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Melian recently represented Veggie Bunch at a Zomato sponsored event at Saravan Bhavan, an Indian restaurant in Rivonia with a huge selection of vegetarian and vegan cuisine on offer. Here’s how it went:

What a lovely evening spent eating incredible authentic food, meeting blogger and digital personality Anne Dolinschek and making traditional dhosas.

The evening was made remarkable by an eclectic mix of people from different sides of social media and food blogging, and Anne got to meet a couple of her fans. The event was sponsored by Zomato, for their #ZomatoMeetup networking events to get the famous foodies of Joburg together. A few guests got the chance to put a face to a Twitter handle and connect in person with Jozi’s food bloggers including ComeWineWithUs and joburgsdarling to name a few.

Saravana Bhavan is a dream if you are a vegetarian or vegan because you can happily eat everything on the menu knowing it is completely vegetarian and beyond amazing.

Going for the authentic Southern Indian cuisine served at the restaurant will rarely leave you disappointed.

We started off with mini ghee idli, then moved on to the main attraction of the masala dhosa. The dhosa was very tasty, so light and oh so crispy, it just complements the accompanying masala well. The main course was a mezze style platter of their signature biryani dish surrounded by smaller dishes of kara curry, lemon rasam, lady fingers all with a side of butter naan. They have a freshly stocked juice bar with everything from watermelon juice to pomegranate with mint, and is the perfect type of drink to go with the spicy food.

The dhosa making tutorial was the highlight of the evening and people nominated from a team got a chance to try their hand at it. It is such a simple method to make the dhosas and everyone eventually managed to create something like a dhosa. Our amazing host, Zara, went out of her way to treat us and everyone took home a make-your-own biryani kit consisting of lentils, an array of spices and an awesome cooler bag.

We couldn’t have been treated more like royalty if Saravana tried, the service is impeccable and it feels like eating at a family friend’s house. The decor is simple, the kitchen has a panel of glass to see into the kitchen and tables for big celebrations.

Thank you to The Veggie Bunch for sending me, it was a fabulous Thursday evening out. I cannot recommend Saravana Bhavan enough to vegetarians, I will definitely be a regular from now on. Go there for a big celebration or just to fill that craving for genuine curry made the traditional way.


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By Laura Cooke – Editor

Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.

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