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USD 8 - USD 20
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Indian, Asian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Central Business District
0.5 km from SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
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Reviewed 11 May 2021 via mobile

I ordered a Mini 14pcs Milagai podi idli takeaway and came home to see there was no idli. That’s like ordering a roast chicken without the chicken and receiving only the gravy sauce.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 20 February 2021

Absolutely tasteless food Over priced Pls don’t waste your money! No authenticity in taste So disappointed

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 18 December 2020 via mobile

Inconsistency is the biggest issue with this iconic chain of restaurants spread across the world. The only thing consistent is the Thali, rest is sheer luck, this time though, the Gun Powder Masala Dosa was pretty bad. Earlier 4/5 Disclaimer: Above ratings are strictly reserved...for Food sans Filter Coffee. Finally, something Authentic Vegetarian Indian without modern twist or alteration. Under a typical Mess-like ambiance, Saravanaa Bhavan (a renowned name in the international market) lets the food talk.  Rava Dosa, Dosa, Masala Dosa, Bisibele Bhaat, Dahi Bhaat,etc  ....name anything and they give you no reason to complain...but for us, it was Saravanaa Special Meal Thali. Though a bit costly but suffice for 2 is complete meal in itself. Cherry on the Cake is Mango Lassi.  The worst among things ordered were Filter Coffee & Gulab Milkshake. Filter Coffee was not even close to the filter coffee we have back in India. Seemed like they had used to the local coffee powder for their concoction. Gulab (Rose) Milk Shake was tad too sweet.  Coming to the disappointment part as to why we  rated them on food and only food:  Every time we have been here, they have failed to provide us many things mentioned on the menu or accompaniments that should come with the food. It's better to have fewer things on the menu and do justice then to have everything and not being able to provide important things that are essentials for a restaurant that specialises in food from South India such as gunpowder idli, Rava Dosa, etc.   Service can get pretty chaotic but can totally understand the plight as it's forever crowded. Attendants go out of their way to provide us the satisfaction of dinning here. 0.5 out 4 is only for that bit.  Ideally, would have rated this one a 3 over 5 for the total experience but we certainly know that these are the things they can improve on. What we also don't want is the other foodies to deprive themselves of something as authentic and beautiful as the meal provided by Saravanaa Bhavan due to our review.   Stick to the South Indian Fare...that's where the flavors are.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 14 November 2020 via mobile

Hidden way from the Main Street level of melbourne, you’d easily walk right past this awesome Resturant. With gorgeous old Melbourne charm gates, you make your way upstairs and are greeted by the wonderful staff, catering perfectly to the COVID changes we all need to...follow. You need to log in, then they happily seated us. We scanned the menu, you then place your order and drinks through ordering on line and before you know it, your food has arriving. We ordered the masala dosa, the potato filling was soooooo delicious. The donut is Medhu Vada, that on its own it’s a meal, very deceiving, very filling. I was full with eating this as our started and struggled to finish our main. Highly recommend you visit this Resturant, you won’t be disappointed. l’ll definitely be a returning patron 💚🌿More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 1 July 2020 via mobile

The quality of food served is average as compared to the other Sarvanna Bhavan's in India & Middle East. With the new online ordering at the table, where you place the orders while sitting at your table and the kitchen receives order and prepares the...food, I don't think they are reading and following the food comments mentioned. (I had ordered for a plain dosa and ghee roast masala dosa and had mentioned in the comments/ notes for the plain dosa to be soft and the masala on side for the ghee roast masala dosa - however the plain dosa came crispy and the masala dosa came with the masala inside the dosa) On the brighter side the service staff is cheerful and bright. However they can definitely up their game.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 8 March 2020 via mobile

This restaurant is a blessing for people who want real authentic indian vegetarian food, both north indian and south Indian. If you go at lunch time, it will be busy and may have to wait to get seated. Thali food is really tasty and full.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 1 March 2020 via mobile

We always eat Indian and I'm happy to say this has rivalled the best weve had in a long time for an amazingly low price. My husband is a meat eater and was so impressed he doesn't want meat curries any more!

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Poori is good despite them being delivered and a bit soggy. Mango lassi is on point. Wish it’s a bit bigger!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 20 February 2020 via mobile

If you are in Melbourne, one restaurant you shouldn’t miss going to is Saravana Bhavan. Great food and prompt service. One thing to note though is that they do get busy and we had to wait to be seated. Its worth the wait as the...food was superb.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 11 February 2020

Typical of any Saravana Bhavans across the globe. same taste, same quality .. Excellent ambience, courteous staff

Date of visit: December 2019
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Saravanaa Bhavan is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4