Govinda’s, Darlinghurst


It had been a while since the last time we visited Govinda’s to see The Martian in their movie room after an unlimited vegetarian buffet dinner. We came across another one of their Groupon deals so this time, we booked a time slot to see the movie Sully which, on a side note, is worth a watch.

I received a prompt and personal confirmation of my booking via email from Tony who wished us an amazing night. With that, date night was on!

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Buffet spread

Govinda’s has an Indian theme, advertising yoga and meditation classes, and proudly displaying paintings and artwork. Their buffet follows this theme, offering such vegetarian and vegan delights such as kofta balls, veggie curries and dahl. They also offer a wide range of salads and other options like pasta bake, wedges and potato bake.


I kicked off my meal with Sambar that was of a very soupy consistency. Though quite salty, the sambar had a lot of flavour and substance. The fresh crusty bread provided was very high quality, with a lot of wholegrains embedded inside.

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With my girlfriend’s first plate, she found that the Vegetable Medley (green) was the richest of all the buffet options because of the cream, which makes it an instant hit with me but also made it difficult for my girlfriend to stomach. Like most dishes here, it was on the salty side.

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I got a similar plate as my girlfriend but I also got myself some Quinoa Salad and Lentil Pie.  The lentil pie was very similar to a shepherd’s pie and the gravy was very tasty, I really enjoyed it. I could see why Pakora, deep fried cauliflower, is a popular street food in India; it is absolutely delicious! The only criticism is that the batter was a little too thick on these but a favourite of mine nonetheless.

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For my last plate, I decided to give the Indian food a break and go for more western options. I thoroughly enjoyed the Garden Salad as a refreshing cold option. The salads are the unsung heroes of this buffet, providing welcome relief from the hard-hitting, heavy mains on the buffet. The Pasta Bake was one of these heavy-hitting dishes, with a creamy tomato sauce and not much to break it up.

To help wash all of this food down, my girlfriend ordered a Soy Chai Latte. The chai was very spicy, bursting with cinnamon and cardamom. It’s definitely better than most we’ve tried.
I opted for a herbal soft drink called Ch’i, a refreshing mix of many different herbs, cane sugar and sparkling water. The result is a refreshing soft drink that tastes of honey and follows with a hint of kiwifruit!

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There is a wide selection of beverages for you to chose from to accompany your dinner at the buffet. Many are familiar and some less common! To round off your meal, you can also choose from four vegan and vegetarian desserts. Unfortunately, we were too stuffed from the buffet to try them out.

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The movie room makes for a very intimate setting, with reclined sofa-beds for seating. I would like to see a clearer queuing system for the movie than sitting in the stairwell where it was hard to tell if someone was pushing in or not. Regardless, this was the perfect way to round up our date night and we thoroughly enjoyed the movie.

Govinda’s is a convenient and interesting option if you’re looking to have a movie night with that special someone but want to try something different to your regular movie theatre. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth a try and we’ll definitely be back the next time we see a movie we want to watch being screened!

Cost: The Groupon voucher cost $46.80 (Valued at $69.60) for both of us including the movie. Additional drinks cost $9.60.
Payment: Accepts cash or card

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