Today a coworker and I were talking, and she brought up one of her favorite spots for lunch. It's a place called Govindas located in the Hare Krishna temple on a street called Watseka, kinda close to Culver City. The way she was raving about how delicious the food was made me kind of curious. Has anyone been to this place, and if so, how is the food? Thanks!
I had some of their 'food' several years ago and found it to be awful! The hare krishna folks are not allowed to consume garlic or onions - the stuff I had was bland glop!
I didn't think it was that bad, but then I'm deathly allergic to onions, so it was a thrill not to have to be on alert and fish them out from everything. Going there is kind of a cultural experience (and you can get in a little shopping too, since they have a store with items imported from India). I'd go more for the experience if I were in the neighborhood, than actually for the food.
There's a sandwich counter on the left as you enter the building, where you can get something fairly tasty and relatively inexpensive -- or a vegetarian "pizza" which isn't awful.
The food in the buffet (sold by weight) struck me as fairly bland, but I had a boss who loved the place and insisted that we accompany him there once a week or so. The sandwiches kept me going.
Yeah, Govinda's is in culver city and the food isnt that great. Besides, I have a hard time supporting any restaurant where the proceeds go to a religious organization...I dont want them putting anything in my food.
Right around the corner from Govinda's is a little place called India's Sweet and Spices. It is an indian market with a mini restaurant in it. Though it may seem a little daunting for the first-timer, it is worthwhile to hash it out (waiting in line and picking what you want may seem precarious). The food is super cheap, very tasty, and has no god in it!
I used to go there quite often at one point. I like the salad bar - small but with more veggie options than at a regular place, great beet salad (I don't mean the grated beets). Their pasta as usually just ok. Some sort of steamed veggie options. Great daal and soups (often vegan). What I really love is the halavah - different flavor every day and always delicious. Never tried the sandwich and pizza bar. My brother claims the bima burger is quite good. They also have veggie desserts -cookies and such which I've never tried and a small selection of drinks.
It's $6 all you can, which is hard to beat. I think $4.50 for students and $4 for seniors, that's why my mother loves it - $4 and you're full all day.
BTW, I am mostly a veggie. But my mother and brother who also like it are regular ole carnivors. It's not fabulous Indian food but it's nice enough in there, no one bothers you (though yes, there is literature and you can hear the recorded chanting if you sit outside)and it's great people watching.
the food is served buffet style.
after you learn your way around their buffet bar, it is possible to put together a very decent meal for very little money.
everything is very fresh.
their salad bar, is, imho the best of what they have to offer.
this is, imho, good basic stuff, not innovative cutting-edge cooking.
it is vegetarian, though, and some people simply can't be satisfied by vegetarian food.
they do offer a number of good protein-rich selections so that you are definitely full when you leave.