Kirsten Henri heads upstairs from Govindaâ€™s Gourmet to Go to Govinda’s Vegetarian. The sit-down sister to the popular takeout vegetarian. And although the atmosphere and prices are upscale, the service and food are letdowns.
The food isnâ€™t magnificent. The menu is in peculiarly antiquated 1970s-style vegetarian denial. Mock-meat dishes are referred to by their meat names. For example, tofu is listed as â€œchicken asparagus with saffron riceâ€ on the menu. Why not come out of the meatless closet and embrace soy?
The dishes without mock-meat products impress the most. Hummus is whipped into a brilliant fluff of chick-pea and garlic goodness, topped with pine nuts and served bruschetta-style on crostini (itâ€™d be outstanding on pita). A salad of feathery couscous tossed with broccoli and zucchini surrounded by a creamy roasted red pepper sauce is delicious.