I had been to Okachimachi’s Vege Herb Saga previously for lunch, and though the somewhat high price and lack of variation within their lunch thali left me less enthused than, say, Andrha Kitchen (do I talk about Andrha too much?) I was still very impressed by the deep flavour of Saga’s Dal Makhani and exquisitely rich and flaky Poori. I was confident that we’d find some vegan options on their dinner menu; whilst Saga is strictly vegetarian in all of their dishes, they do use butter, cream and other non-vegan products for some menu items. Happily, the vast evening menu that greeted us actually goes so far as to list vegan-friendly items with a green star - very helpful of course, and better still the number of starred dishes left us with no shortage of options. Both being quite hungry, we decided to go for broke and order a wide variety of lovely sounding dishes, some of which I had never eaten before. After greedily slurping down the spicy and delicate broth referred to by the staff as “welcome soup”, together with a crispy papad, our orders started to roll in.
Next came a vegetable Biryani flavourful and plentiful enough to compete with the best in town, accompanied by a wonderful cooling Raita. Naturally my vegan friend couldn’t partake in the latter, but the Dal Tadka (a simple yellow lentil curry) we’d ordered went brilliantly well with the Biryani too.
Get some friends together and go wild at Vege Herb Saga one night. You won’t miss the booze, you won’t miss the meat, but you’ll miss the food the next day, as I have since I went. I know I’ll be there again soon.