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Annalakshmi is an international chain of vegetarian restaurants operating on the uncommon principle of trust in humanity, as it encourages patrons to pay what they believe is fair.[1][2] The name derives from the Hindu goddess of abundance, as a compound word obtained from Anna (food) and Lakshmi (the eponymous deity).[3] It is the culinary division of the non-profit organization Temple of Fine Arts (TFA).[4][5]


First started in Malaysia in 1984,[3] Annalakshmi has branches in Australia, Singapore and India. The Coimbatore branch (started 1989), is known to participate in local charities and support the fine arts.[6] In 2013, the Chennai branch won the Times Food and Nightlife Award, in the category Best South Indian Restaurant (Stand-alone).[7]

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  1. ^ Mecklin, John (6 April 2005). "The Karmic Kitchen". SF Weekly. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Annalakshmi Australia: Mission". Retrieved 29 March 2015. As our concept goes...Eat What You Want, Give What You Feel We Believe in You, We Trust You. 
  3. ^ a b Sankar R.N., Ajith (11 October 2008). "Annalakshmi Foods: Manifesting Attributes of Love, Serve and Give". GNA Journal of Management and Technology. 3 (1): 138–144. SSRN 1568783Freely accessible. 
  4. ^ Phang, Llew-Ang (3 December 2014). "Embracing togetherness". The Malaysian Insider. The Edge Financial Daily. Retrieved 29 March 2015. The non-profit organisation has managed to survive and sustain on its “pay as you wish” concept... 
  5. ^ Yogalingam, Serena. "Dance India, Taste India". Law Gazette. The Law Society of Singapore. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Srinivasan, Pankaja (22 September 2014). "Served with grace". The Hindu: Metroplus Food. Coimbatore. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Sangeetha, P (7 Feb 2013). "Times Food & Nightlife Awards in Chennai". Times of India: Food Reviews. Times News Network. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 

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