Respond to Review of Govinda's
by Gado-Gado Gal
Review: Original review 09/28/2012: I don't know why this place isn't more popular. Perhaps the location? Whatever it is, forget about it. Go there and enjoy this food! Like the other vegetarian restaurants in Pereira, lunch includes soup, a full plate meal, a drink, and a small dessert. But it excels. Lunch includes a gorgeous fresh, green leaf lettuce salad along with an Indian-style meal (lots of vegetables!). What a bit of mana to see green leaf lettuce instead of iceberg! Today's lunch was a squash soup, very lightly breaded spinach pakoras, tomatoey aloo gobi, rice, salad, a pineapple dessert, choice of coconut milk or aromatic iced tea. (COP 6500 as of 09/2012) The restaurant is on the second floor of an old style building, warmly decorated. They also sell body care products free of synthetic ingredients, and host morning yoga classes on Sundays. Update 02/03/2013: First, my first visit (upon which my first review was based) was early in the middle of the week. I've now visited several times on virtually all days of the week. This place is even more popular than Flor de Loto. If you arrive close to 2pm, they'll likely have run out of food. Second, I've realized that what makes this place better than all the other options in Pereira, in my and my Colombian partner's opinion, is that it's not Colombian food with the meat taken out, and uses mock meats minimally. Colombian dishes with meat taken out or a mock-meat substituted tends to be the fare at other places. Colombian food is often bland, with multiple carbs, and IF vegetables are included then they've been boiled to be equally as bland as the rest of the meal. That's what you'll find at a lot of vegetarian restaurants here. I think when I first arrived I was just happy to have a meat-free meal, so I think my earlier ratings were higher than I might rate them now after eating at this restaurant (time to revise the other reviews too!). The food at the Hare Krishna restaurant occasionally gives a nod to a Colombian dish, but is usually Indian-inspired with different spices, lots of vegetables, and hence lots of flavor. Last Friday of the month is the best with a huge array of dishes. Third, I've recently made friends with a vegetarian Colombian family, and Restaurante Hare Krishna is their favorite by far, and they've tried them all.