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.
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.
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).
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.
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