Ramana's Garden restaurant (closed Mondays) is in an alley-pathway that connects the main road and the Ganges. If you're at Laxman Jhula coming off the bridge, turn right, take the higher road, and follow the pathways through the houses and Ashrams to get to the orphanage. Go in the gate at the orphanage and follow signs to the restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere - the rooftop terrace overlooks the Ganges with no sounds of traffic. They grow all their veggies right there, and kids from the orphanage help serve so they can learn english and transferrable skills. At busy times, it can be hectic. Remember, if you arrive after someone, and they ordered the same thing you did, that does not give you the right to take their food. Listen for your number - they give you a paddle with your number on it. If they say "Number 3, cheesecake" and you are number 12, but ordered cheesecake, that cheesecake is NOT yours.
I've been to Ramana's several times. The Beetroot soup was earthy, fresh, and not laden with lots of spices, yet still flavourful. Friends of mine couldn't get enough of the soup but I would go back again and again for the salad. It was so amazing! It has tons of fresh and safely-washed veggies with a delicious sesame balsamic dressing.
- Saturday night pizza and movie night: the movie changes each week but it's usually something beautiful. The pizza (only one type available) has a thin crust, lots of beautiful fresh vegetables, a light homemade sauce, and very light and creamy cheese. Yak cheese maybe? Set meal cost 300 r one week including soup, salad, pizza and dessert but the next week it was 370 for just soup OR salad, pizza, and dessert.
- Tibetan Momos: not really representative of Tibetan momos at all but still delicious.
- Taquita: Not taquitos. It is a tortilla spread with beans, vegetables, and a cilantro-cream sauce. It was disappointing.
- Spinach Gnocchi: Best meal I've had there. Gnocchi were tender and flavourful and the fresh tomato sauce and yak cheese make it incredible. I'm drooling just remembering it now.
- Belgian Waffle: Not a thick belgian waffle but very cute and drizzled with a pear-honey sauce and sprinkled with bananas. Excellent.
- Eggplant Parmesan: very standard and good. Noodles were a little tasteless but eggplant was prepared perfectly.
In sum, go for the great cause, fun atmosphere and decent, fresh food. Non-orphanage service is volunteer but that's not what you're coming here for - you're supporting the orphanage.
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