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“fresh and delicious”

Ramana’s Organic Cafe
Ranked #3 of 160 Restaurants in Rishikesh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Our cafe, opened in 2006, provides customers with a relaxing atmosphere. On warm sunny days you can lounge on the upstairs patio, situated above the Ganges River overlooking both the holy river and a bubbling creek surrounded by flowers and trees. On chilly winter days the fireplace is ablaze providing a warm abode to relax and read a book with a cup of warm Masala Chai. Enjoy a variety of our own organically grown salads and vegetables, homemade soups, and fresh baked goods. All our vegetables and most of our fruit are grown in our surrounding gardens and prepared on site by our talented young chefs, many who have been trained hands-on by international chefs. ~DINE FOR A CAUSE~ Not only is the food the most fresh in Rishikesh, but the café plays a large role in supporting Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home with 100% of the profits, while allowing them to work for tips to fund their college education and gain necessary skills for future employment and life.
Reviewed April 29, 2013

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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Reviewed April 23, 2013

A little bit hard to find but worth it. In a calm area with nice view agross the Ganges you can enjoy organic food and drinks from a very short menu but still everything was good. Friendly volunteers supervise the children who live here and serve you.

Thank Heusibert
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

fresh salads and food made from veggies grown in big gardens surrounding the children's home and restaurant. food is cooked and served by the kids and volunteers. beautiful location and it's all for a good cause. these guys are the best.

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

The food is really tasty, vegetarian, grown right there in their garden. Open from 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM. Choice of entree, drink, and dessert plus a small salad for Rs 300.

The place helps support a children's home and school.

Has a number of different places you can eat and our favourite was the "sit on the floor on slightly raised cushions just like the hippies did in the 70's" room.

Small library if you haven't brought a book with some good ones worth a read. I took one away and returned it once I'd finished it.

Thank LanceDCham
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

An orphanage serving the most heavenly food on this planet, Ramanas Garden is a treat for the mind, senses as well as your soul. I tried the food here thrice and was rewarded with organic, nutritious and sumptuous food all three times. Wether you eat the Tibetan Momos, the delicious cannelloni, amazing lasagna or the stir fry, it is all one great culinary experience.
The upstairs patio is a wonderful hangout, airy, breezy and sunny.
My only complaint about Ramanas Garden would be that I wish it was open for dinner as well.
All in all Ramanas Garden serves the best food in the whole of Rishikesh. You must eat here.

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