Offers several different dishes that you can choose and combine. Simple and inexpensive food priced by weight. Also some salads and desserts. Menu also in German. Vegans needs to inquire as dairy is used. Address: Фурье ул., 4, Irkutsk, Иркутск, Russia, 664003. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Hare Krishna
Furye Street, 4, 2F (northern end, middle of Karl Marx's street)
Irkutsk, Russia

Mon-Sun 11:00am-8:00pm



First Review by Emilykmiec
  • vegan

weird place, ok food

Posted on 08 / 28 / 2015

Normally i tend to praise all fellow vegans merely for their efforts in popularizing the vegan life style, but here i feel i need to be objective. Govinda for me was a bit of a disappointment, very weird place with indian music playing, serving ladies in saris, but the interior was as of old fashionable palace style soviet apartment. I find it very un cosy. Service was extremely slow, i dont remember when i had to wait in a queue for that long.. Queue being just 5 people btw. The food itself was ok, i had a veggie steak, cauliflower in white sauce and a pie with spinach + ginger drink. All costed just 300 rubles and was good home made quality. The only thing i did not like is that the variety of foods at the counter was rather limited, not that many vegan choices.. Good place for tea or coffee or quick simple lunch, but i dont thin i will be coming back though

Pros: central location, good food
Cons: very slow service, terrible interior design, not much variety of dishes
  • vegan


Posted on 04 / 06 / 2015

Went here once during my stay in Irkutsk, and found it easily using the address provided in another review. The place has a good vibe, and the staff were nice enough.

There was quite a variety of food to choose from, but unfortunately not many vegan options, and no vegan desserts. I had a cabbage and dill soup, roast potatoes, little potato balls and what I think was a nut meat patty, all of which was delicious. The other vegan foods available were rice and buckwheat. Make sure you ask the staff which dishes are vegan, as we thought some of the curries looked great but they all contained cheese.

Pros: Delicious
Cons: Weird payment system , Not many vegan options

Nice restaurant!

Posted on 10 / 13 / 2014

NB: The map marker at HappyCow is incorrect! Try googling the address in russian and you'll get the right place: Govinda, vegetarianskoye kafe, Фурье ул., 4, Иркутск.

Very cozy restaurant. The staff was very nice and friendly but didn't speak English, however we could just point at the food we wanted since it's all there at the counter and it's all vegetarian. We also had help from a friendly customer next to us in the line, so if you're vegan, maybe there's someone there to help you ask about ingredients. Since the restaurant is in the center and we lived pretty close, we even went back a couple of times during our stay in Irkutsk. The food was really good, I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Updated from previous review on Monday October 13, 2014

Pros: Good food, Many choices of food, Friendly staff
Cons: No English


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Last updated: 2014/10/13


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