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Annalakshmi on the Swan

Story: Annalakshmi on the Swan
Airdate: Ep. 10, 7 July 2019
Presenter: Pete Manifis

Pete visits an Indian restaurant at Elizabeth Quay, whose “soul” purpose is giving back to the community.

  • Established in 1991, Annalakshmi was created by 50 migrant families who wanted to give back to their new community
  • They use thousand-year-old Indian recipes cooked in large quantities, all by people volunteering their time
  • All of their food is cooked fresh every day, over open flame gas, using local WA produce
  • They offer cooking classes every Tuesday, to share their traditional indian cooking methods with the public
  • Inside the restaurant, the set-up is like a dining hall with a million-dollar view over the Swan River
  • There is a unique philosophy behind the food, which is hidden within the namesake
  • Anna means ‘food’ and lakshmi means ‘the divine mother of sustenance’
  • Their philosophy centres around a Sanskrit saying which translates to “guest is god,” meaning that everyone is treated the same.
  • Another thing that makes Annalakshmi so unique? It’s run primarily by volunteers who love cooking and giving back to the community.
  • There is no pricing at Annalakshmi, guests pay what they believe the food is worth!
  • Food for thought and food for the soul; head to Annalakshmi for your next lunch or dinner out.