Higher Taste Restaurant

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corner of Custom House Quay & Hunter St, Lower Ground, Old Bank Shopping Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand

Hare Krishna vegetarian restaurant serving Indian food. Buffet as well menu. Open Mon-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Take-out

23 Reviews

First Review by maynard7

Quite alright - Edit

I always like the Hare Krishnas for their vegan food, and also this one didn't disappoint. They could have had a bit of a bigger selection, but for about $12 you get a full plate of food, which is reasonable for New Zealand prices. The food itself tastes good, not spectacular, bot not bad either. Would go back here if I lived here.

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Updated from previous review on 2018-04-14

Pros: Mostly vegan, Central location, Good price

Cons: Not the best food I ever ate

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Rather disappointing - Edit

This centrally located eating place is below-ground (I didn't see any accessible entry). The decor is generally dreary and the furniture a bit random. We ate from an extensive menu but were not impressed with the range of vegetables in the chow mein which turned out to be mostly a lot of noodles and a bit of cabbage. The food in the buffet on an early Saturday evening had more variety but the puris were rather dry and the poppadums rubbery. Did we just pick a bad time to visit?

Pros: extensive menu, good sized portions

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One of the best In welly - Edit

Higher Taste is probably one of my favourite restaurants. The BEST food with pretty good prices. Sometimes I can't fathom how delicious the food I eat there is. Whenever I am in the area I try to go eat there.

Pros: Awesome food, good prices, Nice service

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Reasonably priced plateful - Edit

I came here for dinner, stacked my plate from the buffet, from which seven out of eight dishes were vegan. The food was good, if not all excellent, but there was plenty of it for $16. The atmosphere was relaxing around 7pm and although the setting is not particularly attractive, I felt like hanging around and taking my time. Great for a cheap meal.

Pros: Cheap, decent food , Relaxed atmosphere

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Good simple food, not much atmosphere though - Edit

This place is great for a quick, filling and easy buffet-style plant-based meal in central Wellington. We took small children there and they felt welcome. There are lots of different areas so we could sit away from other groups and not feel like our little ones were bothering them. We filled up two large plates and was fine to ask for a smaller (empty) plate to scoop some onto for the little ones. Water jugs and glasses everywhere to help yourselves. Nice clean bathrooms out the back.

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Quick, tasty & cheap - Edit

I frequently visit here for lunch and for a $10.50 small plate, I can get rice, dhal, delicious roast potatoes, 2 puris & a couple of vegan curries, along with salads.

Food is always tasty and very good value for money. It’s pure vegetarian with only a few dishes containing milk products. Primary options is the plated buffet I mentioned earlier, but there are other menu options available as well.

Staff appear knowledgeable about what dishes to avoid.

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Good food - Handy Location... - Edit

I was in the city for work meetings and between appointments I only had time for a quick lunch. Higher Taste is located at a centrally located area of the city CBD in the Old Bank Arcade.

Almost everything in the buffet was Vegan (1 cottage cheese based dish) & for $6.50, I got a selection of dahl, spicy potato, some fritters and rice. All very fresh and tasty and served quickly by friendly staff. Perfect for a short time frame!

It's a no-frills restaurant but it's clean and tidy and was busy and lively when I visited.

Other lunch items in the heated cabinet looked good too! ....Pakoras, samosas, etc.....I need to return with more time next visit so I can try more options! Recommended.

Pros: Tasty food., Good lunch time selection., Very reasonable prices.

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load up that plate - Edit

Quick and easy lunch solution, has buffet and menu options for lunch.
Good value.

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Easy, cheap, tasty - Edit

Don't expect fancy food, but it's quick and easy, good value for money, and tasty food.

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Different and delicious - Edit

Don't wonder about it, just do yourself a favour and go try this place! Lots of different options, good prices and tasty food! So good I visited twice on my two days in Wellington. My only advice would be to take some headphones so you can drown out the repetitive music (no offence)!

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Delicious! - Edit

The staff is helpful and will guide you through the menu, especially if you're vegan. My favorite vegan items are A) Masala dosa - huge and filled with curried potatoes, comes with sambar, tomato chutney and coconut chutney. It's amazing and very satisfying, plus very reasonable for the portion size. B) Veggie Pakoras - go in the morning around 10AM when they're fresh. Trust me, they will be crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside. Don't forget to use the sweet sauce available at the counter. Pakoras make a delicious breakfast! C) Their daal is delicious. I get it whenever I opt for the buffet bar. Vegan items in the bar are usually daal, mixed vegetables, papadum (they fry it to perfection so it's always light and crispy, yum!), poori, red cabbage slaw, and pickles. The bar is a good deal when I'm in the mood for daal, especially because you're allowed to pile your plate as high as you want. It's a single visit bar, not all-you-can-eat, so make the most of it and use the rice to create a pond for the daal.

