Welcome to Govinda's, Denver's longest serving 100% pure vegetarian and vegan restaurant. We have a fresh newlook and delicious new menus. We're dedicated to serving fresh, natural, and organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine that delights the palate, promotes health and wellbeing and nourishes the body, mind and spirit.
About our ingredients: We use organic non gmo tofu, rice and beans. Most of the ingredients for our sauces, dressings and condiments are organic and made in house. Our breads and pastries are all made organic ingredients. We use vegan sweeteners exclusively (e.g., organic agave, organic cane and turbinado sugar and molasses etc.) We use organic produce whenever possible.
We feel that our vegetarian and vegan menu mimimizes our carbon footprint. In addition, we are dedicated to reducing our negative environmental impact by recycling everything we can. All our to-go containers are completely biodegradable. We also compost everything usable for our spring community organic garden.
Although our Vedic tradition is lacto-vegetarian, we are committed to serving the vegan community and clearly indicate the items on our menu that contain dairy products. Everything is strictly vegan except those items that are indicated on our daily menu to contain dairy. Gluten-free items are also designated. As part of the Bhakti path we do not serve any meat, fish, eggs onions or garlic.
For over 30 years, I have been practicing a healthy lifestyle that includes Ayurvedic and vegetarian cooking. I studied Ayurvedic cooking techniques India in the late 90’s and the art of higher conscious cooking as a meditation and the importance of creating a spiritual atmosphere of while preparing food with love and devotion (Bhakti yoga). This way of cooking and eating food in goodness creates a healthy body, peaceful mind and consciousness.
Over the years, I've developed recipes and a style of Ayurvedic cooking with an International flare, with my emphasis on organic and vegan healthy recipes. I also launched two successful vegetarian restaurants: Kalachandji’s in Dallas, Texas, which still today is rated as one of the best restaurants in Dallas! In 2002, I opened Veggie Garden Café in San Juan Puerto Rico, still the rave! I sold this café in 2011, relocated to Colorado and in Oct. 2013 Govinda's Garden Café was re-opended after being closed for several months. Govinda's is based on the same principles of Bhakti, spiritual food powered by mantra, cooked and served with love. In the ancient sacred text, the Bhagavad-Gita, chapter 17, text 8 it states “Foods in goodness increase the duration of life, purify one's existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, wholesome and pleasing to the heart".
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