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Published June 17th 2016
hari krishna, hari hari fill your belly with all the yummy vege
Govinda's is Hari Krishna at its core, with the typical vegetarian ethos and peaceful vibe, but it operates like any other modern café on the strip. Just beware that they have no technology, so it's cash only.
popular and oh so relaxed
There is not a saffron robe in sight, but the staff look extremely happy, healthy and content, and that calmness flows through the entire café. It is a peaceful little haven, but if you're willing to share a table, you can meet some very interesting people.
chilled salads and kofta balls
Choose from Indian-inspired samosas, pakoras and kofta balls; fragrantly spiced and creamy vege bakes with potato, eggplant or lasagne; pale yellow basmati rice, dhal, and rich chutney; creamy cheesecake dessert, sago puddings, chocolate mousse, or cupcakes. Tantalising, delicious and satisfying. Good for the heart and soul.
hearty $14 plate
All dishes are displayed in glass cabinets, and the kitchen staff are constantly making more, so it's as simple as point and pay.
The plated deals come in various sizes and prices, so you do need to make a few decisions:
Whether to eat in (and sometimes share a table) or opt for a takeaway and have a picnic by the beach;
To go for a small or large plate, and how many dishes you would like.
Whether you're in the mood for something hot or cold, or a combination
lunchtime $12 plate with sesame tofu
I find that the $12 medium plate of rice with a choice of 3 other dishes is a perfect size for lunchtime. It's nutritionally complete as well, especially when I choose 2 hot dishes and a salad to go with the rice.
large samosas for only $5 ea
Additional items such as samosas, savoury filo pastries and kofta balls can be an extra $5 or so. To avoid paying extra, I recommend including the kofta ball & beetroot salad in the $12 plate deal. It's a chilled dish, but I think it provides a good balance to the hot dishes.
chilled desserts and salads
Drinks and desserts The food is so satisfying and so filling, that only the heartiest of appetites could fit anything more into their contented bellies. I keep promising myself that one day I will skip the meal and go straight to dessert, and maybe even try their mango, coconut and yogurt lassi drink. But until then, I will pass the front display case with a sigh, leaving the baked cheesecake, chocolate mousse and sago cups for someone else.
Govinda's at Burleigh Heads
Be aware that they operate on a CASH only basis, but will write a receipt if you need a tax invoice. They do not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities. There is a Commonwealth Bank with ATMs a little further up the street towards Connor St, at Woolworths out the back, and at Foodworks in West Street.
hari krishna devotees in Surfers Paradise on New Years Eve