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By Anya Krenicki
February 17, 2012

Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet

Govinda's is a bit of an odd one, yet it's a true Sydney institution.
By Anya Krenicki
February 17, 2012

Govinda's is a bit of an odd one, yet it's a true Sydney institution. In Darlinghurst, this vegetarian restaurant also operates as a boutique cinema and a quiet space dedicated to yoga, chanting and 'uplifting the consciousness'. Open every day but Monday, a proper evening at Govinda's is a cinematic as well as culinary experience. The gourmet buffet was named Best Vegetarian in Sydney in 2011, and at $29.80 for dinner and a movie it's one of the most whimsical and cost-effective date options on offer.

The buffet features countless Indian delights. Indulge in unlimited trips to the food table and sample all that the spread has to offer: no two nights are ever the same. You will find a few staples, including Indian dahl soup, vegetable curry, baked penne pasta, lentil pie or potato au gratin, cauliflower pakoras, potato wedges, rice and poppadoms. We love the scrumptious Kofta Balls in creamy tomato sauce and large Veggie Samosas. Fill up on these, and you'll find yourself just in time to catch your film.

The movie room is upstairs and patrons are invited to kick off their shoes and recline on floor cushions, couches or tub chairs. There are generally three films to choose from each night, all at different times, and these tend to cover the current release art house range pretty solidly. All in all, this is a vegetarian night out that's hard to beat.

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