“Agree with other reviews: good value, veggie, large portions, not an ordinary organization”
Agree with the other good reviews here - I've read the first paragraphs of a dozen or so.
What to add?
♦September 2013 means decorating for the southern Govindas; check their web site or ring to check they're open come October.
♦ It's self service. You ask for what you want to be doled onto a plate, pay, and then take your tray to a free table. Irish canteens and cafes tend to add ham to cheese sandwiches; veggie and low-fat food is a little rarer than in London, so Govindas in the middle of town is a good place to know.
♦ It's not just a restaurant organisation. We saw an eastern-looking precession one evening, carrying a large object under saffron coloured cloth on two poles along the pedestrian walkway on the north riverbank. A good walk, by-the-way.
Are the procession people the same as the ones who meet upstairs from Govindas?
Is this the same thing a bit like a faith group that gives out free food in London?
Do people share tables when the place is crowded?
I don't know the answer to any of these things - but I'm just saying it's coming at the restaurant business from a different angle to other chains and small businesses.
What else to add to other reviews?
♦ A member of at least one discount scheme for budget travellers.
The main discount cards in the UK and (?) Ireland are Tastecard and Gourmet Society.
You hunt around on the net for special offers for an extended free trial period, get your card, and make a note to cancel before the standing order starts. There's probably a free trial to UK and Ireland residents which is extended with special offers if you collect various coupons or keep a lookout on sites like Moneysavingexpert. I was on a gourmet card subscription. Govindas allowed us a small discount. In theory you are meant to ring in advance because it's a pain for people on the counter to know all this stuff unless their colleagues have warned them, but to save phone costs we tried asking before we ordered, said sweetly that it didn't matter when the person on the counter didn't know about my nerdy gourmet card, and were lucky to get a discount anyway after she'd gone to ask a colleague. I guess this wouldn't work at busy times or when there's only one person on duty: you'd have to ring and they still might not have heard of it or have space for discount customers. I said that this was advice for budget travellers because it's possible to become rather obsessive and boring on this subject, but if you search trip advisor for cheap beds, some of the cheapest are bunk beds in hostels near here and the very cheapest ones don't include breakfast, so the biggest cheapest meal can be worth seeking-out if that's the kind of travel you're doing.
My card also covered a bunch of indian restaurant and a salad bar in Dublin. It was hard to use without being on the net, but for the UK there is a printed directory too - I forget if it covers Dublin.
♦If you like cushioned seats and table cloths, more space, and waiter service, there are some other Indian restaurants according to my discount card. I don't know which ones offer what, but Govindas is one end of the scale when you're looking for low price, self-service, and a bunch of cafe tables to sit at. It gets good reviews for being central, serving low fat veggie food, and being a bti different I guess.
I hope to go again.
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