Thursday, April 12, 2018

Food of Vrindavan: Restaurant Ammaji, Bharati Foods, Govinda, Brijwasi etc.

Vrindavan, like Mathura is a complete foodie’s paradise! It has to be. After all, it is the town of makhan chor, the connoisseur Kishan - Kanhaiya!

The scenario of the street food in Vrindavan has everything that Mathura has to offer (read my food guide on where to eat in Mathura here), in abundance. So pop up the question "Where to eat in Vrindavan?" and rest assured, one can find a whole range of those hole-in-the-wall eating joints selling a variety of milk based products and freshly cooked street chaat to savour on the road side kiosks wooing you with their peppery snacks, famous sweets and other delicacies.

The wide range of spicy chaats like kachoris and samosas, milk based products such as khurchan, mava and milk peda and the curd based sweet coolant lassi served in kulhads (earthen cups) - basically all the famous food of Uttar Pradesh - are extremely difficult to be missed when in the town. If you are not the one to be wooed by street food, then check out one of the many Vrindavan restaurants or dhabas.

Vrindavan Street Food - Lassi, Mava, Malai Kurchan, etc.
Street food of Vrindavan
A food chaat shop in Vrindavan serving lassi, pani puri, etc

On the Streets: Vrindavan food - Pani Puris, lassi, aloo tikiyas, etc.


With such a wide array of authentic Uttar Pradesh Vrindavan food around, it was quite hard for me not to get pulled by its aroma! Nothing could stop this foodie from hogging - not the calorific count, no not even the thought of uncleanness or unhealthiness - there was no one I let in between my food and me! Each lane I turned into or each street I entered, invariably had either a fully-loaded pushcart or some sweetmeat shop peeping out from somewhere and stacked with such an array of mouth watering stuffs, that it left me wondering sometimes if all of these were waiting just for me!!

So then, let us not waste any more time and see some of the best hotels and restaurants to eat in Vrindavan! Let’s get going on our Vrindavan food trail!


1. BHARTI FOODS RESTAURANT, VRINDAVAN.

The market area is filled with little local chai (tea) jaunts accompanied with those hole-in-the-wall snack / sweetmeat / mithai shops representing the exquisite flavors which Vrindavan is known for.


Bharti Food, Vrindavan restaurant
Bharti Foods - A restaurant cum sweet shop in Vrindavan.

One of them is Bharti Foods. We came here during breakfast time and tasted their jalebis and khamans. The piping hot jalebis were crusty and crisp and the spongy khamans soft and fluffy... Absolute Yummy fare!


An array of sweets stacked up at Bharti Food, a sweetmeat Vrindavan restaurant
An array of sweets lined up in Bharti Foods restaurant, Vrindavan.

Gulab jamuns in Bharti Food, a mithailwala restaurant in Vrindavan
Gulab Jamun - A syrupy sweet on sale at Bharti Foods Restaurant, Vrindavan.


It’s a huge spacious shop and serves almost everything that you will find in the streets, all at one single place under one roof. The prices are reasonable and the food is prepared freshly in the mornings. If street food is not your idea, then you might like to have a look at this particular Vrindavan resturant.

What to eat: Jalebis and Khamans in breakfast.

Address: This restaurant is near ISKCON Temple and you can get to it via the Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, Bankebihari Colony, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121

Restaurant timings: Opens 10 AM | Closes 11 PM.

Phone No.: 098370 14080


2. HARE KRISHNA GUEST HOUSE PRASADAM,
ISKCON GOVINDA RESTAURANT, VRINDAVAN.

If you are the one who craves for hygiene and cleanliness, then think no further and head straight for the ISKCON temple in Vrindavan. Get yourself a seat in the prasadam hall (Rs. 25 for non members and free for members) serving homely satvik food.


Prasadam hall of ISKCON temple in Vrindavan
The Prasadam or lunch/dinner hall in ISKCON Temple Guest House area.

Prasadam hall of ISKCON temple, Vrindavan
Sitting area of the prasadam hall, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple


... or sample the delicious fare at their in-house ISKCON Govinda restaurant dispensing all types of appetizing dishes to the milling devotees. Just next to Govinda’s is their bakery shop loaded with yummy cakes, croissants and little flaky pastries!


