How was it?
Food: 8/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: $$

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 :)

The Buffet

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!

Indian Dahl Soup

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!

Chickpea & Couscous Salad

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 ;)

Cauliflower Pakoras

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!

Fried falafel-esque ball?
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)!

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 & Movie Room
112 Darlinghurst Rd,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Open 7 days for dinner & movie
Tel: (02) 9380 5155
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  1. i love their popperdums — especially when it’s all you can eat :-)

  2. Hi Simon: Yeah I like them too. The all-you-can-eat is the best part about it ;)

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