Saravana Bhavan vegetarian restaurants can now be seen in most capitals of the world. Saravana Bhavan, established in Chennai in 1981, is now popularizing Indian vegetarian food in South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
Saravana Bhavan is the largest South Indian restaurant chain in the world. Its founder, P. Rajagopal, during his visit to Singapore in 1992 observed the functioning of multinational fast food restaurants like McDonald’s and used Saravana Bhavan as a model.
Due to the large number of Indian expatriates in Dubai, Saravana Bhavan opened its first branch outside India in the year 2000. It eventually spread to several major cities including Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York City, Dallas, Toronto, Stockholm, Doha and Auckland etc. This restaurant has gained immense popularity among non-Indians. Saravana Bhavan is sometimes referred to abroad as the Indian Vegetarian Canteen. The restaurant always aims to make Indian food taste like home even abroad. Saravana Bhavan sends experienced chefs from India to work in its overseas branches.