GOVINDA'S


112 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 +61 2 9380 5155 info@govindas.com.au

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GOVINDA'S

  

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Govindas Restaurant and Cinema Experience: Open 5 days (closed Mon & Tue)

Bookings

Start your evening at Govindas and dine to your full satisfaction from our opulent buffet.

We recommend you allow at least half an hour to dine before going upstairs to the cinema i.e. dinner booking betweeen 5:45-6:30pm for a 7:00 movie or 7:30-8:30 for a 9:00 - 9:30 movie.

Dinner is $19.80 and a further $10:00 for the movie/dinner package. Movie only tickets are $14.90. As Govindas is a very popular venue we recommend you book by phoning 9380-5155 or book online by clicking here.

For late afternoon or early evening screenings you have the option of dining after the movie.

The restaurant opens at 5:45pm Wednesday through Sunday (we are closed Monday & Tuesday) and seats 120 people.  A long table for 30 people is available in our party room. For private cinema hire & screenings  phone Tony on 0425 333086.

The movie room is a boutique cinema offering specially designed floor cushioning for optimum reclining comfort.  Guests are encouraged to kick off their shoes, stretch out and really make themselves at home. Upright seating is also available in the form of couches and tub chairs. 

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Govindas famous international buffet

The menu changes nightly but always includes a delicious Indian dahl soup, vegetable curry, baked penne pasta, lentil pie or potato au gratin, cauliflower pakoras, potato wedges, rice, poppadums, bread & a variety of salads, sauces and side dishes.

We believe in giving value for money and encourage you to visit the buffet as many times as you like through out your evening with us.

You can order drinks and desserts from our friendly staff. 

Our dessert menu consists of Govindas famous cheese cake, a creamy chocolate mouse, apple crumble and chocolate or strawberry sundaes.

We offer a large selection of both hot and cold drinks including the house specialty, our world famous mango and strawberry lassi ( a heavenly fruity yogurt drink)

Weather permitting, you have the option of dining on our balcony and take in the weird and wonderful sites of busy Darlinghurst Road. 

Govindas wins the 2011 Award as the Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Sydney

One flight of stairs up an unassuming entrance is a beautifully lit room where friendly cluey staff are waiting.So is an authentic Indian vegetarian buffet and for under $20 both quality and quantity are second to none. Once you've polished off what you managed to fit on your plate you're welcome to help yourself again. The mango lassi is rich and thick, served on rice and breathtskingly delicious.

After dinner, spread yourself out on the futon-style chairs of the intimate cinema and enjoy one of three movies playing nightly.

Govindas has also recently been voted the best vegetarian restaurant in NSW and the fourth best in all of Australia by the prestigious Lifestyle Food Guide

Check out the latest customer reviews on the independant pretigious website womo - word of mouth online

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Media reviews

TNT Magazine   "Like they say - if you're in LA. go to Disneyland. If you're in Sydney, go to Govindas."  TNT Magazine

Ouffer - Really, if you haven't discovered Govinda's by now, it's difficult to claim that you've truly experienced all that Sydney has to offer.

Sydney Morning Herald "The daily planner lists Govindas as Sydney's  BEST CINEMA - ...After filling up at the vegetarian buffet, head upstairs, kick off your shoes & settle back on the floor cushions to watch a flick...."

Sydney Morning Herald: The story of Elly and Ian's first date at Govindas. "Govindas is a Sydney dating institution. For the past 28 years couples have been canoodling on the couches in the boutique cinema after gorging on vegetarian food filled with good karma in the restaurant below." " Ian and Elly begin their evening by attacking the vegetarian buffet in the cosy restaurant. Both happily call themselves carnivores and are hesitant to try the meat free dishes. "I'm quite surprised, " Ian admits later. "Usually vegetarian food has no flavour but Govinda's did really well."... "After desert it's time to head upstairs. Forget uncomfortable cinema seating; at Govinda's, shoes come off and patrons lie back on rows of long cushions that bear more resemblance to beds than seats. "You might want to have a coffee before you see a film at Govinda's," Elly sais".......Both agree that Govinda's is the perfect setting for a bit of romance...."

