Are you after a laid back night out, a bite to eat and a movie of the more spiritual kind? Then Govindas is possibly for you!
In 1974 Tony became a dedicated Hare Krishna and opened Govinda’s in 1980. He has 20 dedicated staff; both Hare Krishna’s and non religious people but have a spiritual side, practice yoga and are vegetarians.
Karuma Krishna is the head chef; everyone calls him “KK”. He cooks the food with love and devotion and the food is ‘spiritually sanctified’ before being served.
Happy food that tastes great is Govinda’s trademark and Govinda’s means a place for pleasure, love and happiness, a reservoir of all things good!
About 70% of people do the dinner/movie deal, 25% dinner only
and 5% just see the movie. We recommended you make restaurant bookings, cinema tickets are first come first served basis.
We suggest you arrive before 6.30pm if you are watching the first movie or between 7.45pm and 8.15pm if you are watching the later session.
The restaurant seats 120 people, including balcony dining, cushions for 54 in the cinema. The long table in the party room seats 30, ideal for any celebration!
Children under the age of 5 years are not encouraged into the cinema because of their restless/annoying nature!
Indulge your taste buds in the all you can eat vegetarian buffet; Dahl: A south Indian lentil soup, Subji: A sautéed, lightly spiced dish with tofu or curd, rice, a baked dish, an Italian style pasta, potato wedges, Pakoras: deep fried batter encrusted cauliflowers, Pappadams and an assortment of breads, salads, side dishes and condiments.
At Govinda’s you can have a taste of what the Hare Krishna people eat… it’s very wholesome, all natural, healthy and non-violent.
Finish your feast with a choice of 4 desserts; Deep fried sweet balls marinated in rose syrup, Chocolate Mousse, Govinda’s Cheesecake or Apple Crumble.
80% of the clientele are in there 20’s and it’s a very eclectic mix of inner city people. If you are more on the alternate side, after something a little different, not necessarily a spiritual person by any means.
There are a huge range of movies on offer, more ‘Art House” style, some Retro, some mystical, older films from the 50’s and 60’s do feature also.
In the past, some of the more carefree, spiritual minded people have actually changed into there pyjama’s to watch the movie!! And some even catch a few Z’s and snore!
It’s the prefect environment for a pillow fight, some groups have been known to get a little bit carried away and it’s on for young and old.
Some of the colourful, more famous faces eating at Govinda’s are Natalie Portland (Star Wars), Kevin Costner, Lawrence Fishburn (Matrix), vegetarian herself, Delta and some of the cast from Macleod’s Daughters.