Kalachandji’s Restaurant & Palace in Dallas, Texas
On my first trip to Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace in Dallas, Texas, I thought our GPS had gotten confused as it steered us into a humble neighborhood with older houses and big trees.
But then, I saw it: In what must be a relief to limerick writers across the globe, there is, in fact, a palace in Dallas.
Will they try and recruit me?
Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace in Dallas, Texas is located in a Hare Krishna temple, but don’t let that scare you off. No one is out to push their religious beliefs on you. Every time I have eaten there, the wait staff is so pleasant and courteous that I’m tempted to find more places of worship to dine at! Plus, I love dining in their garden courtyard with its stained glass windows and a gorgeous tree in the center.
Rock Stars and Rocking Reviews
On your way into the buffet line, take a look on at all the framed press reviews on the wall. Several rock stars, such as Todd Rundgren, Peter Gabriel and Billy Corgin have autographed photos here, as well. A thank you letter from Annie Lennox reads in part:
“You have created an oasis in this desert of slaughterhouses.”
Great food: it just happens to be vegetarian
Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace serves gourmet vegetarian cuisine following stringent guidelines, which they explain in detail on their website:
“We strictly refrain from using meat, fish, eggs, onion or garlic. We use only the freshest produce – no frozen or canned vegetables are allowed in our kitchen. Due to recent revelations regarding polyunsaturated vegetable oils, we have stopped using corn oil and now use expeller pressed coconut oil exclusively in our cooking. Our salad dressings are made with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and we use only turbinado sugar in our desserts and tamarind tea. Everything is strictly vegan except those items that are indicated on our daily menu to contain dairy, and items containing wheat are also designated.”
That said, plenty of omnivores come to this restaurant as well. Why? Because meatless or no, the food is really good! Take me, for instance; I’m a self-described opportunivore, by which I mean: if something looks good, I’ll take a bite. One reason I love Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace is that there are so many dishes to try.
Food here is served buffet style, and it’s fine to return for seconds. I often take a tiny sample of several items, then return for a larger portion of ones I like. The menu changes daily, so if you want to know what’s being served in advance, check out Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace official website.
While you can find plenty of incense, jewelry and other interesting items in the restaurant’s little gift shop, there is no Kalachandji cookbook for sale. There are, however, an ongoing set of cooking classes. For details, check out their website.
Address and Hours
Kalachandji’s Restaurant and Palace is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday – Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Lunch: Tue-Fri – 11:30am to 2:00pm, Sat-Sun – 12:00pm to 3:00 pm
Dinner: Tue-Sun – 5:30pm to 9:00pm