Pros: Delicious!, Reasonably priced., Quiet.

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Friendly and helpful! - Edit

I went down to wellington for business and being a new vegan I was looking to support local vegan business, popped in and they guided me through the buffet meal and we're just so friendly! Thanks again recommend this restaurant!

Pros: Value for money, Big portions

Cons: Hard to find

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Nice vegan options - Edit

I visited Wellington in December last year and this is probably where i enjoyed eating the most.

The place was hard to find, though. The mall it's in was easy enough to locate, but it's hidden on the lower level. I passed by the inside and outside entries a few times without noticing them, so if you're finding it hard to spot, it might pay to ask someone that works in the mall.

There were a good range of vegan choices, and like other Hare Krishna places, the food was wholesome and satisfying. Even so, Higher Taste could take a leaf out of the book of Govindas in Surfers Paradise, Australia, who converted to all vegan food in 2015.

I appreciated the quiet atmosphere inside, which allowed me to pause and reflect while i was eating, instead of being bombarded by a cacophony of voices and blaring muzak.

I would give this place 5 stars, but it's not vegan, so take one off.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 19, 2016

Pros: wholesome food, relaxing, spacious

Cons: not vegan, tricky to find

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ok food - Edit

Quite good food but annoying music. Good place for a quick lunch but I wouldn't go here for special occasions.

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Nice place - Edit

Visited in October 2014. The lunch time buffet is good value. Unfortunately the staff didn't seem knowledgeable on what was vegan and what wasn't, but the third guy could tell me.

Pros: Lots of choice, Reasonably priced, Staff friendly

Cons: Staff unaware of vegan options

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Mixed impressions - Edit

There’s a self-serve buffet with small, medium or large plates costing $9, 11 and 16. Seven out of eight of the warm, savoury items were vegan on the day I visited. It was tasty food. Other items are available for separate prices, such as samosas. Bottled drinks and self-serve water are available.
Not especially friendly service, and the repetitive chanting music was too loud. It does not appear to be staffed by Hare Krishna devotees.

Pros: tasty food

Cons: not all vegan, not exactly a friendly place

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Tasty Buffet Indian Food - Edit

Simple & tasty Indian food of good variety (plus nicely roasted potatos). Piled the big plate before having to catch a bus, and practically enjoyed it all - grabbed paneer cheese by mistake, but I am not dairy intolerant or super strict, so I allowed myself an exception: it's actually quite nice, but alas I have to skip it next time. You can educate yourself on their religion a bit by reading while eating, and make a donation to the temple, which I did - everything that preaches respect for living things gets mine too. Handy location close to Wellington transport hub, cozy and warm (downstairs from the street).

Pros: Good options, Handy location

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Great buffet - very vegan friendly - Edit

We had lunch at Higher Taste yesterday - it was wonderful! You take a plate (3 sizes, ranging from $9 to $16) and fill it with whatever you want from the buffet. Everything except 2 dishes was vegan. All were delicious and the tastes were varied. They even had a grain pudding, which was sweet (I had a small taste).

The lighting is a bit dim, but it did not dampen our enjoyment.

Pros: Delicious food, Good value for money, Central location

Cons: Dim lighting

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Good Indian-style comfort food - Edit

The food here is plain but very nice. Plenty of variety of curries and salads to choose from and very reasonably priced.

Pros: Comfort food, Cheap

Cons: Counter service only

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My happy place! - Edit

I love Higher Taste... I love the food and the peaceful environment. They are making a great effort to provide a wider range of foods like salads, smoothies and so on and they definitely deserve support.

Pros: Great food, Lots of options, Supporting a community

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Disappointed - Edit

The staff was not that friendly, the food was so average it would have been the same if not better at an indian food court. Very oily and extremely salty... The last straw was the staff telling us "only one paper napkin allowed! thank you"

Pros: close to our accomodation

Cons: better service, better food

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weds meets worth its price - Edit

we're part of couchsurfing.com
and we meet here every weds for lunch
its cheapest in welly but always love aunt mena

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Only average - Edit

I found this place to be only average. As of October 2008, you can choose the NZ$7.50, 9.50 or 12.50 size plate and then fill it up at the buffet. It's all Indian-style food. One of the items was way too spicy and I couldn't finish it. The other items were OK, but nothing special. There was very little protein at all in the food. At this meal I got all my protein from the rice. They need to add gluten or tofu to balance out the meal. I didn't finish all the food on my plate. The atmosphere is OK, but the background music was way too loud to be called "background".

Pros: Price OK

Cons: Not balanced meal

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