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Jai Krishna

Restaurants, Indian Finsbury Park
4 out of 5 stars
(25user reviews)

Time Out says

Just round the corner from Crouch Hill station, this incredibly cheap Indian vegetarian spot also comes with corkage-free BYOB – so pop across the road to Jack’s off-licence if you need to stock up (they have a brilliant line-up of exotic beers). The decor isn’t much to write home about but the food is delicious and authentic, from dosas, idli sambar, aloo tikki and chana chaat to all sorts of veggie curries – not only the usual cauliflower, chickpeas and spinach but also bitter gourd, mooli and long beans. There’s also a big contingent of so-called ‘exotic dishes’ ranging from chilli paneer to South Indian avial (vegetables with coconut, yoghurt and green chillies) and kalan (involving buttermilk and mango). Thalis (for one or two people) are a great way to sample the full repertoire.




Address: 161 Stroud Green Rd
N4 3PZ
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park/Crouch Hill rail
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:11
  • 3 star:0
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You pay attention to TimeOut's rating of Jai Krishna at your own peril. (How could you possibly have gotten things so incredibly wrong?) I am a vegetarian who has lived in four different countries and visited another 30, and out of all the restaurants I have eaten at there is not a single one in the whole world (yes, that's right), that I would rather eat at than Jai Krishna. The food is amazingly authentic, and although they have recently increased their prices ever so slightly you are unlikely to find a better value in all of London. Some of our favorites are the masala dosa, the kachories, and the chaats, but all the curries are excellent too. I must have eaten here at least 40 times and they have never disappointed. I have also brought about 35 different friends and family members to Jai Krishna and they all leave amazed. Best vegetarian restaurant in London or anywhere else!


Delicious and authentic, Jai Krishna is not a restaurant to be avoided. Despite the slightly off putting decor and shabby front this restaurant is by far one of North London's treasures. Jai Krishna offers vegetarian Indian food that will make you melt, there is possibly every vegetable I can think of up for grabs and every dish is made with care and love. Most importantly they allow you to bring your own booze, you heard me right- your own booze! Not only does this make the meal cheaper but it gives you all the choice you would want as you can bring anything to enjoy with the delicious curry.

I normally start with a masala dosa which is a sort of wrap made from gram and rice flower and filled with a potato filling. As a coeliac this is an absolute dream as the menu specifies what flour the food is made with as well as enabling me to eat things that would typically be crammed with wheat in the western world. The filling of the masala dosa is buttery and full of flavor- I never knew potatoes could be that good! It comes with sambal and a coconut dip which are the perfect condiments for this delicious starter. For me this is the highlight of the meal and I would urge people to order it!

From saag aloo to regional curries like kalan this place has something for everyone. I have been with both vegetarians and apprehensive carnivors and everyone has loved the food and had a good time. So if you're on a bit of a budget but looking for some amazing authentic Indian food then head to Stroud Green road with your own beer or wine. 

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This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's BOYB, the food is ace - and even if you over order (which you probably will), it won't make too much of a dent in your bank balance.

Without a doubt the best curry I've had in London.
At no point do you care about the absence of meat - not when the delicate flavours of the coconut dosa or the moreish savouriness of the puffed wheat with tamarind are distracting you.
When you get the bill and baulk at the cheapness of the meal you've just loved you'll be checking your diary for when you can come back next...

Is Time Out's rating a mistake? Can we get it changed? My favourite Indian restaurant in London, veggie or non-veggie. Delicious, so cheap, and incredibly comprehensive offie across the road... I can't stop thinking about the aubergine bhajis...

When i was there with my family, sometime in ninety-seven, this place had already been selected as best in its genre by Time Out.. I don't know about now but we felt very welcome and had an excellent meal. We never missed the meat. It was clear that the proprietor had spend more time, energy and skill into the food than on the interior. Good choice. I would go there without hesitation. According to Time Out it won't h make too big a dent in your budget, when compared to other places..

This place is extravagance no pretense...just homley Indian vegetarian/vegan food at a cheap price, left feeling full and BYOB is great-the offie is just across the road

We regularly travel from the other side of London to eat at this amazing restaurant. Consistently delicious! My favourite Indian in London, hands down. And love the BYO policy.

Delicious, great value and the best offy across the road with every beer you can imagine

We go here regularly and love it every time. The food is lovely the atmosphere is great. It is easy going and reliable. The coconut rice is a winner and the exotic dishes are really tasty. Those who are devotees of meat won't miss it, being one of those myself. I'd recommend it, the BYO policy is just the icing on the cake.

Delicious food, BYO and very reasonably priced - cant really ask for more!

I am not a vegetarian and I went Jai Krishna very sceptically... and loved it! I ended up trying half the menu each dish more tastey than the last, BYO is amazing the bill was around a tenner and we were all full!

Delicious vegetarian food. I wish I lived nearer so I could eat here everyday. Simple and basic interior but felt friendly. Excellent value for money. I don't drink alcohol but drinkers can bring their own booze. I love this place.

I've been eating here 25 years, the most consitently good vegi food anywhere,

Bring your own booze, means no inflated drinks charges. Food is excellent and service friendly as long as you're not expecting silver service you'll love it!

Always reliable, delicious, & good value. Have been a regular for 10 years

The food's delicious, cheap and filling. The booze is bring your own. What more could you want? Yes the seating's not that amazing and the staff are 50/50 for rudeness but the best but if you're like me and you don't care, it really doesn't change how good the experience is. Never feel afraid to get a doggy bag either.

As a local I have visited Jai Krishna a few times over ten years, but am mostly put off by the rude (stressed out?) owners. The food is ok, a bit too oily and sugary for being healthy.

Not gourmet but cheap, tasty and very friendly. Bring your own booze from the excellent off-license across the road.

Highly recommend this place - delicious vegetarian dishes at excellent prices (£3.25 for a main curry). Highly recommend the special chana kachori and pumpkin curry with paneer. Also it's BYOB - another bonus

30years on as an occasional visitor to London this remains my favourite vege restaurant. The service used to be even more friendly but the value for money is still unbeatable and you can take your own drink. My choice for my sixtieth birthday - atmosphere always pleasant.

I have been to Jai Krishna a few times (although not recently) and I think it's a wonderful place; incredibly cheap, low-key and friendly. Don't go there expecting extravagant opulence (in fact don't even go there expecting napkins and matching cutlery), but the prices, the motivation and most importanly the food, are all spot on. I think the 2 star review from TO is a bit harsh - the review it didn't seem to justify the 2 star conclusion.

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