When you want flavour, you've got to go Indian. But if you're tired of the same old Chicken Tikka Masala, South Indian cuisine is all that and then some. Just look at how they do things at Sagar Vegetarian, from traditional thalis to classic curries, they make every mouthful sing. And the good news doesn't stop there, everything you find here is completely veggie-friendly…
With chefs originating from the Western Ghats region of India, you know you're going to get that air of authenticity in everything down to the last grain of rice here. Their selection of starters are South Indian superstars, balancing the best of punchy spice and full-throttle flavour so well that even the loyalest of carnivores will find something to love. Check out the Kancheepuram Idli – where rice and lentil dumplings are met with green chilli, pepper and cashew nuts, served up with red chutney and sambar – and you'll see what we're getting at.
Starters aside, what you're really excited about is the selection of classic curries, right? Sagar spins the fresh veggies that are popular in the south with signature spices to create unforgettable flavours. For something fresh, the Channa Masala's tomatoey finish is all that and more. We love the Vegetable Kootu though, this one's a real smooth-talking number, with mixed veg cooked up in coconut, cashews, cream and a homemade blend of spices.
Mixing things up
Taking the excitement of South Indian cuisine and bringing it to London is only one part of Sagar's magic. Not only do they now have four restaurants across the capital, but they're taking traditional recipes and breath of fresh air to the curry classics popular here in the UK.
Just look at their thalis, a signature South Indian dining style. Different traditional dishes are served on a platter and come with all the trimmings. Choose between three curated wonders here, each bundling in a unique combination of pappadums, sauces, curry, sides, breads and dessert.
Signature specials with something on the side
But Sagar is more than just the South Indian staples and fun flirty flavours. They've got a few standout specials that start as unmissables and end as unforgettables – just like the Uthappams. These fragrant lentil pizzas are simple yet exciting, topped to the nines with everything from onion to chilli, coconut to cheese.
And if you've still got room for more, ride the South Indian vibe all the way to the end with some traditional desserts. For something light, go for the Srikand, where creamy homemade yoghurt is met with sugar, saffron and cardamoms. The Payasam is a bit more indulgent, a hot pudding made with cermicelli, milk, sugar, nuts and raisins.