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Respond to Review of Govinda's - Edogawa-ku
by JesseD

Review: If you're a member of ISKCON (often known in the west as Hare Krishnas, for their chant) then this is obviously the place to come, with the temple attached. As a vegan, however, I feel like I'm intruding on the temple, with virtually all other customers coming to eat after visiting the temple, and (as with most ISKCON institutions) little interest in or support for vegans. On my most recent visit (the weekend buffet) two out of the four main dishes were vegan (but they are never labelled). Moments after asking about which curries contained dairy, the friendly waiter appeared with breads, and after I explained about not eating dairy (again) he confirmed that the nan contained milk, so took it away (leaving the hopefully-vegan dosa). Then a few minutes later he re-appeared with roti instead - a nice thought, but not much better since they were all smeared with butter (or ghee). He gave up after that. It does call into question how vegan the so-called vegan curries are. The curries were typical ISKCON fare - not bad but a little bland and watery, especially the sambar. They had real basmati rice, but only white rice. The salad didn't have any dressing. I also tried the a la carte menu a few months ago, and had a so-so Masala Dosa. It wasn't bad, but not a touch on the fresh and flavoursome masala dosas and other South Indian food at Vege Herb Saga, where vegan options are labelled on the menu. If you're wanting a simple, filling buffet dinner in the weekend, and don't mind navigating the ghee and cream, it may be worth the trip out to Funabori, but the (lunch) buffet at Nattaraj is more delicious, healthier, more vegan-friendly and half the price, and less far to travel from most locations in Tokyo.


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