I’m old enough to remember the first Hare Krishna restaurant in Brisbane in the days when believers wore robes, shaved their heads, and the buffet cost around $7.
Govinda’s style may have changed, but their restaurants were, even then, just as they are now, a sanctuary for vegans and vegetarians.
Surfers Paradise is no exception. Though overshadowed by its upmarket Broadbeach sister restaurant Cardamom Pod, SP Govinda’s is still well worth a visit.
Choose from a large single plate ($11.90) or the ‘All you can eat’ self-service buffet, priced at $14.90. Both include freshly made hot and cold dishes on display: kofta, dahl, potato curry and vegetable curry, as well as several varieties of salad. The plates are huge, the food tasty and filling, but it’s amazing to see hungry travellers fill up a second and even third plate, having chosen that option.
Desserts may be purchased separately for $3.50 – $7.50: cupcakes, sago (made from a soy and cow’s milk combo), on trend raw cheesecakes and raw caramel slice were on offer when we visited.
Decaf coffee, Chai and other teas on the menu, nothing too stimulating, as well as fresh juices to accompany your meal. Be assured that your food has been blessed before you begin your meal; you’ll be dining under the gaze of the gods.
3120 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise; Open: Mon – Sun 11am – 8.30/9pm; Ph: 0455 665 928
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