Kalachandji's

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5430 Gurley Ave, Dallas, Texas, USA, 75223

Vegetarian restaurant adjacent to a Hare Krishna temple. Daily buffet of bread, soups, main entrees. Open Tue-Fri 11:30am-2:00pm, Tue-Sun 5:30pm-9:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Salad bar

24 Reviews

First Review by crunchygramz08

Excellent - Edit

Great food, great people and great atmosphere.
The neighborhood looked questionable, but there was a steady flow of patrons, and the interiors is totally serene with a temple area and open roofed seating. Plus

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Great atmosphere - Edit

Great food, perfect atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

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Wonderful experience - Edit

This place is so special. It's really a must see in Dallas. They offer a vegan dessert upon request. When I was there it was a really perfectly spiced delicious ginger cookie. Be sure to walk the grounds and temple and pick up something cool from the gift shop. You'll have a fantastic meal here with so much more!

Pros: everything

Cons: I can't think of one.

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inexpensive - Edit

Except dessert all was vegan and gluten free.
Unique place in Dallas.

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a must for everybody!! - Edit

This restaurant is a dallas jewel that happens to be vegetarian with a lot of vegan options. The Indian food here is delicious! DELICIOUS!! Come hungry for the buffet - huge selection - the RICE IS AMAZING!! Brought my non veg boyfriend and he loved it. Great place for taking someone from out of town. Sit outside in the courtyard!

Pros: delicious, fresh, beautiful outdoor eating area

Cons: prices went up (but worth it)

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Spiritual Food at its Finest - Edit

Amazing veggie and vegan food with a menu that's updated daily and ayurvedic drive. Their courtyard may also be the best dining oasis in Dallas. Kalachandji's even teaches ayurvedic cooking classes.

Pros: Great food, Ayurvedic, The courtyard!

Cons: Not close enough to my house.

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My Favorite Place to Eat! - Edit

Kalachandji's is not just a restaurant it's an experience. You enter the temple and are transported into another world that is calm and peaceful. The food reflects the environment and the servers are always very kind and gracious. I love the tamarind punch, it's so unique and tasty. The food is always delicious and filling. If I lived in the area I would come to eat all the time!

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Local on vacation - Edit

When I am there and sitting outside on the enclosed patio, I feel like I am on vacation. The patio is simple, but beautiful. The overall environment is calming and relaxing. Definitely a local "go to". Menu changes daily. Non Vegan options are identified when you don't see the dairy icon next to them on the menu board. Same for gluten. They use a wheat icon next to any items which include gluten. Buffet style. Salad bar, soup and hot items.. If it's not too busy, I usually start with soup and/or salad, then go back through the line for hot foods. Go back as often as you want. No alcoholic beverages served. If you want take away, ask for containers before you go through the line. They have great parking on the back side, parallel to Gurley off of Phillip Ave. They offer a Ginger cookie for vegan dessert option. Also, the cinnamon bread is vegan and tasty, but has wheat.

Pros: Unique and comfortable setting, Tasty food, Plenty of food for Vegans

Cons: Closed on Mondays

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holy cow this is good! - Edit

Wow I ate there for the first time and it is amazing, nothing fancy but there is a calming vibe and super healthy food. If you are vegan just ask for vegan options. Great experience.

Pros: nice staf, great food, different

Cons: parking

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Amazing! - Edit

Absolutely wonderful flavors! I tried everything that was vegan and each thing was better than the last! What a fabulous find!

Pros: great ambiance , great food

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Great Place - Edit

I love this restaurant. The staff are so kind, the atmosphere is top notch in the vegetarian world. They change the menu plenty, and have a great selection of hot and cold items. There are lots of vegan options, and will tell you which ones they are. The restaurant prides itself on using simple ingredients to make amazing meals. It does not disappoint.

Pros: Atmosphere, Staff , Giving back to community

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Allergy Friendly - Edit

Kalachandji's vegetarian buffet is very allergy friendly and vegan friendly! They have a very large green salad bar, fresh whole fruit, steamed brown rice, steamed vegetables, steamed greens, a vegetable or lentil soup, and several savory Indian dishes.

I am a vegan and I am allergic to soy, oats, beans, lentils, and gluten. I may not be able to eat everything at their buffet but I can certainly find enough to fill me up.

The wait staff has always been very polite and friendly. The waitress told me that on Friday or Saturday they have almost all vegan foods. I love this place! I have eaten here 13 times!

Pros: healthy, whole foods, allergy-friendly

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Then and now - Edit

I ate lunch at Kalachandji's recently after a 25+ year gap. I first ate there in the early 80s - the food at that time wasn't that good, but the atmosphere was great. On my recent trip I found the lunch buffet just OK, though one of the hot entrees (some kind of western dish) was old and not at all tasty. The best part of my meal was the dessert (suji halwa) - incredibly good; not vegan.

