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An East Ham Social + Saravana Bhavan double whammy

Exploring is more fun with friends (East Ham Social Club? Who the FLOCK are they?!)

This week we were hit with an E6 explorers double whammy – we road tested Saravana Bhavan’s dosa skills with the lovely people from East Ham Social! Great food, great company, great location (because it is east, and east is best, obvs).

East Ham Social is a brand spanking new and sort of exclusive club. We say sort of exclusive because you should really live in East Ham to ‘qualify’, but you don’t have to prove your eastie credentials on the spot by having a hipster beard, demonstrating your love for jellied eels or doing a Dick Van Dyke impression (these are all things stereotypical of east London, in case you thought we had wandered off on on a tangent). Basically it is a group of friendly Far East{Londoners} keen to explore and support their local area by eating and drinking in local establishments. Novel, huh?

The official East Ham Social is on the 1st Monday of every month, where they meet at the Boleyn Pub on Green Street for a beer and a bit of polite chit chat but they have also been spotted trying their luck at the pub quiz and are now branching out to local restaurants.

Mango Lassi’s & Dosa’s at Saravana Bhavan

Which leads us seamlessly on to Saravana Bhavan (the chosen venue for our socialising with them there East-Ham-Socialites) and their Dosa-y goodness (the food that we did nosh upon). 

As avid readers of Blam will know, Green Street, E6 has some serious contenders in the ‘London’s Best Curry’ stakes, and frankly, wins hands down on the ‘London’s Best South Indian Curry’ front, so it will be no surprise to learn that Saravana Bhavan is a South Indian curry joint just over the hill of High Street North (if you are thinking it sounds familiar, it may be because the lovely Catfish Collective recommended it in a recent interview with East Blam).

Saravana Bhavan serve great dosas and appam, but the best value for maximum yummy-ness has to be the North Indian meal (yes we know it’s a South Indian thali joint, alright!) for its spicy biriani rice and choice of fragrant tapas curries. We also got quite involved in the Mango Lassi’s, and sweet sweet Chai Tea so both of those get the thumbs up. If you find yourself there for any reason, don’t forget to look up. They have a highly bling chandelier, a glittery Ganesh on the wall and colourful uplighting that changes colour while you eat. Most entertaining. They also have an array of indian sweets on offer at the deli counter, but we didn’t have time to try them (if you have, tell us about it).

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And our survey says…

In the words of Les Dennis of Family Fortunes fame, ‘and our survey said…  b-iii-ng’ (thats the happy noise, BTW, but its hard to make on paper!)

All in all, we had a great night, meeting like minded Far-easties and munching on curry. Can’t wait for the next one.

The deets – EAST HAM SOCIAL

What: A social club recently set up to help E6-ers old and new to make friends, build communities and get to know their neighbours while at the same time supporting local pubs and restaurants. Anyone can attend, as long as you are friendly, open minded, and not selling something (!).

Where: All over East Ham, so check out their Facebook page (below) to stay up to date. First Monday Club is at The Boleyn Tavern.

£££: Its utterly free to attend, but you have to pay for your own beer and food etc.

Linky: You can check out their Facebook page here, or email them to request to join their mailing list by emailing them.

The deets: Saravanaa Bhavan

What: A cheap as chips South Indian Curry Joint

Where: 300, High Street North, Manor Park, London – E12 6SA (020 8552 4677)

£££: £7.50 for a set thali meal, which comes with bread, and poppadoms, £3 for starters. £5 for mains.

Linky: saravanabhavan.com

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  • Reply You are 16 going on 17… – EastBLAM! January 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

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