Annam Brahma Restaurant
84-43 164th Street
Hours: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat. (11 a.m. -10 p.m.),
Wed. (11 a.m.- 4 p.m.),
Sun. (12 p.m.- 10 p.m.)
Its a notion that sounds vague as the theme of war echoes across
the nation, yet pure serenity can still be found amongst the hustle and bustle of city
life in one Queens restaurant.
Blue its the color of the sky and the ocean, and once
entering Annam Brahma, the color will be associated with the calm these two Earth elements
Fully decorated with library books by Sri Chinmoy the fitness
guru whose lifes work entails enlightenment and attaining the joy of peace
the chi or vital force of the restaurant is absent of chaos, with no sound from the
outside world filling the air.
The sound of flutes playing the most romantic tunes filled the dining
area surrounded by greeting cards, incense and gifts created by Chinmoy.
The Indian vegetarian style cuisine primary dishes are vegetable
based werent bland or cooked with the wanna-be meats commonly associated with
Curry is often a main spice used to season the vegetables, yet ginger
spice was the prevailing aroma from the food.
Tuesday is Chinese day at Annam Brahma, so I enjoyed the dish of the
I started out with Pappadam, a light-weight, spicy and fried Indian
bread the crunchy wafer is mouth watering and should be enjoyed with a curried dish
for added ascension.
The vegetarian egg roll differs from conventional egg rolls at the
local Chinese restaurant because it isnt as thickly breaded and is a little more
greasy, which was overlooked because of the good taste.
Sczechuan noodles, fried rice with vegetables, oriental vegetables and
broccoli complete the platter.
Meat eaters like myself may be particularly impressed with burgers that
vary in style.
The gardenburger, saladburger, tofuburger, vegiburger, curryburger,
twinburger and cheese griller are interesting, appetizing and have healthy kicks as they
are served with wheat pita bread and fries on the side.
On the side of any main course, you may select from chutney, brown
rice, sautéed tofu, steamed vegetables and more.
Reasonable prices for all meals start at $5, which does not include a
variety of salads, soups and desserts.
Cheesecake, brownie, carrot cake, ice cream, baklava and more are not
known to be acquainted with healthy eating, yet fit the bill.
Breakfast is also served starting at 11 a.m. with sandwiches and
specialties like a BLT, omelets and naan pizza atop the list.
Catering is also available at the Annam Brahma, with luncheon specials
assorted with traditional Indian snacks, soups and a curried dish, available with free
local delivery and at reasonable costs.
Not only does the restaurant focus on food, it offers free evening
programs on the teachings of Chinmoy in meditation.
The restaurant is a totally relaxing experience, while the food is
gratuitous and delightful.