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“Brilliant evening, worth every penny!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lavani - CLOSED

Lavani
Price range: $6 - $31
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
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!
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“Brilliant evening, worth every penny!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Went here with some friends for my partners birthday and had an amazing evening , the food was beautiful , lovely atmosphere, cocktails were so nice aswell , Collin (the owner) was such a lovely host and could not have been more helpful, even brought out a cake and candles for my partner without us having to ask, such a good evening and will definately be back!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Brob450
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English first
Torquay, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Indian Restaurant with a difference”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Not normally a big fan of Indian cuisine but if it was all like you get at Lavani I would eat it more often.

Had the liver as a starter and cannot describe how good it was. Kedgeree for a mains and like no kedgeree I have ever had. The spicing and flavour of the food was subtle and the presentation outstanding. Tried the Indian sauvignon blanc and was impressed with my first ever taste of Indian wine.

The owner takes time to explain the dishes and is happy to answer questions about the wines and cuisine of India. The whole experience was simply delightful. Not cheap but price reflects the quality and is definitely value for money.

Will be returning.

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Barry B
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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“exciting culinary experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

recently visited Lavani whilst on holiday in Torquay and was delighted with the whole experience. service was impeccable and the host took time to go through some of the dishes and what they were trying to achieve at the restaurant. All four of us were happy with every course chosen and the menu was both varied and innovative . enjoy !!!!!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank barls-shed21
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The best of the best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have just had the pleasure -and we mean pleasure of eating out in this wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing - different from your ordinary indian curry houses - the food is a delight to eat - it explodes in the mouth - such wonderful cuisine with dishes from all over India. The service was fabulous and Colin the owner with make your mouth water whilst going through the delights on the menu. If you go to just one Indian restaurant in Torquay we highly recommend Lavani - and you get free parking outside too - an added bunus

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank tandylady
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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“Top Indian cuisine returns to The Bay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

I was gutted when Cilantro closed. This was an excellent Indian restaurant on the Torbay Road in Paignton. I was therefore extremely curious, and expectant based on the TP reviews I had read, about Lavani in Torquay. My Wife nd I took our two children (23 and 18) and their partners for a family dinner. The owner/Chef greeted us and took us through the menu. We ordered a different starter each and we all found these to be delicious. The Chef's home area of India majors in sea food so there are lots of dishes based on Torbay's excellent fish availability. our mains were equally excellent. It was explained that we could have requested more traditional UK-style dished such as Tikka Masala, Bhuna etc., and the menu is being updated to be explicit that these are available (apparently customers sometimes do an about-turn when they don't see these on the menu). My advice is be guided by the Chef and try something a little different but totally authentic. It's an eye (or rather tastebud) opener!
We finished with dessert and the sticky toffee being the stand out dish for our table.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank ghotine
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