Hare Krishna: Food For Life

It was with some trepidation I had originally eaten at Hare Krishna on the always friendly Karangahape Road.  As a red blooded, carnivorous male I looked with scorn upon those I deemed vegetarians.  What could they possibly know? With their bacon-less existence, steak-filled nightmares and tofu-fuelled war cries against the mainstream.  As far as I could tell, they were barely alive.  Boy, I was wrong.

Snazzy digs these ones

Like all good stories, it began at University – a hotbed of experimentation and new experiences – and one that led me, during a particularly wild bout of trialling, to give ‘Hare Krishna: Food For Life’ a go.  The result?  I knew this was the goodness.  I knew that I had to share this experience with my Corporate Lunchbox compatriots, if only to open their minds to the possibilities of a 100% vegetarian meal.

Are you not entertained? Just look at the face on that Desmond.

Hare Krishna have an eclectic range of options, from a fried potato mix-up, to vegetable lasagne, samosas, soups, vegetable curries and my personal favourite – pakoras (like a very soft falafel that has been deep fried, seriously delicious).

Options, is what I am saying.

We went with the regular deal, a $6 combo, with more rice, vegetables and unidentifiable ingredients than I can handle.  You get your standard rice and vegetable curry, 3 pakoras, some kind of soup, and a dessert that is a delicious blend of some kind of pudding, raisins and custard.  This is the mainstream combo, and perfectly agreeable – if you want to branch out, feel free, but to be honest I’ve never felt the need.

A tasty dish

Drink options aren’t hugely varied, but your basic free water keeps it easy, or go dangerous with a can of SARSparilla or similar budget $1 can.  With a DIY dishes (please put the dirty dishes in the box at the back of the restaurant) and the prison style plates and cutlery, you can’t beat the dinky, Super-Max style atmosphere.

Like Bunnings, Hare Krishna can’t be beaten on price, so if you’re after a seriously cheap, but extremely delicious meal, this meat-free option is hard to pass.  I highly recommend.

Overall Rating: 7/10

  • Location: 8/10
  • Value: 15/10
  • Service: 4/10
  • Quality: 8/10
  • Environment: 8/10
  • X-factor: 10/10

Hare Krishna – 268 Karangahape Road, Auckland

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