ISKCON Govinda's restaurant and Bakery shop, Vrindavan
Govinda's restaurant (left of the pic) and Bakery (right of the pic)

ISKCON GOVINDA RESTAURANT, VRINDAVAN

ISKCON Hare Krishna Govinda Restaurant, Vrindavan
Vrindavan Restaurant, ISKCON Govinda Lassi
My glass of fresh curd lassi at Govinda restaurant - yum!

ISKCON GUEST HOUSE.

In addition, just besides the main temple hall they also have a prasadam snack counter selling a variety of eatables.


Food stall in ISKCON temple, Vrindavan
Prasadam counter, besides the main ISKCON temple hall.

Samosas on sale at a food stall in ISKCON temple, Vrindavan
Samosas on sale at the prasadam counter in ISKCON Temple.


Everything served in the ISKCON temple is reasonably prized... food is great, hygienic and fresh and one is split for choices as far as the items on sale are concerned.

Take Back: Red Herbal Tea. It is something special we got from their ISKCON Govinda restaurant. We serve it to aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and almost everyone visiting our place and they never stop raving about it. Not only is it highly effective in colds and coughs but also packs you with a lot of warmth with each sip that you take. Highly recommended!

Address: Sri Krishna-Balaram Hare Krishna Mandir or more popularly ISKCON Temple is a booming oasis of spirituality in the holy city of Vrindavan. It is one of the main ISKCON temples in India and internationally and very closely associated with its founder Srila Prabhupada located a couple of minutes away from the Banke Bihari Temple. Owing to its popularity, it is not difficult to reach the temple, just ask the locals about it. Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, Raman Reiti, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh - 281121

Phone: 0565 254 0021

Email: info@iskconvrindavan.com



3. AMMAJI RESTAURANT, VRINDAVAN.

Ammaji's is an Indian restaurant in Vrindavan specializing in Indian, Asian and vegetarian food. Though we never tried eating here but since ammaji's menu looks tempting, it's got great ratings and reviews on Trip Advisor, it looks like good value for money and well worth a try, so I am including it in this list of 'Places to eat in Vrindavan' here.

Ammaji Restaurant Vrindavan

Deemed as one of those places serving ayurvedic organic food, this is also the place where you can find for yourself a pizza in the holy city of Vrindavan. The indoors are spacious with the ambiance, rustic and woody bamboo themed indoors oozing an earthy, homely appeal. The food is moderately prized so it won't burn a big hole in your pocket. 

From the menu of Ammaji Restaurant Vrindavan
Ammaji Restaurant -Mojito, Vrindavan
From Ammaji's Menu (Pictures from their FB page)


Address: Parikrama Marg, Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan, Sant Binduji Marg, Ram Nagar, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121.

Phone: 099977 10000.

4. BRIJWASI RESTAURANT, VRINDAVAN.

If you are looking for another hygienic option, then this Vrindavan restaurant is something you can try. Similar to the food chain of Bikanervala or the other popular eating chains all across UP, Brijwasi serves everything you will get on the streets in the confines of the four walls in a cosy and comfortable air-conditioned room. We didn't try this joint this time but it certainly sounds like good value for money and well worth a try if you are in the city.

Address: Bhaktivedanta Swami Marg, Bankebihari Colony, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 281121
Phone: 0565 244 3363

5. STREET FOOD VRINDAVAN:
PURI, MAVA, LASSI, KACHORI, ALOO TIKKIS, PANI PURI AND MORE!

This is where the real fun begins – the constricted lanes, the cramped gullies and the narrow streets! You will find everything here – puri, kachori, mava, pani puris, pattice, lassi.


A chaat shop in Vrindavan offering Kachopis and samosas
A Mithaiwala in Vrindavan waits for his morning customers.
A chaat shop in Vrindavan with pani puri and tikiyas on sale
A thelawala or pushcart in Vrindavan lures with his lip smacking eatables on display
A Lassi (curd based coolant) shop in Vrindavan
The sweet curd based coolant - Vrindavan Lassi - served in earthen pots.

... name it and you will have it! The only thing that one needs to be careful of is hygiene and cleanliness, rest is... ah, paradise!

Address: They come with no fixed addresses; you will find them as you move around in the area, you can only trust your nose to guide you in the right direction!


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Vrindavan Food: Street Food and Best Restaurants in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
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Have you been to Vrindavan?
Which according to you are the best places to eat in Vrindavan?
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