I can smell incense sticks burning in Auroville as I type this article. They call it “art space” because there are concerts and other cultural events but I prefer to think it’s a vegetarian restaurant with (sometimes) live music.
As you probably know, the original Auroville (City of Dawn) is an experimental township in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The idea behind it was actually great: to crowd-work and crowd-develop the land.
This Auroville restaurant in St. Pete was opened for similar reasons. Some people returned from Asia and understood that the big city lacks the atmosphere you can dive in travelling through India or, say, Thailand, so they decided to recreate it here.
I wouldn’t say they serve authentic Indian food here (try “Curry house” on Nekrasova street for that matter) but they really did create an atmosphere. Coming here, you leave all the city buzz behind.
The food is healthy, the plates aren’t huge, the prices are a bit lower than I expected (there is a Kashmir restaurant with quasi-Indian food and astonishingly high prices, but the food is good, too).
I come here to work, crochet, write in my paper diary and eat. It’s great that Auroville is located on my beloved Radishcheva Street.