 

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The Sun-Herald - Time Out: "Pillows galore set the scene at Govindas...one of Sydney's best- kept cinema secrets. But the price alone is not what makes Govindas special. The cinema is a couch potato's dream. Prime position is the deluxe seat at the back, which resembles a shortened double bed. The next rows are a combination of shorter & longer cushions(with extra pillows)to encourage moviegoers to stretch out & get comfortable for the upcoming flick. The vegetarian menu, ranging from Indian to Italian, includes the best baked potatoes imaginable."

The Sun-Herald   "Big night out for little bucks"  "Sharing a cushion in front of a big screen might not appeal to traditional movie-goers but Govindas..is far from average. For starters, instead of charging astronomical prices for popcorn & junk food, Govindas boasts an economical(and hearty) vegetarian buffet. Eat as much as you like, before watching a new release or art house film in the intimate cinema upstairs..with big pillows & mattresses provided for seating..."

TNT Magazine-issue 131  " Sydney rule no:4 eat at Govindas. You have to try this city institution at least once... Tuck into the all-you-can-eat vegetarian curry, then chill out in the worlds most comfortable cinema upstairs. It is one of the best restaurants you will visit in Oz. Those who run a mile at the mention of vegetarian should be ready for a surprise, as the food at Govindas is fantastic, & the great staff & relaxed atmosphere make for a perfect dining experience. You're all set up to lie back on the plush cushions in the cinema & take in the latest releases.

Yahoo Travel: "This is the ultimate vegetarian meal deal. For a very reasonable amount you can dine and then watch the latest in cinema releases in a comfortable cushioned theatre. For years, this casual, well-fed establishment has been packing them in—locals and tourists in the know, for the endless, freshly prepared, vegetarian buffet and following movie.

De Groots Media: Everyone has to go to Govindas at least once, the venue that combines restaurant, movie house and holistic centre into one. You can visit just for a buffet dinner (from $19:80) but for the full experience the dinner-and-movie package is highly recommended ($28:60). Start your evening on level one, the restaurant. Many of the choices are vegan, and the simple flavours can be enlivened with condiments like sunflower and sesame seeds, mango pickle and hot chutney....The food is tasty and filling...  After dinner head upstairs to the cinema, replete with deep red chaises longues that you can sink into in extreme and utter comfort. It’s amazing how luxurious wholesomeness can be.

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Time out Sydney: Another vego icon is Govinda’s. Load a plate with architectural configurations of pasta, bakes and other legume and carb-heavy buffet finds like dahl and chickpea curry then embrace your inner couch potato by watching the latest in film on dangerously comfy cushions.

10 best- trusted advice for travellers lists Govindas as one of the top 10 restaurants in Sydney. "The buffet at this restaurant is full of vegetarian options, like curries, pastas, soups, and lentil-based dishes. One of the most unique features of the restaurant is the cinema upstairs, where you can sit or lie on cushions while watching a flick. You can also enjoy the buffet in the balcony dining area and then head to a movie afterwards."

Your Restaurants: "Govinda's is a bohemian Sydney institution. The vegetarian buffet is piled high with dishes from around the world, so you can enjoy delicious curries, bakes and salads, and go back for more if you're still not full (or just want more!) Then head upstairs, kick off your shoes - house rule - and sit back and enjoy a film in the comfiest cinema in Sydney."

Sydney Morning Herald:  Best Karma"If  you like your food killed in a caring manner, Govindas restaurant & cinema in Darlinghurst will ease your conscience. There you will find cauliflowers non-violently subdued before deep frying, & wedges made from potatoes killed in their sleep. After gorging on a vegetarian meal you go upstairs, sprawl on cushions & watch movies."

Left & below left: Patrons enjoying a spot of non alcoholic vino on the balcony.

 

 

What Ouffer has to say about the Govindas experience -

Govinda's, the Darlinghurst institution has been providing great healthy cuisine and films ranging from blockbusters to arthouse classics for decades, and has become something of a cultural touchstone in the Sydney scene. For $19.80, you can grab yourself a fantastic all-you-can-eat meal with gourmet vegetarian cuisine from around the world!

