar has a generous amount of tamarind, you will have it with all South Indian dishes in Saravanaa Bhavan.
  7. Sweets and Desserts: The sweets offered on the menu and even on the counter are made from ingredients like jaggery, coconut, and lentils. Popular sweets include payasam (a type of pudding), Mysore Pak (a gram flour fudge), and various types of halwa.

Where is Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham Located?

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch is in the heart of East Ham in East London. You can take the District Line from London City Centre and reach there. It’s a 5 minutes walk from the East Ham station to the Restaurant. You have the option of Dine in, takeaway and no contact food delivery.

Our Top favourites you should try at Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham Branch

Saravanaa Bhavan East Ham branch typically offers a wide range of South Indian dishes as well as North Indian dishes. For me, they are famous for South Indian food like Dosas, Idlis, Sambhar Vadas, various rice-based dishes, curries, chutneys, and sweets. They often maintain the traditional flavours and preparation methods of South Indian cuisine. The chain is especially renowned for its vegetarian offerings, as many South Indian dishes are naturally vegetarian or vegan due to the culinary traditions of the region.

I am from north India, And I love South Indian food, due to its usage of rice, coconut, and pulses.

Starters at Saravanaa Bhavan

Appalam Papadam with Rasam

For starters, you can order Appalam Papadam with Rasam. The Appalam Papadam is thin crispy wafer-like crisp which is made of black gram bean flour. It’s light and crisp you can enjoy it with chutney or with hot rasam while you wait for your main course to come.


appalam papadam with chutneys spiced onion
Appalam Papadam with chutneys spiced onion

Gobi 65 and Paneer 65

Another delicious starters you should give a try are the Gobi 65 or Paneer 65. Pretty uniqie names given to these two snacks. Depending on the number of foodies with you, you can order both or have either of them:).  Gobi 65 is a Deep fried cauliflower, florets coated with Indian spices, served with ketchup, fermented and mildly spiced onions with a slice of lemon. The bite is crunchy, and little oily but the spices used are lip smacking. Lemon squeezed on top of the snack goes very well.

Gobi 65 deep-fried Cauliflower florets coated with Indian spices served with ketchup tomato chutney lemon
Gobi 65 deep-fried Cauliflower florets coated with Indian spices served with ketchup tomato chutney lemon

Paneer 65

Paneer 65 is yet another crispy starter served at Saravanaa Bhavan. Diced paneer marinated with Indian spicy and deep fried. Chaat masala sprinkled over it, with tomato chutney, mildly spiced onion rings with a lemon slice. It’s super delicious, crunchy. You will love it if you like Indian cottage cheese.

Paneer 65 dish diced-Indian cottage cheese fried with Indian spices
Paneer 65 dish diced-Indian cottage cheese fried with Indian spices

Main Course at Saravanaa Bhavan

For main course, you gave a variety of south Indian dishes to try. We tried Masala Dosa, Plain Dosa, Onion chilli tomato uthappam

Masala Dosa

Thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions. The Dosa’s are served with Sambar, Coconut chutney, tomato chutney and garlic chutney. The potato stuffing is not hot at all, rather a mild taste cooked in Indian Ghee.

Masala Dosa thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions
Masala Dosa thin crispy rice and lentil crepe stuffed with potatoes and onions

Onion chilli tomato Uthappam

This is a delicious and healthy South Indian dish. It’s like a savoury pancake with toppings of chilli, tomato, and onions. Served with Tomato garlic chutney, green coconut chutney and coconut chutney. All variety of Uthappams here are made in ghee which gives it a very unique fragrance and taste.

Onion Chilli Tomato Uthappam with Sambar and Chutneys
Onion Chilli Tomato Uthappam with Sambar and Chutneys



For desserts, we tried the Falooda ice cream dessert. It is a combination of silky vermicelli noodles, vanilla ice cream, slithery black basil seeds, mixed fruits, milk, and strawberry jelly. All of the sweetness is steeped in a colourful bath of rose syrup. You must try it, while there are many delicious Indian desserts you will get to try here, this is also at the top.

