Usually whenever you mention vegetarian food, people will say "no way as I love my meat too much". I used to be one of those "anti-vegetarians" but ever since I took the plunge to try the food, I have been pleasantly surprised with the selections and most importantly, it tastes good.
This particular place practises Hare Krishna principles - no garlic or onions to flavour their food but by some miracle, the food tastes great. We have eaten here twice - once for lunch and another time for dinner. For lunch, they have their sets. There's the Nava Thali Set with rice and nine small metal bowls with curries, yoghurt and pickles for a complete meal. The vegetables change on a daily basis for variety. Also available during lunch time is their Chapati set served with potato and bittergourd curries.
The Mutton Varuval came highly recommended by a friend who had dined here earlier. It's really good stuff with all the spices flavouring the vegetarian mock meat.
One of their specialties is their vegetarian satay which is only available in the evenings. They have been even featured on the local food show, Ho Chak for this. Even though it's made from gluten, the chunks reminds one of tender chicken satay. It's well marinated with spices and grilled with a slight smoky taste.
They serve the satay with an unusual peanut sauce that is not too thick but flavoured with curry powder. I kinda didn't like the sauce as I always like my satay sauce to be full of peanuts. However the satay was tasty just on it's own which I really enjoyed.
I tried their char kuey teow in the hope it would taste like the one I had at Blue Boy's. Unfortunately it was slightly oily and they had cut the strands of rice noodles which I hate. It had wok hei but somehow it didn't feel like char kuey teow with all those sinful items like cockles and deep fried pork lard cubes.
Splashie Boy had a Rava Thosai with Kheema which tasted not too bad but slightly chewy. This place also serves vegetarian cakes (saw a few cupcakes) and yong tau foo which is popular among it's customers.
To cool off during lunchtime, we shared the sweet and icy cold Ais Kacang which was filled with a kaleidoscope of colours - yellow, green, red and pink.
Gopala Vegetarian Restaurant
No. 59, Jalan Thambipillai
Tel No: 03 - 2274 1959
(Halal. Open from 7am till late every night.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.