Hare Krishna Food for Life Vegetarian Restaurant

When it comes to Cheapeats, few restaurants fit the bill as well as the Hare Krishna Food for Life Vegetarian Restaurant.

This restaurant is almost a public service! It provides good healthy food at a very affordable price. In fact, students even get a discount!

Food for Life is located just west of the main K’Rd intersection with Pitt Street but before all the “adult” shops. The day I ate lunch there they were doing a bustling trade of office workers, students and the curious (me).

The menu is very short and sweet which makes the decision simple. Choose between the Combo plate ($6/$5 students) or the Thaali ($12/$10 students). I ordered the larger Thaali plate so that I could sample the widest range of food – purely for research purposes of course!

The Thaali proved to be a daunting choice. It included chappati, papadum, dhal soup, vegetable curry, five pakoras with chutney, paneer curry and a dessert of warm halva with custard sauce. No reason to be hungry after this meal! The paneer curry was my favourite – chunks of paneer in a thin sauce similar in flavour to the sauce in butter chicken.

The vegetable curries (there were two – one wet and one dry) were nice and a good balance to the carbohydrates on the plate. I found the pakoras rather stodgy and bland, but that could have just been my taste. The warm halva with custard sauce was definitely in the realm of comfort food and I had to resist wiping the bowl.

I left too much food on the plate and would order the smaller Combo plate or a selection of sides for a lunch meal next time. The Combo plate comes with rice, dhal soup, vegetable curry, pakoras with chutney and halva dessert. More than enough for lunch!

The regular clients had obviously already figured out the serving sizes and many were eating a selection of sides. These included lasagne ($6.50), roti roll ($2), samosa ($2), pakoras (5/$2) and curd “steaks” ($1). Water is complimentary and serve-yourself herbal teas only $2.

During the meal a staff member regularly walked around the tables, wiping them down as clients finished their meals and left. Clients help with the cleaning process – you place your dirty dishes in the plastic pans ready to be washed.

If you want to eat simple, filling and wholesome vegetarian food within a tight budget, then head to Food for Life. Definitely a Cheapeats find worth sharing!


Location: 268 Karangahape Road, CBD
Phone: (09) 300-7585
Hours: 11.30am-7pm Monday-Friday, 11am-3pm Saturday, Sunday closed
Prices:  Combo Plate $6/$5 students; Thaali Plate $12/$10 students; Sides $1-$6.50; herbal tea $2; Lassi $3.50; cold drinks $3-$4.
Credit Cards: No
Suitable for Vegetarians: Totally!
Takeaways: Yes
Bathrooms:  OK
Wheelchair Accessible: No, stairs at entrance
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1 Response

  1. Caroline says:

    cool, will try this now.. was weary before 🙂

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