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Annalakshmi on the Swan

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Address:
1st Floor, Western Pavillion
Barrack Square
Perth CBD WA 6000
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Contact:
Tel : +61 8 9221 3003
Cuisine
Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian
Chef
License: Unlicensed
Chef
Price Range: $$
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Annalakshmi's dining room offers 360 degree views of the beautiful Swan River, but that's not its most interesting feature. The restaurant is staffed by volunteers who cook delicious Indian cuisine -and diners leave what they feel is a fair donation after their meal. The offerings change daily, as do the chefs and wait staff, with many of the "cooks" becoming famous for their particular signature dishes. A deliciously different dining experience.

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Perched upon the Barrack Street jetty on the banks of the Swan River, Annalakshmi on the Swan is a dining concept relatively unknown to Perth. It’s a venue where volunteers cook divine vegetarian Indian cuisine made with as much love and passion as you’d expect to find at home. There are no hidden recipes or secrets to the food at Annalakshmi, just honest wholesome dishes prepared by mothers, grandmothers, sisters and brothers of the community.

Meaning the Hindu Goddess of Food, the name Annalakshmi couldn’t be more appropriate. Operating in a buffet style, there are plenty of great vegetarian dishes to choose from such as two types of rice, dhal, plenty of vegetable dishes and a stir fry or two. The offerings change daily, depending on who is cooking that day, with many of the “cooks” becoming famous for their particular signature dishes. It’s a bit like looking forward to Aunty Betty’s famous potato salad, only there’s a whole lot more to anticipate at Annalakshmi. In addition to soul-satisfying food, there’s also a gorgeous view across the Swan River and a sense of calm about this place. It must be all the great karma it generates through the absence of absurd prices and less than cheerful staff – you’d never guess the people who run the show here are all volunteers! And when it comes time to pay the bill, you pay what you feel is necessary. If you love the food here, and I can almost guarantee you will, there’s also cooking demonstrations and hand-on cooking courses, so you can continue to share the love when you get home.

Karen Bilsby
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Annalakshmi on the Swan - User Reviews

Rocka:

I've been there on a few different occasions, always celebrating something. Firstly, the way it’s set out is perfect, no over-crowding. You get a choice of outdoors on a balcony looking over the swan or inside, at either a table just for two or more. The service is top quality and always with a smile. They tend to all your needs and also have seats for the little ones. The food is just mouth-watering and amazing. Always a different dish to try. You get both spicy and mild, soups, rice with a twist, tea/coffee/juice. I always end up leaving with a full tummy and the price you pay is worth it.review  31/07/2011

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Anonymous:

Very pleasant dining experience and the food had authentic taste. Annalakshmi serves a mix between a restaurant and an ashram with very pleasant views. The "Pay as you feel" concept lends itself to donating with a smile in the knowledge that not only have you been well fed but the proceeds will enable someone else to benefit from your sense of well being. Highly recommended for an alternative experience!review  13/05/2011

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