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Anyone ever tried/experienced the food at Govinda (the HK church)?

Ediblethoughts Jan 4, 2012 06:32 PM

I've always been a little... hesitant to venture in but NOW used to rate the food pretty highly. I wasn't sure exactly what it would be like, the whole experience. I recall reading that to just have food and no religion that it was safer to go any day but Sunday. It appears they only serve dinner on Sunday and serve lunch other days.

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    GovindasToronto RE: Ediblethoughts Mar 8, 2013 03:23 PM

    I am writing from the establishment. To answer your questions...we run separate and there is a separate entrance for the restaurant. Also we are not only open for lunch but also dinner from Monday to Saturday and we are closed Sundays.

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      Ediblethoughts RE: GovindasToronto Mar 18, 2013 04:41 PM

      Thanks for explaining! I will put this back on my list of things to fit in...

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      Calam1ty RE: Ediblethoughts Mar 8, 2013 04:28 PM

      It's been years but I went on a visit and was invited into the hall for lunch. It was completely vegetarian and simple and I loved it. I don't know if it's still the same.

      1. Ediblethoughts RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 26, 2013 07:01 PM

        So I finally tried this and it was very good. All the curries were less heavy, more veggie dense. Like tomatoes and sweet potato and my favourite, some kind of melon (winter melon?) that was sweet but not like honeydew mixed with Indian cheese (that was much more tasty than I usually find Indian cheese). The dessert was a halva (so-called) that I didn't care for. My friend found the classic honey ball dessert better than average. No beverages served except water. And some interesting seasoned breads.

        It's an unusual buffet in that you are served by a person behind the food counter but you can go back as often as you want and suggest portion sizes as you are served. Friendly staff. And no religious incursions made to us.

        The surroundings are offputting when you first arrive---the high ceiling room has an old feel to it and when we arrived, there was only one person in the largely empty room. But more people filtered in over the evening, very low key.

        For $10 and the creativity of the dishes and taste-the-vegetable curries, I would definitely go back.

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          Vinnie Vidimangi RE: Ediblethoughts Apr 26, 2013 10:05 PM

          There is currently a two for one coupon on Onespout, near the end

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            MissBingBing RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 27, 2013 04:20 AM

            Why would you need a coupon to pay $10 for $20 of food when their ayce dinner is $7 a head?

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              GovindasToronto RE: MissBingBing Apr 27, 2013 05:32 AM

              Adult lunch and dinner is $10 per person, not $7. Kids are $5. Seniors and Students is $8.

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                MissBingBing RE: GovindasToronto Apr 27, 2013 07:03 AM

                Then why do you need a coupon if ayce is $10?

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                  Full tummy RE: MissBingBing Apr 27, 2013 05:13 PM

                  Wouldn't a coupon worth $20 cover two people? So you pay $10 but get two people paid for with the deal?

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                    MissBingBing RE: Full tummy Apr 28, 2013 05:38 AM

                    If it's $10 ayce per person without a coupon, why would you need a coupon so that two can eat for $20?

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                      Full tummy RE: MissBingBing Apr 28, 2013 05:40 AM

                      Because the coupon costs $10!!! So you get $20 worth of food for $10.

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                        pakmode RE: Full tummy Apr 30, 2013 10:39 AM

                        This was a very painful back and forth. Wow.

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                          Full tummy RE: pakmode Apr 30, 2013 07:04 PM

                          Epic. Especially considering I missed the darn coupon. Anyway, I guess I will go with my hubby and we will pay the $20 instead of the $10.

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                            Vinnie Vidimangi RE: Full tummy Apr 30, 2013 08:05 PM

                            Th e coupon is still on Onespout!
                            But wait till at least 14MAY to go. The person in charge of teh kitchen- the person with the exquisite touch- is away on other duties till then.

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                              Full tummy RE: Vinnie Vidimangi Apr 30, 2013 08:17 PM

                              Thanks!!

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                                Ediblethoughts RE: Vinnie Vidimangi May 2, 2013 07:15 PM

                                Really? Do you know if they left recently? (Just wondering if the food could possibly be BETTER than it was when I was there----if so, I'm going back sooner than planned...)

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