Krishna Bhavan - 10eme

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 31 reviews )

21/24 Rue Cail, Paris, France, 75010

Vegetarian Indian restaurant with outlets in Paris serving South Indian food. Vegans should ask for dishes without milk dips or yoghurt dips. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Indian

Reviews (31)

First Review by vegman in France

Delicious!!! - Edit

Vegans may need to let them know when ordering.
Had the chappati and dosa masala (thin rice & lentil crepe filled with mildly spiced mashed potatoes and onions)

Went there a few years ago.
The service was and is still quick, and the food is always delicious!!
Will definitely come back with family and friend....

Pros: unexpensive , affordable, quick service

Cons: busy place I guess

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big portions reasonable price.. - Edit

Headed here after the cycle cab driver tried to rip us off on our trip from the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame.. so we were in the mood for a relaxing atmosphere and good food. luckily we got both here. The waitress was efficient if not gushingly friendly. We chose Bonda's to start. One of mine was slightly doughy but overall they were good. Take note though that these are huge, and you get 2. We probably should have shared them. While I nipped to the bathroom I overheard the waitress trying to explain to the chef what vegans are. it took her 4 attempts.. anyway.. main course, I had the mushroom dosa. it was lovely. Huge. All in all a great place and very reasonable in price. Vegans may need to let them know when ordering.

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Nothing special - Edit

An indian restaurant 100% vegetarian, but with nothing special. Didn't see any difference with another average indian restaurant. Many dishes aren't vegan, which reduces drastically options for vegans. Staff was a bit indifferent, and it's not that cheap for this neighborhood. I know better indian restaurants in Paris (that are not even 100% vegetarian). Disappointed.

Pros: 100% vegetarian

Cons: average food, not that cheap

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Arguably the Best Indian Food in Paris - Edit

Simple review - outstanding, fantastic, amazing Indian food, period. This is the place if you want the real thing. I really dig what others would consider "very" or "too" spicy, and these folks did not disappoint. No tame seasonings here. So good. We had dosas and a idli & sambar and all were perfect.

Pros: Best Indian food we had in Paris

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Great for Vegans too! Amazing food! - Edit

I go back here everytime I'm in Paris! There are 3 locations of the same restaurant in this street, but this one is always the busiest.
It's an all vegetarian restaurant, and they are not expensive at all, there is lots of choice and they have lots of vegan options. They can also make you a vegan plate and skip the yoghurt/ milk/ butter. Very respectful personnel, and always helpful.
I recommend the thali's, the masala dosa or paddu kota (or something like that).
My favorite place in Paris, I could eat here every day and not get bored.
So I recommend this place to everybody!

Pros: Not expensive , Lots of choice, and they make it vegan, Nice personnel and atmosphere

Cons: A bit crowded sometimes

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GREAT curry - Edit

The food is awesome: naan au fromage c'est superbe. J'aime bien aussi le curry avec épinard et pommes de terre.
The waitress is a little bit grumpy but she is a nice person i guess.
I really miss this place!

Pros: naan au fromage, lassi au mange, curry avec épinard

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Yummy & filling - Edit

Probably my favorite meal I've ever had in Paris. And I've been there several times. At this location there are actually two dining rooms, one across the street from the other: we opted for the smaller, cozier one. The meal was super authentic, good portion size, and very satisfying. Will most definitely eat here again!

Pros: great food, great value, convenient location

Cons: small dining room

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simply great - Edit

I went to Krishna Bhavan for lunch having picked up my sister at Gare du Nord in december 2013. We seldom had such authentic, delicious Indian food. I ate the mushroom dhosa, my sister had some chickpea curry. Communication with the staff was not easy but feasible. They really bothered to provide us with food meeting our expectations. And of course, prices are stunningly low! I will definitely come back!

Pros: delicious food, convenient location

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Good place for vegetarians, beware vegans - Edit

I tried this restaurant as a vegetarian and I enjoyed a lot my lunch. I had a beautiful thali with a lot of flavours for a limited price. Food and place are similar to those you can find in India (and you can eat directly with your hands without being looked at like a crazy). However, as a vegan, it could be more difficult to eat as they extensively use dairy products and it is sometimes difficult to make you understand by the waitress.

Pros: typical indian food, nice flavours, low prices

Cons: may be difficult to eat as a vegan

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georgeous delicious - Edit

this was a beautiful evening, we ate so much and paid so less =)
theres a nice mood, nice people and more then nice food. always again and thank you so much for this tipp!

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Hare Krishna - French Style - Edit

I go to the version of this restaurant in Perth, Australia called Govinda's Hare Krishna food all the time so I was eager to see what paris had to offer. First I was surprised to see one on each side of the street but that's cool, I promptly chose one and went in. I was pretty confused at how it worked because the one I'm used to is an all you can eat buffet that you add dessert, lasi, samosa &/or pakoras to but this was restaurant style.
Now I can read & speak both french & english so I asked the waitress if the meal I was looking at choosing had any milk/dairy in it in both french then english and she was still having trouble. I eventually got a very confused no but as it did have any dips I was pretty sure it'll all be vegan. The meal came pretty quickly probably because of the microwave thing but it's cheap and delicious so I don't really care.
As I expected once I'd scraped my plate clean i was very full and had to say no to desert as there was really no room left in my stomach which is pretty good for 6.50 euros in Paris. From my eyes it was pretty clean, there was a cheerful atmosphere but maybe I chose the cleaner restaurant of the street.
My tips are to go when you're really hungry, like when it feels like your stomach is starting to digests itself, it'll fill you up and you'll be good for like 5,6 hours.
I loved it and the entire street smelt delicious.

