Go-Go-Govindas! This place gives me hope for the vegetarianization of the World. The place is always full of mountain climbers, security guards and generally lovely people. Govindas disbands the image of vegetarians being kooky and a breed apart. The food is manna to a rumbling tummy and it wouldn't surprise me to hear the staff have had training days in How-To-Heap. The amount of nutritious and deliciousness that is benevolently bestowed upon your 'small' plate is akin to the sugar loaf.
I always ask for a 'little bit of everything', two fresh salads are the accompaniment and with a healthy glass of water, the total is 6.95 :O It is absolutely as tasty as Cornucopia and about half the price.
Its a hive of information for mind, body, meditation and spiritual practices that are going on around the city too. So have a gander at their noticeboard and ledge of leaflets to broaden your Dublin activities.
Love this Place! As a veggie it's hard to find somewhere totally veggie and tasty, friendly and inexpensive.
I've been eating here for years, the only downside although it isn't one is that you always leave full, even with a small plate!
My fav is the paneer, i'm addicted to it!
I'm not a veggie but for a simple, tasty, loaded plate of goodness this is hard to beat. It's unpretentious and does good food.
It has been quite a while since my visit and rest assured it will be the last. I had purchased this on a deal website and thought it looked great.. perhaps I should've researched it a bit better.
I thought great, this will be lovely (my partner is a veggie), I'm always looking to try something new. I was absolutely appalled as we walked into the "restaurant"- I would call it a glorified canteen.. the smell of the place was horrible however we proceeded to check out the food. Having gotten over the fact of the smell, I ordered some mixture of food and when we finally got a seat a cheap, dirty table, I tried the food. I stopped almost immediately and left within ten minutes.
The service was unbelievably bad, the food absolutely disgusting. I walk past this place at least once a week and am shocked to see that it's quite busy - this I don't understand.
I will never go back to this place!!
The meal is very large for me. Beet and apple salad is very nice and the brown rice and other sides are pretty good with the price. Only it will be better if the mix veggie did not cooked so long. I will make my next visit if happened to be around.
Best vegetarian I have ever had ! And the Consistence is huge (take the little plate) it's really enough ! And Goood prices
Travelling with someone who is a Vegetarian can be good too...sometimes. We came across this place which serves Vegetarian/vegan food. Govinda's is owned by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna group.
The food is healthy and made using fresh ingredients. It is also very cheap and you get lots of it.
The most memorable for me were the Samosas..dang those are kinda addictive. Nice selection on the menu and good choice of lassi and milkshakes.
Nice atmosphere and friendly staff.
My partner (in crime) and I decided to check out this spot.
We rocked in buzzing to the constant disco music and glitter that fills our little heads giggling about people because we are mean like that...
The minute we walked in we knew this was not a place for two dancing queens. I mean, I dig spirituality and everything, I really do, sometimes I think I'm pretty hippy. Call it a personal thing, I'm just not a huge fan of eating my lunch to chanting type music.
Yes the food is cheap and vegggie as the previous Yelpers stated but again it didn't really appeal to me. We got the soup aka flavoured water, thank God it came with a lump of bread, we looked like hungry dogs wolfing it down.
Folks in there seem lovely and you know... At one with everything and that's really nice but it just ain't for us two fairies.
I was unwillingly dragged to Govindas last year by a few vegetarian friends last year and boy, did I feel like a narrow minded arsehole after I ate some good karma eats.
You can get a big plate or a small plate and load up on the various vegetarian/vegan dishes they have for about a fiver and tenner respectively. Your plate is literally LOADED with food and it's all hearty and nutritious. It's generally wedged at lunch time so it might be in your best interest to get a portion to go.
Try the lasagne and make sure you get a slice of the homemade bread. Best white in Dublin.
Vegetarian goodness, Govinda's is a huge favourite with my veggie friends. I'm a carnivore but I love my veggies too so was really thrilled to try this place out. It's lovely.
It's a pretty small menu, but that's fine because it's all good stuff. Their veggie burger is a monster feed and very filling (€10.45) and their samosas are tasty treats (€4.50). You can sit in or take out. Either way it's a lovely spot.
WOuldn't call it indian food really..but definitely vegetarian food...and their portions are HUGE! Service is a little slow and the place isn't all that
impressive but it is fast food. Prices are fair...The food does seem to be a bit on the oilier side...and aside from an indian style dish they had 1-2 pasta type dishes.
Overall ok...I've definitely had better indian food..but hooray for vegetarian food in Dublin!
There are four Govinda's in Dublin - Aungier St, Merrion Row and Middle Abbey St. All are vegetarian and all are delicious. It's mostly Indian and European flavours they use and the food is so tasty. During the summer months they use their own homegrown vegetables as much as possible - which I think is pretty impressive.
Except foods like flavoured potatoes, samosa, bean stews etc. Now I am a major meat eater - to me, a meal is not complete without a big hunk of meat. So when I first experienced Govinda's I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it and how satisfied I was after the meal.
The location in Aungier St is a little small, and always has quite a few customers. it's known around Dublin as having a great reputation and it always gets great reviews.
They also have a Kirtan centre - somewhere where everyone is welcome regardless of age, sex, colour or religion. It focuses on Eastern Philosophy, Spirituality, Meditation and Yoga.
Have to agree with Vdots on this one (but will add one extra star just for the relief we felt at finding somewhere vegetarian in Dublin!)
Govinda's is just too damn hippy dippy for my tastes, and I thought it would be a lot cheaper too seeing as the place is canteen-style and the food is so simple. I found everything I ordered quite bland and stodgy.
