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“Excellence and innovation in a most unlikely setting!”
Review of Lavani - CLOSED

Lavani
Price range: $7 - $33
Cuisines: Indian, Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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!
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Indian food in the UK is generally formulaic, and for the past forty or so years endless restaurants have been trundling out the same tired choices which are rarely eaten by Indians themselves.

So to find a place, where the best of Indian spices and cooking techniques are partnered with genuine innovation; which showcases not only the great regional variations of the huge country of India but also marries these with the use of the best local produce; and to find all this in an ordinary shopping parade in a Torquay suburb, is nothing short of remarkable.

The owner is Indian himself (from Goa), and has worked in restaurants and hotels all over India and the UK. He greets everyone personally, and takes great pleasure in introducing and explaining his food to you. We had locally-caught scallops and chicken starters, followed by a beef curry and a seafood medley (again, mostly locally-caught), although those descriptions do not do the food justice - they were unlike anything we have ever had in an Indian restaurant; genuinely inventive and superbly cooked with exquisite flavours.

A nice touch was the complimentary chickpea soup flavoured with cumin and coriander, to cleanse and refresh our palates between the courses.

The atmosphere is great too - the standard-issue flock wallpaper has been eschewed in favour of simple white walls, hung with canvasses featuring colourful photos of Indian scenes and life.

I hope this restaurant succeeds - to open such a great restaurant in a Torquay suburban side street is incredibly brave, and I hope residents of and visitors to Torquay and the surrounding area will realise how fortunate they are to have one of the best and most innovative Indian restaurants in the UK in their midst. We will definitely go next time we are in Torquay.

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2  Thank wirewiper
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

I recently enjoyed an incredible meal at Lavani's with a group of friends and I have to say, it was one of the best Indian meals I have ever had.

The chef is first class, talks with wonderful passion about his dishes and creates signature meals daily. One of our party was vegan and he couldn't have done more to help her, including bringing out a specially made soup/amuse bouche that didn't include milk, an ingredient featured in the soup/amuse bouches the rest of us were given. I had the Chicken Supreme with Cashews and Pistachios and it was lovely. The fig chutney that accompanied it was fabulous. I then had the gulab jamun which were lovely too, if not a little small.

All in all, it was a fabulous meal...I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good, authentic Indian.

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1  Thank TravellerTotsk
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Having lived down the road from this restaurant for many years, I thought it was about time we paid a visit, and I’m certainly glad we did.

It is like no other Indian I have ever been to, especially in terms of the thought and processes that have gone into each and every meal. The owner-waiter is very knowledgeable and proud of each of his dishes and is more than happy to chat through each dish in great detail with his customers.

The food itself was excellent, and the portion sizes were grand – more than enough to keep me and my girlfriend happy. All-in-all I would gladly recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Wow! We live in Torquay and can't believe we've waited this long to visit Lavani. We went for our tenth wedding anniversary and enjoyed every minute of the experience. The service was second to none and we were made to feel so welcome. The staff are so keen for you to understand and enjoy the menu and experience. The food was outstanding - we can't wait to go back as there was so much more we want to try. Really recommend this gem. The Indian cocktails are a must!

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Thank HBean123
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

The food was superb, we received a sample of one of the soup options.

There is a wide range of menu options. The staff were so friendly and explained a lot about the food and spices. The atmosphere was fantastic.

All round we loved the food, atmosphere, friendliness, options. Very authentic, tasty and posh Indian food. I would love one near where I live.

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Thank QueenOfSheba28
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