• Higher Taste Restaurant

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Hare Krishna vegetarian restaurant serving Indian food. Buffet as well as menu. A la carte orders close at 5:30pm. Call to check hours, as current staff shortages may mean restaurant will close earlier. Please send updates if situation changes. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-6:00pm.

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38 Reviews

First Review by maynard7


Points +13

24 Dec 2022

Very good vegetarian food.

One of the few places where we get vegetarian buffet food in wellington city

Pros: Buffet , Salads, Sweet

Cons: Size of the plates can be bigger 😂



Points +341

16 Dec 2022

Yummy Hare Krishna food

We had the buffet style pay by plate meal, and there were plenty of yummy whole foods for me too choose from. I'm not used to paying $17 for Hare Krishna food so felt kind of pricey but I'd probably have paid that much for it anyway especially post covid and I do want to support them.


Points +13747

12 Dec 2022


I was last here well before the lockdown and my review was fairly positive even if my rating was no higher. This time around I stopped in for a snack to tide me over till dinner. From the warmer I chose a pakora and a samosa. The pakora looked a bit wizened, so it’s my own fault that it turned out to be dry and unappetising. The samosa wasn’t as bad but it wasn’t great either with a non-crisp shell and a low-flavour filling. The only reason I’m not giving two stars is because this is a budget restaurant and expectations need to be in keeping with this. I also didn’t try any mains or buffet meals this time, and apparently there is a staff shortage, so I’m being a bit generous.

Updated from previous review on 2022-12-12


Points +16

19 Jun 2022

Mixed vegan/vegetarian on vegan signed counter

Went there on Saturday for lunch, they had buffet only in a counter with a sticker saying”Vegan counter”,
After me and my partner helped our selfs to the buffet, she double checked and found out that not all the food were vegan,when i was already about to eat my food,
They apologised and let us change plates but still no action were taken to inform people that the vegetarian and vegan buffet were mixed at the vegan counter

Cons: Minimal vegan options, Expensive , Vegetarian food on vegan signed counter


Points +54

25 Feb 2022

Tiny buffet with only one vegan option

I went here because I read great reviews about a separate vegan buffet but was very disappointed when I got there.
The "buffet" consisted of 3 currys, plain rice, roast potatoes and vegetables. Only one curry was vegan and pretty bland for my taste. Sorry to say I will not be back

Cons: No separate vegan buffet, Only one vegan option , Curry was pretty bland for my taste


Points +79

10 Feb 2022

Best Lunch Spot!

Located right in CBD and has an all vegan buffet plus a few other vegan offerings. One of my favorite places to grab lunch.

Pros: Vegan buffet , Reasonable price


Points +17

15 Jul 2021

Really good

I am in Wellington for work and have found this to be a great place to go for dinner, it's really tasty and reasonably nutritious

Pros: Very reasonably priced


Points +58

27 Feb 2021

Love Love Love this place

Gotta love a place where all you have to ask is "is it vegan?" without having to explain beyond that. Food is basic Indian, nicely flavored, plentiful, and fresh as buffets go. People are super nice, prices are very reasonable, dining room is spacious. Great place to bring a group of folks for lunch. A definite go-to in Wellington.

Pros: tasty food, really nice people, they know what "vegan" means

Cons: none


Points +33

08 Aug 2020


Lots of vegan options and super tasty

Pros: Price depending on the size of your plate, Buffet style


Points +152

30 Jul 2020

Decent buffet food

For the price ($17 for medium plate, $20 large plate) there are other places in Wellington I'd prefer more, but it's still very, tasty and filling food. Note, there are two sections, one for vege food, one for vegan. So don't waste your time in the wrong queue!


Points +248

23 Aug 2019

Vegan buffet lunchtime only

Lovely food and good value for money. Note that the vegan buffet is lunch times only, but plenty of vegan options in the evening


Points +414

18 Aug 2019

One of my old favourites

Great restaurant with a peaceful atmosphere & delicious food!

Pros: Many options, Reasonably priced, Self serve


Points +40

22 Jul 2019

So good!!

This is my weekly ‘go to’ for a nice big vegan meal!

Pros: Self serve options, Many choices


Points +77

21 Mar 2019

Great value for money

Excellent value for money, delicious food, left me with a satisfied warm feeling. Do try it.


Points +105

29 Jan 2019

Excellent fare

Delightful vegetarian food with generous use of sprouted lentils and nuts.

Pros: Buffet lunch options are a delight, Tasteful spread, High quality ingredients

Cons: A bit expensive, Would like more counter food, Long lines in afternoon


Points +202

05 Nov 2018

Great buffet food

I've piled my plate up a few times here. It has always been delicious and decently priced. Great stop for lunch!

Pros: Great options, buffet style.


Points +1334

14 Apr 2018

Quite alright

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.


Updated from previous review on 2018-04-14

Pros: Mostly vegan, Central location, Good price

Cons: Not the best food I ever ate


Points +351

24 Feb 2018

Rather disappointing

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


Points +18

17 Jan 2018

One of the best In welly

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


Points +94

06 Jan 2018

Good simple food, not much atmosphere though

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.


Points +28

03 Jan 2018

Quick, tasty & cheap

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.


Points +1276

05 Nov 2017

Good food - Handy Location...

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.


Points +111

05 Oct 2017

load up that plate

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


Points +64

23 Mar 2017

Easy, cheap, tasty

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


Points +132

24 Nov 2016

Different and delicious

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)!


Points +18

30 Jul 2016


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.


Points +25

07 Mar 2016

Friendly and helpful!

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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