It's my honest opinion that places like this do nothing for the vegetarian cause, particularly when there are so few other options available. For the rest of our visit we stuck to more standard restaurants and took our chances with veggie options elsewhere.
2 for atmosphere
3.5 for food
4 for the excellent, lovely owner
A lot of veggies swear by this place. My gluten-allergic friend who eats here every day for lunch brought me here -- trying to convert me from Cornucopia -- the food was good, but alas I cannot be converted! I'd say there's less variety and it's not as fresh tasting. But good if you're looking for some Indian flavors.
I had a "small" plate of the special...which is just everything on a plate. Needed some salt and a little kick but definitely tasty. I could barely finish half my plate! But apparently, if you come here enough, you build up a tolerance for the amount of food haha.
The wonderful owner gave us a free piece of cake (decent) to make up for the slow start they were getting that day and the lack of coffee (so sad). Much appreciated.
Easily the best vegetarian food I've had. The price is great, especially for a small plate with a bit of everything: it's 6.95, and very filling. Two could easily share a large plate, which is 10.45. It's almost always quiet, a nice place to sit down for a while with a few friends, or alone. Typing this is making me hungry.
Govindas is one of Dublin's most authentic vegetarian restaurant that i have visited over and over again.
The food is very affordable and incredibly nutritious and delightful to eat. Govinda's Special daily that includes a feast of vegetables tastefully prepared and served with basmati rice and salad. The Dish of the Day changes most days and includes healthy products like Moussaka, Lasagne and Gauranga Potatoes (golden bake potato).
I think one of my favourites is the Veggie Burger, which also can be made to suit vegans on request only.
I also love there drinks one called Lassi, which is basically a Yoghurt Smoothie.
If your a vegetarian food fun, you should make a trip down there, dont miss out!
This place is really cool. The food is really tasty and relatively cheap and the portions are huge, although they are served on tiny plates which makes things messy. The staff are really friendly aswell. Definitely worth a visit!
Mmmm Govindas. One of the best places in Dublin for cheap, filling, hearty vegetarian food.
The dish of the day is by far the most popular, which can be served as a large plate (€10.45 - enough to feed two) or a regular (€6.95). The plateful consists of a mixture of three or four different dishes. Despite the name, the meal doesn't vary hugely - always on offer will be subji (potatoes, cauliflower, peas and carrots, fried I think) served with basmati rice, lentil dahl, butterbean curry, and the Govindas speciality, Panir - massive hunks of homemade cheese curd in a rich tomato sauce. There will usually be one dish on offer which does change daily, like pasta pesto bake, or vegetarian moussaka.
The homemade soup of the day is usually a good choice if you're not hungry enough for a plateful of the specials - they do a lovely sweet potato soup, or creamy spinach and mushroom served with fresh bread for about €4. There's a few salads on offer too, a vegetarian burger, spring rolls and samosas, and homemade chapati bread.
It's maybe the only place in Dublin which I tend to review really negative. The food is on the level of an average fast-food place, as well as the service (it's a self-service spot, so I cannot understand why they call it a restaurant), and, what I actually hate most, it's unbelievably pretentious. Everything inside basically tells you, "Our food improves your karma". Ah well, it's the most lame excuse for not being able to cook anything tasty.
This place is the best veggie restaurant in Dublin by far. If visiting as a pair, get their "large plate" to share and ask for a bit of everything... It's only 10.45 (or 9.50 with a student discount) and both of you will leave the place very satisfied indeed! They usually have about 5 or 6 dishes per day - daal, matter panneer, lasagne, pasta bake, curried veg, samosas, spinach+sweet potato pie, chick pea curry etc... and if you ask for a bit of everything - either on a large or small plate (eur6.50) you'll get an enormous mountain of food fit for a vegetarian king!
This is a very unique indian vegetarian restaurant. Govinda's offers a buffet-style vegetarian fare at very low prices. They have daily specials (maybe a vegetable moussake, or a lasagne), and regular dishes like lentil dhal or an absolutely wonderful paneer in a spicy tomato sauce which I always order. They also do the best veggie burgers and I go every week for one, well almost every week,lol! Well worth a visit... and the prices of the dishes are a bargain!!!
Even for meat eaters, they may find they will not miss the portion of chicken or beef or so on as the tofu and flavoursome veggies make up for it! Govindas is inspired by buddhist, holistic approach to cooking and caters for those looking for the vegeterian market. When you enter the restaurant you choose the size of the plate you wish for and pick whatever you would like on the plate. Personal reccommendations are the pastries and tofu - delicious! reasonably priced and tasty food that is guilt free as it is so healthy for you. Govindas also sell their own little cookbooks if you were to be interested in copying any of the recipes yourself.
Govinda's is one of the best restaurants in Dublin.
After everything that's happened, Ireland is still a nightmare for vegetarians. I survive research trips on endless cheese sandwiches because that's just about all there is. Apart from Govinda's, which is an amazing restaurant, even without this dire context! The deal is basically that you go in and buy either a large plate (€10) or a small (€6). I always go for a large, even though its always too much just because I'm so over-excited! And then the nice man behind the counter says "do you want a bit of everything?" and I always say yes (I don't know what happens after this point if you say no). And there you have it: an amazing, bizarre medly of curries, lasagne, bread, rice vegetables, tofu piled incredibly high on your plate. And all of it is totally delicious. Even if you aren't a vegetarian the quality is absolutely fantastic and it is excellent value.
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