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.
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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I've been to Sagar a few times now because I enjoy the tasty South Indian food. The fact that it is vegetarian is neither here nor there really because there is so much choice I barely even noticed. The place was recommended to me by a South Indian friend who said it is really authentic. I would highly recommend the filled dosas - a lentil based pancake with various options for fillings such as potato or paneer. It is a tasty meal without being too filling like other indian curries tend to be. For something completely different, try the lentil pizza, but perhaps order something else with it because it can be a little bland as a meal in itself. There are also the thalis which have an assortment of little pots along with rice and pooris so you can try and little bit of everything.
Considering its location in Covent Garden it is very reasonably priced - approximately £7 - £9 for a main dish or a bit more for the thalis.
Everytime I have been the restaurant has been quite busy and there seems to be a good mix of people including Indians which is always a good sign.
The only thing that really lets the place down unfortunately is the service. No one smiles and the waiters are not attentive until it comes to paying the bill. We were trying to ask for some recommendations or advice when we were ordering but they really didn't seem to want to help out at all. We had to get their attention every time we wanted service until it came to finishing our meal and then the bill was just dumped on our table and picked up before we had had the chance to split the costs.
In summary - go for the reasonably priced food but don't expect much from the service.
One word to describe the experince-HORRIBLE! I have been to this place once in the past -the food was ok. When I say OK - its not in comparision to any other decent south indian restaurant- its just that if you really want to eat south indian food in central londonand happen to be in covent garden- its passable. BUT TODAY- foood was horrible, STALE IDLY, DRIPPING IN OIL DOSA( with a distinct STINK) , water like Sambhar and tasteless chutneys.
I have vommitted twice since I am back- the food made me SICK.
Additionaly on asking the mindlessly smiling server if the chef has changed ( because food quality and taster was horrible! ) he just shrugged off- didnt ask for a feedback and just took the money !!
In all , WORST FOOD EVER FOR ONE OF MY FAV CUISINE.
Read good reviews and visited this horrible place.
ITS A MUST NOT GO PLACE.
We ordered Mysore dosa which was MOST HORRIBLE WITH POTATO FEELING WITH IT WHICH SEEMED AS IF COOKED BEFORE A WEEK... (ROTTEN) I vomited after coming to my home. OTHER STUF WAS HORRIBLE TOO.
I cant explain it in words how bad it is on me now. Usually I dont write reviews especially if it is bad one since we understand restaurant get busy at times but here
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT QUALITY_ WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.
PLEASE DONT GO TO THIS WORST INDIAN RESTAURANT AND REGRET LATER.
HIGHLY OVERPRICED---BAD SERVICE---DIDNT GET FRESH FOOD
ITS DISGUSTING THEY CALL THEMSELVES AUTHENTIC INDIAN RESTAURANT AND QUALITY FOOD --NEITHER IS CORRECT....SHAME ON YOU GUYS!!!!
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.