Restaurant Reviews

Kalachandji’s Restaurant

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!

Pikelet's plate

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.

For more information about Kalachandji’s Restaurant & the hare krisna temple, click here. They even offer cooking classes.

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!


  • 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

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Hailing from Australia, Cheryl Collett is a global gypsy who have lived in over 13 cities. She now resides in the US with her husband and 3 rambunctious boys. She is a freelance lifestyle writer, recipe tester and food taster on Food Network. Itty Bitty Foodies lets her blog about her passions: family, food & travel.


  1. March 22, 2012 at 10:04 am — Reply

    One of my favorite places to eat.

  2. Kristin
    March 22, 2012 at 10:21 am — Reply

    We LOVE Kalachandji’s. And for those in the know, they have a food card! Like the Whole Foods Bread Card, you buy 9 meals and get the 10th free–or something to that effect. And the atmosphere is relaxing and sweet. The fresh-made raisin bread is a tempting treat for desert as well as the halva, which comes in a myriad of wonderful flavors that aren’t too sweet and that change with the season.

  3. What a great tip abt the frequent dining food card! i forgot i was in dallas when we were there – such a beautiful serene environment.

  4. March 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Kalachandji’s is just a few short miles from our home! I have been wanting to visit, but haven’t been bold enough. Your review is just what I needed to encourage me to go. I will be taking “Mr. Bread” and Baby F there soon. Hope Lollo is back in the pink!

  5. March 23, 2012 at 1:44 am — Reply

    Hi Cheryl,

    How are you? My name is Hari. I work at Kalachandji’s. I really enjoyed reading your little write-up and am glad that you and your little ones enjoyed the experience. Would you mind if I shared this on our Facebook page? I just wanted to check with you since I wasn’t sure if there was any personal info (being that its about kids and all) on the blog that you might not want thousands of people to see.


  6. Frency
    March 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    I love this place! It has amazing food and a great salad bar. I’m not a vegan or anything of the sort but do know how to appreciate great cooking. Although the area looks a bit wild but this is a complete PALACE. It does not feel like dry Texas in here ;)

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