Fresh, healthy, and vegetarian dining on Bonaire at Go Green Ayurveda Indian Restaurant.
These days many people are learning that they must change their eating habits and enjoy healthier foods. More and more people are becoming vegetarians, and some are even vegan. There is no need to worry about eating a healthy diet while visiting Bonaire, as Go Green Ayurvedic Indian Restaurant serves tasty meals which are good for you, too!
Trying organic Ayurvedic food for the first time.
I have to admit, prior to my first visit, I didn’t know much about the trend of healthy, Ayurvedic food. But, after visiting Go Green Vegetarian Restaurant for one of their Friday night dinners, I have to admit I now know much more about what goes into its preparation.
Only organic products are served at Go Green.
I might not have known about Ayurveda, but nearly everyone today knows that organic products are better for one’s body than those grown or processed via conventional methods. Organic foods must be:
- cultivated in safe soil
- with no genetic modifications
- they must be kept separate from conventional products
- farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bio-engineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, or sludge-based fertilizers
But what about the dining experience at Go Green?
Since I have now educated you on the principles of organic Ayurvedic food, let me expound on the dining experience itself! My companion and I didn’t know it at the time, but we were in for a treat!
Dinner is served every Friday evening.
Our first visit was for one of the restaurant’s Friday night dinners. Upon arrival, we were greeted by both Tina Woodley, owner and chef of Go Green, as well as Walter, who ensured all dining patrons were well taken care of.
As we arrived early, we had our choice of tables, but we were informed that they were expecting to be full. Even though we arrived without a prior reservation, they cheerfully made room for us. However, within 30 minutes, the entire restaurant was full!
The ambiance is relaxed and restful.
One can bask in the benevolence of Guan Yin, the female Buddha of compassion and mercy. There are wicker rocking chairs in which to relax, just in case you make the same mistake I did and arrive without a reservation. You may sit and rock contentedly until your table is ready.
But what of the food?
Each Friday night there is a different four-course menu. We began our new dining adventure with Tina’s home-made pumpkin soup. Now in some areas of the world, pumpkin is only eaten in the fall–Thanksgiving in the United States being a noted holiday. However, here in the Caribbean, pumpkin is considered a staple and is enjoyed year round.
As we spooned the creamy soup into our mouths, I asked our server what was in it that gave the hint of sweetness. I was told that Tina personally shops for only the best of pumpkins, so it was truly just the fabulous taste of the natural pumpkin. Ahh, organically grown foods are just so much better!
The second course–a mixed salad, of course!
And one cannot eat healthy without some greens! Our second course consisted of a mixed green salad, served with hearts of palm, asparagus, and walnuts.
One very tempting addition was the two bite-sized fresh spring rolls in a zesty sweet chili sauce.
Third course–choice of seitan or paneer.
The night we visited, diners had their choice of either seitan or paneer with sweet peas for the main course, both served with rice.
Seitan is made from wheat, although it has little in common with flour or bread. Instead, it has a surprisingly similar look and texture of meat when cooked, making it a popular meat substitute.
Paneer is a fresh cheese common in South Asia, especially in Indian, Pakistani, Afghan, Nepali, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi cuisines. This was served pika, as it is called locally, or with a bit of spicy heat.
Since neither my dining companion or I had experience with either dish, we decided to each order one and then sample the each other’s meal. I was amazed at the plate of seitan when it was placed in front of me, I would have looked at it and assumed it was beef! And when I took a bite, it was tasty, and if our server hadn’t assured me it was meatless, I would never have known!
My dining companion, who loves cheese, enjoyed his paneer, only giving up a small taste for me to try. By the end of the main course, we were both nearly full, and we still had dessert to go!
Fourth course–bread pudding.
The evening’s dessert was bread pudding, which was the perfect hint of sweetness to complete our meal. As we finished our evening at Go Green, we left knowing we had enjoyed new foods, learned more about Indian cuisine, all while being good to our bodies. I can heartily recommend Go Green to any Bonaire visitor. One doesn’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy Tina’s Indian cooking!
About Go Green Ayurveda Indian Restaurant.
Those who wish to do their bodies a favor, and treat them to a healthy meal while on Bonaire, can visit Go Green Monday through Friday for a vegetarian lunch. Dinner is served only on Friday evenings.
And take a lesson from me. Be sure to make a reservation in advance! The small restaurant is popular and books up quickly! Make reservations by calling +599 700-5488, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go Green is conveniently located on the main road in the northern hotel row, right next to the Harbour Village Marina. Their street address is Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #49.
Visit Go Green’s website to learn more about this dining option on Bonaire. And, as is said here on Bonaire, bon apetit!
(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)
Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.