One of the 'pros' for eating at a Hare Krishna temple/restaurant is that they are known to be extremely clean/ hygienic (a big plus in certain countries).
The thing about Kalachandji's is that it is not authentic Indian food - it is adapted for American tastes. If you are expecting the real deal, go elsewhere. But for a different Dallas vibe, that's totally vegetarian with no worries about ingredients - this is the place.

Pros: Cleanliness, 100% vegetarian, atmosphere

Cons: lacking in taste, not authentic Indian taste

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Wonderful Place - Edit

We *love* Kalachandji's. I think their lentil soup is the BEST in the world! I asked last time we were there if they'd share the recipe. They were happy to. It sounded involved and complicated, which explains why it's so yummy and worth going. I'm always so satisfied when I leave there, not only b/c of what I've eaten there, but also for the feeling that I'm continuing my compassion... for animals and our planet.

Pros: Excellent Food, Healthful Cuisine, Serene atmosphere

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Very Nice Place - Edit

The day I went, they didn't have any vegan entree options but everything they did have was wonderful. The atmosphere is serene. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Pros: good value, friendly staff

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Transcendental experience - Edit

I can't express the greatness of this place in words. I was there past Thanksgiving and the lunch there was simply superb. After a long wait, we got to sit and enjoy the meal. Every item on the menu was perfect.

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Just so simple and good. - Edit

Once a week I eat at Kalachandji's if I'm lucky. Most of it is vegan with usually only 1 hot selection being vegetarian. The food is made from simple ingredients yet taste soooo good.
Vegetables, salad, and toppers. The special tea is exceptionally yummy, made with tamarind. The staff, usually the same person for us is so sweet and always smiling and soft spoken. The place makes you feel good too. I can't say I have ever had even a slightly bad meal because they have certain foods available everyday. Like the vegetables with tahini sauce. THey alternate only a little and therefore have little error, and since the dishes are simply made you don't get tired of them. This is by far the best vegetarian restaurant in the Dallas area.

Pros: tasty food, price, feels nice

Cons: the drive

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Best in Dallas - Edit

I love their salad bar! Which is unusual for a Krishna restaurant. Normally I go to a Krishna place for the Indian food which is also good here but I rarely have room for much after grazing the salad bar. I Love eating out in the garden and staff and service is wonderful. Price is extremely reasonable. The only down side is that they might still be using Canola oil for some frying and cooking and Canola oil is GMO poison. You might ask them if they have switched to ghee or coconut oil instead.

Pros: Great food, Great service, Great price

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Beautiful atmosphere and wonderful food! - Edit

There's nothing like eating out in the veranda at Kalachandji's. It's absolutely beautiful... and heated in the winter! The food is wonderful. The temple is stunning. The people are amazing. The only problem... vegan dessert isn't offered all the time!

Pros: atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff

Cons: vegan dessert isn't always available

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excellent! - Edit

I am big on the vibe of a restaurant. And Kalachandji's has it!! The energy in this restaurant is simply beautiful. The tamarind tea is delightful! They have this exquisite gift shop with the cutest earrings. And I haven't even touched on the food yet. =) The salad bar is INSANE! Great variety, and there is NOTHING (vegan of course) that I wouldn't eat with great gusto! Seriously, it's just the whole package. You can't ask for more!

Pros: great staff, health cuisine, great value

Cons: NOTHING!!

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Excellent, Peaceful Lunch Retreat - Edit

Not only is the food fresh, homemade, and delicious everytime, but the atmosphere is a refuge away from the bustling city..even if it's only for an hour. They have the best salad dressing in the world too! The price is great as well.

Pros: All you can eat, Heathly, Peaceful

Cons: Location, Closed Monday

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Great food, Good prices, Superb service !! - Edit

I wrote a lengthy detailed review prior to this one but somehow the website decided not to post it.

Just in nutshell. Great place for lunch and dinner. Good blend of spices. Great deserts. Tofu sticks and BBQ tofu are the best items. Friendly to vegans and vegetarians. Awesome salad and dressings. Good people.

Pros: variety, balance, price

Cons: None

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Great for vegans - Edit

Really nice entree options, fantastic fresh bread, and a great salad bar with good vegan dressing.

Pros: salad bar, dal, friendly

Cons: few vegan desserts, few drink options

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What about Kalachandjis??? - Edit

Kalachandji's is only okay if you like indian food. Since I am not big on indian food I dont fancy kalachandji's nearly as much as I do cosmic cafe. This is also NOT a good place to bring children or finiky eaters. However, you are able to get a good feel for a low price.

Pros: Great Pricing., Atmosphere., Culture.

Cons: Terrible deserts., Food is sub par.

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