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“Great meal at Lavani!” 5 of 5 stars
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Lavani
35 Ilsham Road, | Wellswood Village,Near Kent's Cavern,TQ1 2JG., Torquay TQ1 2JG, England
+44 1803 203040
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Ranked #45 of 266 Restaurants in Torquay
Price range: $8 - $39
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Experience the uncomprehendingly mysterious power of culinary India at Lavani.With two prestigious awards in its first year of trading (AAA Award Of Excellence & Taste of the West-Gold Award), Lavani is a speciality Indian restaurant with an accent of regional Indian and Anglo-Indian cuisine for the global palate.Light,modern and sophisticated dishes that pay homage to the power of culinary India,defines Lavani. Situated only a short walk away from Kents Cavern, English Riviera's most beautiful coves (Meadfoot and Ansteys) and the famous South West Coastal Path we pride ourselves on the quality of service and quality of our ingredients.• Mild, subtle and delicate Flavours of India• Cookery Demo and Dinner Evenings• Imaginative Indian cocktail and Indian wines• 20% Discount Senior citizens card• 15% Discount Hospitality Card• Complimentary Birthday Package• Winter Warmer Menu• Live Music Evenings•LAVANI DIY Spice Packs & Marinades. Party Menu. We are delightful in many ways. While for some it is one of the finest speciality Indian restaurants, to others it is an amazing English Riviera retreat. And there are those that love it for its rose water and saffron marinated walls studded with themed art, red chilli flavoured chairs, buttermilk swish linen and its friendly family feel. Imaginative cuisine, undeniably happening ambience, the flavours, the aroma, the live cooking sounds and the artistic display, presented with the Lavani signature of hospitality. All come together in perfect harmony in an exciting new avatar! Our Cuisine: Careful blending of genuine Indian cooking traditions with high quality, high-end British high in protein, low in fat ingredients not often found in Indian cuisine such as scallops,wild boar,goat,lobster,mutton,wood pigeon,venison,caviar,quail, calf's liver,ostrich and more creates unique and distinct dishes.We take away the heaviness usually akin to Indian dishes and we're focusing on minimising the usage of oil and fat.The extremely comprehensive menu of dishes demonstrates how ancient wisdom and regional traditional cooking styles have been blended with British traditions evolving to become what we get on our plates today.Dig in! Be thrilled! Let the spirit of Lavani enliven you!
Devon UK
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12 restaurant reviews
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94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
“Great meal at Lavani!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Tried Lavani last night- superb meal- every mouthful a delicious flavour.I had soft and tasty Brixham scallops to start perfectly cooked with honey , ginger and papaya, my husband had a pigeon breast cooked with lovely spices. Main courses we had were Devon pork loin with a Goan Vindaloo sauce ( tasty but not too hot), and lamb shank cooked slowly in a flavoursome and delicately spiced sauce. Mango mousse and Rose Creme Brulee for desserts. Really the menu is adventurous and always well executed, and is very reasonable for the quality of food served. I would recommend booking as there were a few people who did not get a table on spec, but it was a Saturday night.-Nice to see fresh, light and imaginative anglo-indian food served beautifully, using local produce.- Very highly recommended!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A little different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Very nice decor - food well presented and very different type of Indian - ask for help with choosing - lovely area and friendly staff - you may have to wait for food at busy times but it's worth it

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great food !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Great food, excellent service, never had an Indian meal like it !!! Most amazing !
Will definitely go again a lovely experience

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, UK
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Excellent meal, fantastic service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This one's a real gem in Torquay - the owner spares no effort to make guests feel welcome and relaxed. The food is absolutely top notch in terms of presentation and taste - the best Indian meal I've had in a long time, if not ever. Would definately return.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A welcome change”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Great service and incredible food, it was a welcome change to the more usual restaurant style curry and beer fest. The flavours were delicate, well thought out and expertly combined, portion size was just right. The restaurant was a little dark for my liking but that’s neither here nor there. If you like a little heat try the cilantro cocktail its unbelievably good, I had two.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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