Kalachandji’s Restaurant is not your typical Dallas dining experience, it is housed inside the Sri Sri Radna Mandir Hare Krisna Temple. As you wander in, diners are transported to a private oasis. A cosy sunlit courtyard surrounded by lush greenery and the sound of babbling water eases all the day’s woes away. We didn’t know what to expect and were pleased to see several families already seated.
A gentle lady in a sari floats by quietly and ushers us toward the buffet table. The menu is simple, mostly vegan (unless stated) with changing daily specials. The hot items table featured green mung bean dal soup, steamed vegetables, cauliflower curry and peas curry with paneer (Indian style cheese), brown rice and my favorite, basmati rice.
There were crisp papadams and whole wheat and cinnamon raisin bread followed by a fresh selection of salads and home made dressings. The tahini dressing made me go back for more!
Kalachandji’s is a wonderful way to introduce children to Indian food as the curries and soups are extremely mild. Pikelet picked familiar foods for himself but he was game enough to try everything on my plate too – see the No Thank You Bite technique. He discovered that he loved sprouts and pumpkin seeds and went back for seconds.
We finished our serene meal with a lovely sweet vanilla rice pudding and a dense blueberry pudding they called halva. And while Pikelet & I are not vegetarians, we enjoyed all of Kalachandji’s offerings including the cultural exposure to the hare krishnan religion and Indian food.
If you’re looking for a healthy place to eat after visiting Fair Park and all it’s wonderful museums this is an excellent option. You’ll find Kalachandji’s just a couple of blocks behind the busy intersection of Hwy 30 and Grand, sitting quietly in palatial digs on a residential street. Pikelet was super excited at the thought of eating in a ‘palace’. I made no mention of the ‘vegetarian’ part before going, but after dining there, he didn’t even notice the absence of meat.
Ps: This post is dedicated to my friend V who eats at Kalachandji’s with her 9 year old ittybittyfoodie. Congratulations - we love new baby M!
Also if you were wondering where Lollo was… he was sick
Till our next Happy Meal!
ITTY BITTY INFO:
- Food: Vegetarian, Indian with a wonderful saladbar
- Ambience: Serene courtyard oasis
- Service: Welcoming
- Kid Friendliness:
- Itty Bitty Foodies Tip: if you are afraid your kids won’t go to a vegetarian restaurant, tell them you’re taking them to a palace
- Parent Foodies Tip: Great dining spot near Fair Park