Govinda's menu changes all the time, but you can expect staples at their buffet ranging from dahl soup and cauliflower pakoras to wedges and baked penne in addition to the delicious mains. Everything on offer is so good that the Lifestyle Food Guide declared them the fourth best vegetarian restaurant in Australia - and the best in NSW! Even the meat addicts should consider shedding the incisor sharpeners for an evening of all-you-can-eat pleasure with food this heavenly. And maybe the fact that it's so nutritious will make you feel better about making just one more quick trip to the buffet. Maybe.

 

After you've filled yourself up, most patrons choose to roll themselves gently onto one of the bed-like recliners in the cinema to watch (or doze through) one of the films that Govinda's screens, although many turn up just for the food before a night out in nearby Darlinghurst. Govinda's also runs plenty of regular events such as meditation evenings with dinner as well as special occasions like cooking classes.

Perfect for a date night or dinner and a movie with a big group of friends or family, the Darlinghurst location and friendly appointment are ideal for a relaxing evening or a night on the town. Do yourself a favour and discover why Govinda's is still the go-to for delicious vegetarian gourmet and a cinema experience!

Reviews

Govinda fans rave about the restaurant, (and cinema). Check out these reviews:

Such a quaint, non pretentious place to eat! Lovely staff there, and the food is perfect. Very romantic, for couples that like cheap and wanna eat plate after plate infront of one another!"

- Chrisenhall111, Eatabiilty

There's nothing better than Govinda's for a mid-week treat. Their buffet looks after body and soul (karma-free vegetarian), while films take care of the mind. The "seating" arrangements in the cinema allow you to stretch out on long cushions, perhaps to facilitate digestion while enjoying the movie. You can tell the regular Govinda-ites - they're the ones who arrive right on opening time, eat at a leisurely pace (it's not uncommon to visit the buffet a few times) and line up early for the film in order to get prime viewing position. It's a wonderful way to spend an evening without spending lots of dollars." - Chelsea, Eatstreets

Left: The party room for groups up to 30

 

 The Hungry Girl

I really enjoyed the whole dinner and movie experience. It has date night written all over it, but it is also great for families, big groups (they have a private area) or a small gathering. All the food in the buffet was delicious, I could become a vegetarian if I was eating that kind of food (ok, maybe not!). I can’t wait to go back to Govinda’s, who wants to be my next date?"

Govinda’s Restaurant had been on my list of ‘places to eat at’ for so long! I was so glad to have finally crossed it off! I was so eager to try Govinda’s because I had heard great things about their Indian vegetarian buffet and the other drawcard? The ‘movie room’ upstairs! The movie room is a ’boutique cinema’ which is filled with comfy lounges, beds and chairs. It’s quite intimate, so I think it’d be a great date place

Firstly, the food! The four of us were pretty hungry when we arrived so we were eager to dig in. And the best thing about buffets is that you can go back as many times as you want! hehe. The buffet at Govinda’s included a selection of delicious vegetarian curries, pastas, salads and condiments, and the menu changes daily.

 

 I don’t normally order poppadum’s when I go out to dine at an Indian restaurant, I’m just not a huge fan (to me, they’re kind of like the Chinese version of prawn crackers!). But the poppadums here were thin and crispy and great for scooping up other food on the plate!

 The dahl soup was delicious! It came in a ginormous pot, which didn’t look too appetising, but oh boy it was so very thick and flavoursome!

 I love chickpeas and couscous, so I immediately scooped up this salad when I saw it. It was light and fresh and I think I went back for more

The cauliflower pakoras was really interesting! I couldn’t believe that I had gone my whole life without ever trying fried cauliflower. Whoever invented this is a genius! Crispy & crunchy on the outside and the cauliflower itself was nice and firm. I love the fact that it is typically a snack food in South Asia!

Ok, so we weren’t very sure what this fried ball was! But I think it may have been similar to a falafel because it did resemble the crumbly texture of a falafel, and there were definitely chickpeas mashed in there. Nevertheless, it was a delicious mystery ball!

 I grabbed some of these vegetables which were great with the poppadums I was so surprised that the buffet was so good! There was a high turnover of food on the buffet, so everything was really fresh.

After dinner (which costs us $19.80 each), we headed upstairs to the movie room (which is an additional $10.00 – bargain, if you ask me!).

We kicked off our shoes, reclined  in the lounges and watched The Hangover (that’s the second time I watched it – LOVE it so much! Lol)!

  

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