Pros: Cheap, Delicious, relaxed/positive atmosphere

Cons: Language barrier, microwaved food, can't just add a samosa to your meal

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I Love it! - Edit

If you are looking for authentic Indian vegetarian food, this is the right place in Paris. Very cheap and delicious.

Pros: Good value, Good portions, Nice Vibe

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Fabulous - Edit

It's one of the best meals I've had when visiting Paris and I visited over 15 vegetarian restaurants there.

Sure, it can be hard to specify you want a vegan meal, but saying no milk and no yogurt seem to do the trick.

No flavorless or bland food here. Pure awesomeness if you're into Indian food.

Pros: Tasty, Excellent value, Large portion

Cons: Communication Issue, Atmosphere

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delivate flavours, excellent meal - Edit

There have been many reviews so far - but i hope to reply to some of the compliments and criticism!

Having eaten at the majority of Indian restaurants in this Indian area of Paris (one of two areas), I was thrilled when Krishna Bhavan opened to be able to relax into it's totally veg and vegan friendly environment. When i first went there, they told me that only the dips and sauces had dairy, otherwise ok for Vegan. (they also refuse to allow meat onto the premises)

The food is always fresh (although yes they do use a microwave to heat up the idli's, vadai' ALL the restaurants in the neighbourhood do), but it is not heavy with oil or ghee, and I find their flavours to be delicate and rounded. Perhaps not flaming hot but as I hadn't been expecting that in the dishes I ordered i didn't miss that.
The masala dosas, sambal vadais and lentil soup are excellent examples.

There are two restaurants - one opposite the other. One has a more formal setting, with tablecloths and dimmed lighting, the other is more of a canteen style, also with cloths (on the formica tables), but a much more informal style. I have to say that this side, (incidently my favourite) although recently re-decorated, feels very mildly dingy, but you have a hand washing tap and everything that comes onto your table is spotless. This side is also usually packed with Indian families whereas the other side gets more tourists and French people. The menu is the same, the quality of the dishes is the same.

Although when it first opened it seemed that some of the staff may have only recently arrived in France, I have found that they all speak some English, if not very good English, and at least some French too. I have always found the staff delightful, smiling and kind.

And it is cheap! I always eat my fill, if not a little bit more, for under 10 euros. Some dishes may cost more - I haven't tried everything on the menu yet! If you add drinks of course that would be a couple of euros more.

Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 13, 2012

Pros: quality indian, inexpensive, fast

Cons: often crowded

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Très bonne cantine indienne - Edit

Je déjeune de temps en temps dans ce restaurant et j'ai toujours été tres satisfait de la qualité de la nourriture. Les plats sont variés et accommodés sans trop de piment. Il y a un second restaurant Krishna Bavan juste en face de celui-ci.

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poor north indian food - Edit

we had paneer sabzi, which was not good at all. rotis were pathetic.
south indian snacks were good
service was not friendly.

Pros: pure vegetarian

Cons: bad service, bad food, unfriendly staff

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Good indian restaurant - Edit

This restaurant has good and fresh food, with a wide choice, of which specialities from Tamil Nadu (South India). And not full of oil as in many others indian restaurants. (their coconut chutney is great !!!)
The staff is OK (not very sympathetic but not antipathetic).
The price is not more expensive than the other indian restaurants in the neighbourhood (which is the "indiantown" of Paris), so it's cheap (especially for Paris) !

But the food is almost not spicy (so don't go if you eat indian food for its spice !).

There are many other indian restaurants in the neighbourhood, and even if they are not 100% vegetarian, they always have many vegetarian meals. I would recommend you Thensurabi (60 rue Louis Blanc), which has excellent "Masala Dosai" (a Tamil speciality).
Updated from previous review on Saturday November 14, 2009

Edit, 22/11/2011 : they changed the menu, the meals are the same, but prices increased by 1 to 2€ (10 to 25%).

Pros: fresh and good food - not fat, wide choice, quite cheap

Cons: not spicy (it can be a pro...)

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Vegetarian but all microwaved food - Edit

I used to go this restaurant for 5 years, knowing that the vegetable curries are heated in a microwave, although normally I never use or eat microwave food. Why? Because there are only a few vegetarian restaurants in Paris. This was cheap, tasty and eating once per month microwaved food I thought is not the end of the world. Once I returned a Samosa because it was like rubber, but then it seemed that the Samosas which are fried were freshly fried. Today I ordered two rolles filled with vegetables. Already the filling was not good, but again it was first fried and then microwaved because it was impossible to cut the wrapping. When I wanted to return it they said that they always do so and everything is microwaved and if I do not want it I have to say that in advance. I decided not to go there anymore. If you are vegetarian and you are interested in healthy fresh food, unfortunately you will not find it at Krishna Bavan. Furthermore they changed there menu 2 month ago and the Thali which was always 8.50 EUR is now 10 EUR. Much too expensive for microwaved food. If you want healthy food, do not go there, you will not find it.

Pros: vegetarian, indian

Cons: microwaved curries, microwaved samosas and rolls, changed prices

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