This Cafe Tucked Inside a Chino Hills Mandir Is a Portal to India in Southern

Nearly every visitor to the Chino Hills location makes a pass through the Shayona Cafe, the mandir’s on-site restaurant and grocery store. While the fluorescent-lit restaurant may not offer the same charm and grace as other parts of the mandir property, it is an important gathering point for worshippers, travelers, tourists, and locals. Spread across both a daily hot food selection and frozen foods and dry goods over in the grocery area, the cafe’s modest and mostly traditional offerings are a taste of home for many people of Indian descent, and a taste of India for those who have never been there. From traditional mithai (sweets) to classic comfort foods and snacks to foods made in accordance with Ayurvedic principles, Shayona has something for everyone who visits it.