Restaurants , Vegetarian Covent Garden
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The Covent Garden branch of this mini-chain celebrates South Indian vegetarian specialities, with dosais, idlis and Mumbai beach snacks particular treats.

The Covent Garden branch of this mini-chain celebrates South Indian vegetarian specialities from the state of Karnataka. Furnishings are a restrained mix of blond wood, occasional southern Indian ornaments, and wipe-clean tables; chefs seem to prefer to let their cooking do the talking.

Dosais (rice and lentil pancakes) are some of the best in town, and star on the menu. For dramatic value, order a masala paper dosai, shaped into a gigantic hollow cone (almost 30cm at its widest point) and served with tart tamarind lentils (sambar), crushed potato and diced carrot masala mixed with fried curry leaves and mustard seeds, plus an astringent dollop of coconut and green chilli chutney.

Beside southern specialities – like the spongy, steamed rice dumplings (idlis) – Sagar also covers Mumbai beach foods. We’ve found pani poori (crisp pastry globes filled with tamarind water) impressive, but bhel poori (a puffed rice snack cloaked in tamarind chutney) too soggy to recommend. However, prices are easy on the pocket and it’s no surprise that Sagar is a hit with students.

Venue name: Sagar
Address: 31 Catherine Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.45pm Mon-Sat; noon-9.45pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £5.95-£14.95. Set meal (noon-3pm, 3-8pm) £5.95
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Kailash M

Very good and authentic Indian food.. You get very cheap lunch box which has a very good quantity...


Grea tvalue for lunch - get a take away box for £2.95. It's worth being a vegetarian for your lunch hour!


Great food..they do a lunch box for £3.50. It's cheap and delicious, a bit more variety in teh lunch box would make it perfect.


I love this restaurant. I have been there about 5 times now and the food is fantastic at a brilliant price. The staff are friendly and I wish I lived closer and could go there more


Good call by Time Out. We arrived at 9.00 PM on a Saturday evening and it wasn't busy. The service was great. We went for the set menu offer- just £5.95 per head - the food is good and delivered quickly and there was a decent selection of wines. If you're looking for a great value pre-night-out dinner in Central London, this is the place.