Govinda’s is a chain of restaurants connected to ISKCON, The International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Govinda’s serve pure vegetarian meals based on ancient India’s Sattvic cooking. Sattvic cooking employs Ayurvedic and Yogic principles that combine healthy eating with spiritual consciousness. Thus, the dining experience at Govinda’s is not only delicious, but also transcendental.
While waiting for your entree, diners can admire the many beautiful artworks in Govinda’s. The below beautiful painting depicts the childhood activities of Krishna and Balarama. The two protagonists can be seen leading their herd of gopas (cowherds) and cattle. Krishna is depicted with a peacocok feather on his headdress and his iconic flute. Balarama, known for his immense strength, is shown here with his plough.
Krishna’s words have been encapsulated in the Bhagavad Gita, one of the holiest books in Hinduism. In the words of English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley,
“The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.”
Sizzler Fondue with Paneer
This super hot and super yummy appetizer is a great way to kick start the night at Govinda’s. Vegetables include corn, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets. And of course, the indian cottage cheese known as paneer.
Roti ki Tokri
This bread basket consists of Tandoori Roti, Parantha, Kulcha, Naan, Missi Roti and Stuffed Parantha. There were three of us for dinner and we were stuffed!
P.S. All breads at Govinda’s are baked in an authentic traditional Indian clay oven known as a tandoori oven.
Nargisi Kofta & Vegetable Maharani
I love my Kofta, so I was completely addicted to this entree from Govinda’s. Mixed vegetable balls cooked in a fresh tomato gravy topped with fresh cream. Heaven!
The Vegetable Maharani consists of exotic vegetables like baby corn cooked in a spicy tomato gravy with cottage cheese cubes. The predominant spice here is Kasuri Methi, also known as dried fenugreek leaves. Another deeply satisfying entree to try at Govinda’s.
Trufrut Natural Ice Cream
Govinda’s tradmark ice cream flavors are freshly made without using preservatives, gelatin and eggs. The flavors seen here are Gulkhand (rose petal preserve) on top and Sitafal (custard apple) at the bottom.
Rasmalai consists of white, cream or yellow colored flattened balls of channa soaked in malai (clotted cream) flavored with cardamom. The balls are cooked in sugar syrup and milk with saffron, pistachios and kheer as stuffing. The version seen here at Govinda’s is Kesar Rasmalai or Saffron Rasmalai.