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Gopal Cochabamba - Calle Espana

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Calle Espana N-250 (at Gallery Olimpia), Cochabamba, Bolivia,

Vegetarian/vegan restaurant with typical Hare Krishna dishes. Usually offers two soups, two main dishes, various salads, and dessert. Has two other locations in the city. Call for hours - tell us.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Indian, Buffet, Fast food, Salad bar, Take-out, Pakistani

Reviews (6)

First Review by VeganSoapDude

Mostly Vegan! - Edit

I live in Cochabamba and plenty of times had lunch here. I love that there is a buffet of salads and that they have bolivian dishes made vegan. So if anyone visit Bolivia as a Vegan I suggest you come and try some of our food. The price is now around 3 dollars. you have salad buffet, soup, main dish, dessert and juice. Never mind you should be careful picking your soup and main because normally one is vegetarian. The same for the dessert. Never mind you can always find something vegan.
The owner of the restaurant is my friend and really good with vegans you can ask him whatever you want he won't get upset.

Pros: Tasty bolivian food, Salad Buffet, Cheap

Cons: Not to much, Not 100% vegan


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Tasty food, can also buy gluten meat to take away - Edit

Location was tricky to find, but it is very close to the Spitting Llama bookshop on Calle España, between Colombia and Ecuador. Look for the yellow building and enter through the white arch. It shares a lovely courtyard with Ñaupa House Hostel and a number of other businesses (Mocafé is also nice).

When we went, 20bs per person bought us a delicious lunchtime buffet. On metal trays, we helped ourselves to the dozen inventive and tasty salads, and were served one of two vegetable soups plus rice and a choice of potato and gluten meat curry or a gluten meat and vegetable skewer. Condiments of various kinds were available to spice things up. The courtyard is a lovely place to sit and it was popular with other locals. We left full and happy.

The lady on the till was very friendly and didn't mind my bad Spanish. If you order a day in advance, she also sells gluten meat (seitan) to take away for cooking at home. 30bs bought me 500g, which came in a ball for slicing, frying, roasting etc.


Updated from previous review on Thursday June 18, 2015

Pros: Good variety of tasty food, Beautiful sunny courtyard (with shade), Friendly staff


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Great find in Cocha! - Edit

Lunch is a buffet for 18bs, which is a great deal! I always leave very full. There are over a dozen salad-type things to pick from, and always a variety of great homemade sauces/dressings. The buffet includes your choice of one (of two) entrees (usually including a fake meat), white or brown rice, and a choice of one (of two) soups. The juices are always homemade and desserts are light and fruity. It really is a great place, but easy to miss! The name is painted on the outside wall/windows. Wonderful!

Pros: Good value


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Good Buffet (but a bit hidden) - Edit

The restaurant is at the back of a courtyard that also has another restaurant and a hostel (keep your eyes open, the sign is only a portable one near the entrance of the courtyard through a passageway). The buffet now costs B$18 (about US$2.50), and includes your choice of 2 entrees (one of them vegan), 2 soups, a whole-grain roll, and a lot of salad items/condiments. Mostly a mix of Bolivian vegetarian and some international dishes (some dishes were even a bit spicy--especially for Bolivian standards--and they did have hot peppers as a condiment). For beverages, they have mate (not specified which kind) and juices. The tables in the courtyard are mostly shaded, and the courtyard has a lot of character--a nice relaxing place to eat outdoors away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby streets! (There are also tables indoors.) Only 2 disadvantages I could think of--they're only open for lunch, and the buffet is a one-time through opportunity, no refills (so big eaters may want to keep that in mind), though portion sizes of the food they serve you from the buffet (versus the self-serve part) are good.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday December 05, 2012

Pros: good food, beautiful outdoor seating area

Cons: closed for dinner, no refills on buffet


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Nice setting - Edit

We walked around and saw a few small noisy veggie restaurants before we found this place. The setting was lovely as it was in an enclosed courtyard with grass (which was nice for our little girl to run around and play safely.)
For the price we had a choice of 2-3 soups, a big buffet salad and a choice of 2 of 4 hot dishes. Food was good, all food was locally grown.

Pros: Setting, Quiet, Salad buffet

Cons: Small portions


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Great food mostly vegan! - Edit

I just came from this place, and it is wonderful! It`s a one time all you can grab buffet for 13 bolivianos which is less than $2us. The food is kind of Indian, but not really, but very much worth the price. There were only two or three things which were not vegan on the whole buffet! If one time up is not enough, seconds are easily affordable!

Pros: Mostly Vegan, Good food, Great value

Cons: Not 100% Vegan, Not much!


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