Since my first visit to Krishna On Barkly a few months ago, I have been waiting impatiently to go back. Fortunately we were passing through Footscray around dinner time so Arthur and I headed in for what we were certain would be an awesome feast. And it was– Krishna On Barkly are hands down my favourite Indian restaurant. They’re a family business of twenty years who have recently removed all meat from their menu and they’re incredibly helpful when discussing changing up meals with you. There are many vegan dishes on the menu, or the vegetarian options can easily be made vegan.
My first visit in July was for takeaway food and my poor photos of takeaway containers didn’t do Krishna On Barkly any justice! Their food really is fantastic and the family team so friendly and welcoming and supportive of the vegan community that I armed myself with my good camera this time and snapped away at everything, because I want to encourage everyone to go and visit. There are many Indian restaurants in Footscray and Krishna On Barkly have broken away from the heavy meat offerings, making them unique and absolutely worth trying out.
I forgot to confirm the name properly! The Facebook page for the restaurant says Krishna On Barkly, though the menu and website say Krishna Pait Pooja. Please bear that in mind if you’re Googling!
If you’re not able to get to Footscray, Krishna On Barkly will be at World Vegan Day and yes, they’ll be serving their superb vegan gulab jamun! In equally better news, they’re also planning a seven days of buffet service in the lead-up to Christmas!
We ordered the mixed vegetable pakora (five pieces, $5.50) for our entree which came with a tamarind dipping sauce. Made with spinach, potato, onion and lentil flour these were really tasty and not as heavy as other pakora I’ve tried elsewhere:
Okay yes, we ordered a lot of food but the plan was to take enough leftovers home for a couple more meals. It’s hard for me to resist eggplant dishes in Indian restaurants so I had to get the Baingan Bhaji ($9.50). Cooked with potatoes, peas, onion and capsicum, this was a winner:
The second main was the Veg Kofta ($9.95), made with a mix of mashed vegetables and cooked in a nutty sauce. The kofta are quite sizeable and mildly spiced. I never order the same dish twice (usually) but I think I’ll get this again next time. For now, I’m pleased I have the leftovers in the fridge:
We ordered the Lemon Coconut rice ($6.50) which we both enjoyed. Arthur chose the Bread Basket ($10.00) and I expected a couple of pieces of each style of the four included breads to come out in one basket. Boy, what a nice surprise to get everything on its own plate because this way, they kept on coming! Arthur and I loved the Kashmiri Naan, stuffed with dried fruits and nuts so it’s on the sweeter side. The Kashmiri Naan is on the left of the photo following. Also included in the Bread Basket were plain naan, garlic naan and masala kulcha, the latter stuffed with onions and potatoes. All so good:
We were kindly treated to the entree of Stuffed Mushrooms (not sure of the price). I admit mushroom dishes are probably the last thing I would order in a restaurant anywhere, even though I like mushrooms. But wow, what a nice surprise these were! The stuffed mushrooms were battered and fried with a nice crisp shell in a pool of a very tasty sauce (which I forgot to ask about, sorry!). The stuffed mushrooms are on the left, below:
Of course, no matter how stuffed I am, I’m not ever going to pass on vegan Gulab Jamun. I loved these so much last time but chose to get one each along with a serve of Carrot Halva. The halwa was pretty good– not too sweet as I anticipated which I appreciated because by this point I was so full and wouldn’t have been able to finish off something really sweet. The Gulab Jamun was sweeter but as I dove in to that first, it didn’t matter (and it’s not too-sweet for me anyway, it’s just right). I am definitely buying these from World Vegan Day:
[Added October 25th, 2015] Here’s another serve of the stuffed mushroom pakora. These are just fantastic:
I’ve since tried the Vegetables Manchurian. These are veggie balls in a sort of sweet and sour sauce. Absolutely delicious, if you prefer to add in a sweeter dish:
Since visiting in July, I’ve been hearing more positive reviews about Krishna On Barkly from others and there have been some vegan get-togethers there. If I drove, I’d be there more for sure! Unfortunately I live way out of the delivery zone. You can order online (if you live in the surrounding suburbs) from menu websites like Menulog. The owners of the restaurant also own the imports and wholesale store next door, something I’d really like to check out one day.
The staff are very happy to help you with any questions about the meal preparation. If you’re vegan or have dietary requirements, please let them know and they will gladly accommodate you or offer suggestions and alternatives.
All up, a great second visit and I’m already looking forward to a third and more!
Krishna Indian Restaurant also provide catering, delivery (fee is $4) and ordering online for the immedate surrounding suburbs. The restaurant is BYO (wine only) and have some meal deal specials listed on their website and menu.
Krishna On Barkly
Shop 3/578 Barkly Street