Govinda Gopal - Govindas

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Esmeraldas Oe3-115 (at Old Town), Quito, Ecuador

Hare Krishna center that offers a set menu each day which includes main dish, soup, salad, juice, and dessert. Sells wheat bread and other desserts as well. Also hosts cooking classes and events. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-8:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Salad bar, Juice bar

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First Review by Nibor6000

Hare Hare - Edit

Honestly, I have been to several Hare Krishna restaurant so far and never have I been disappointed. It's always such a nice atmosphere there, the food is always good and filling and rather inexpensive. Govindas in Quito is no exception, yet they have even a amazing venue on top of that.
So there is a large table with plenty of plates and bowls you can take food from. On a smaller table you find the salad bar with sauces and oils and dressings.
Sadly there are no signs indicating what kind of food (what it's called, what ingredients) there is. However, the staff will gladly advise you upon request and point out all vegan options. Once you have filled your plate it will be warmed over at the cashier's desk. They usually provide great gluten options; I was particularly amazed by their corn pancake.
Food was taste- and flavourful, however, don't expect a gourmet experience, since all the dishes are prepared at midday or something to be rehashed later. Everything can be eaten cold as well though, just a matter of preference.
You'll sit in an inner court of this Hare Krishna place, while in the rooms above you yoga classes and stuff are being held.
I was there three times, always left satisfied. Price was fair.
They sell some health stuff as well.

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Great Atmosphere - Edit

I stopped in here and was looking for something small to eat for breakfast. They have a room behind the tables with an assortment of items made and ready to eat. With my limited Spanish the woman pointed out to me what items were vegan. I ate a delicious apple turnover and some strawberry juice. I also grabbed some nuts, seeds, and granola they had in small bags hanging on the wall for purchase. They offer yoga and meditation classes as well so inquire if you're interested.

Pros: Atmosphere, Good Value, Close to main plaza

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favorite so far. - Edit

after 16 years I have never been overwhelmed by so many vegetarian choices. this place is a vegan / vegetarians dream. cheap, delicious and spiritual

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A lot of food for a really cheap price - Edit

When I travel I find that Govindas is a safe option to go with. Its always a friendly atmosphere with nice and cheap food, and this Govindas in Quito is no exception!
I tried the set lunch menu for $3 twice. It's a lot of food! Two people could share it if you're not extremely hungry. Fist time the food was delicious but second time it was completely flavourless unfortunately.
They also have a shop with other items if you're not so hungry. My friend had the veggie burger for $1.5 and it was good.

Pros: Cheap!, A lot of food, Friendly atmosphere

Cons: Lunch can be flavourless

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cheap and hits the spot - Edit

Got the lunch set for $2.50. HUGE servings, we didn't finish. Soup, rice, lentils, dessert, salad and juice. Dessert wasn't vegan so double check before you buy. Lentils were the highlight, but salad was also good.
Come here if you want a filling and healthy meal. If you want something smaller check out the other vegan shop in the same building. Has great cake.

Pros: cheap, great lentils

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great value for the money .. - Edit

this place is great, very good, very tasty, cheap food .. the lunch special is almost too much food to eat. the place also offers classes for yoga, meditation also has a great little store in the back with many hidden treasures, scooby snacks and they make their own kombucha .. kind, helpful staff with super cheap tasty food makes this place a gem amongst the other veggie places in quito. i honestly stayed in quito 3-4 extra days just to eat here. buen provecho

Pros: great value, super nice staff, homemade kombucha

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barato pero comida mala - Edit

Si bien el menú cuesta 2,5$, la comida no está muy buena que se diga... Al lado hay otro que ni probé así que si tuviera que ir nuevamente probaría el otro..

Pros: Precio

Cons: Sabor, demasiada sal y cilantro

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Top - Edit

Choix entre l'almuerzo à 2$50 et tout ce que propose la boutique (à emporter ou sur place).
C'est équilibré, bon, épicé et pas cher.
Le cadre donne un plus à tout ça !

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vegan options - Edit

Great set meal for lunch in nice environment with fast friendly service

Pros: cheap, vegan friendly, easy to find

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Good cheap food - Edit

I mean, to get a full meal for $2.50 is just great, but when the food is actually more than just filling, it's awesome. Friendly place, nice patio, good vegan options.

Pros: Great value!, Nice service!

Cons: Only one set menu, Only open three hours a day

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Hare Krishna... - Edit

Great value...

Set lunch included, juice, beans, rice, salad, & seitan. The portions were generous & the service was friendly.

Plenty of seating in the center patio.

We went upstairs to see other parts of the temple. There is a nice mural in a large activity room.

Would return in the future.

Pros: Good price, Good food , Spacious dining area

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tasty food, great value - Edit

little cafe in front of the Oki Eco Market, that serves tasty healthy food that includes soup, salad, main, fresh juice, dessert for 2.25 ... almost too much food to eat.. fresh and great value .. the store sells chocolate soy, pastries and even homemade kombucha .. a very pleasant surprise ... went here for lunch five days in a row and the food was always different and good ..

Pros: great value , daily menu, homemade kombucha

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Good Meal Stop in Old Town - Edit

You get a plate full of rice plus 3 or 4 other items including a soup and a dessert and a warm beverage in a steel glass just like it is served back home in India. All for $1.80. This is a no fuss, simple place typical of most Govindas around the world. This is one of the better ones.

Pros: Value, Taste

Cons: Limited choice

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also one in ambato - Edit

there is also one in ambato.the food is light and good.

but,,,wheres the hummus?? :(

Pros: price, light/healthy

Cons: no hummus

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So Cheap! - Edit

A delicious soup (chickpea, onion and potato), a main (zucchini with curry sauce, spinach, radish, broccoli and rice) a hot drink (juice with oats or something similar) and a dessert for $1.60!! Incredible. Delicious, healthy and cheap!

Pros: Healthy, super cheap, vegan

Cons: open only for lunch

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Cheap and healthy - Edit

We had the set lunch - excellent soup, rice, veggie salad, eggplant main dish, wheat gluten patty, passionfruit juice - all for about $2 a piece. Not bad, not out of this world. Nice people.

Pros: All veggie, Near old town, Cheap

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