Falooda ice cream dessert
Falooda Ice Cream Dessert

If you’re in or around the East Ham area of London and looking for authentic South Indian food, visiting Saravanaa Bhavan could provide you with a taste of traditional South Indian flavours and dishes. Keep in mind that the specific menu and offerings might vary from one location to another. As mentioned earlier they also have North Indian food in the menu, you may go for the north Indian food as well. Being a North Indian myself I love it. Saravanaa Bhavan is known for its South Indian food, its Dosas, Idli’s, Sambar, and Filter Coffee 🙂 Bon appetit.

Recently we covered a review of Lahore One restaurant serving best Pindi Chole channa in east London. You may also want to have a read on this article.

Tallinn to London Travel Experience July 2022


Finally, I went to London in July 2022 after a good 2 years gap. This time I travelled from Tallinn to London. In this post, I will share my travel experience of what it’s like to travel from Tallinn to London.

Staying in Tallinn, Estonia for almost 3 months now. I definitely had to go to London. Knowing my Dad lives there, and I have not seen him for some time. We all decided that as the flights are open (Post Corona Virus Panedimic) from Estonia and from India both. We all can gather in London to celebrate my father’s birthday.

Tallinn to London Air Baltic Flight

Post-pandemic the flight cost has shot up and this was evident when we booked our Tallinn to London flights. We searched for our flights from Skyscanner. However, doing detailed research we found that if we book individual tickets from Tallinn (Lennart Meri) to London (Gatwick) one way and London to Tallinn one way. This way we can get the timing of the flight we want. This is not recommended approach however, we were able to save some money by doing this. Air Baltic flight from Tallinn to London for 2 people cost us €393 Euros. This one was not even direct, we first had to take a flight BT362 From Tallinn to Riga and then flight BT651 from Riga to London Gatwick.

The whole duration of the journey was 5 hours or so. Flight from Tallinn to Riga was for 50 mins and Riga to London was 3 hours or so. In total, if you are travelling from Tallinn to London the shortest time duration is 5 hours.

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Air Baltic
Air Baltic

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London Gatwick Airport

Landed at the Third busiest airport in the UK. Gatwick airport and then I had to book a train to reach Central London. As we were hungry we took a quick bite from the Marks and Spencer Food store at the airport. I had my old University-time Oyster Card. However, for some reason, I was not able to top it up, even though I had GBP currency with me. Nevertheless, The fastest way to reach Central London that I figured out there was via the Gatwick Express. We bought a ticket one way from Gatwick Airport to London Victoria Station for £20 each. This was a little expensive but anyway, we had to buy one. The train came in at platform 2 and we hopped onto the train. There were about 2 stops before we reached Victoria Station, East Croydon and Clapham Junction.

London Victoria to East Ham Station

We reached London Victoria in about 30 mins. From there we continued our journey to East Ham. We took the district line towards Upton Park. This journey involved 19 stops. I mean this was the fastest we could travel to reach our destination at reasonable expenses. You may take a private cab but then they will be charging a lot more than a good old London tube.

You can plan your journey by visiting the TFL website, as there are a lot of disruptions due to construction and repair work done on the tube line.

Visa For London, UK

Thankfully I had a UK tourist visa before I moved to Estonia. I applied for a UK visa when I was in Delhi, India. As I have been a frequent traveller to the UK. I applied for a 5-year tourist visa from the New Delhi VFS Global Centre. In case you are Estonian and want to travel to the UK, You need not apply for a visa. Estonians can travel to the UK and stay up to 6 months without a visa. You also need to make sure that you meet the standard visitor eligibility requirements. To know more about the UK visa types and fees you can check out our Visa for London UK page.

Overall I had been missing London and finally got a chance to visit this beautiful city again. My Tallinn to London travel Experience had been good, and I will be travelling more frequently now. Knowing COVID-19 has taken more than 2 years of our life. Another reason being I have shifted to Tallinn, So Tallinn to London travel will be much more frequent than Delhi to London travel.

London Weather

However must say, summers here are getting unbearable. Climate change is playing havoc. All the underground trains are too old to cope with the heat. Especially the Central line does not have air conditioning. A lot is going to change in this big city. And the climate is going to play a pivotal role.