Krishna (Arcade Independence Square).

Colombo isn’t incredibly vegetarian friendly so we’re always glad to find a place that does good veg dishes – Krishna seems to be one of them. They’re run by the guys who brought us Mathura, and have a little stall at Arcade Independence Square alongside Paan Paan and Lemongrass.


This is at the Arcade food court so if you go during good weather, the outside area is actually pretty nice with its clean white cane furniture. It’s not fun when it’s sunny though. The interior of the food court has wooden benches to sit on if you’re getting an ice cream cone but it doesn’t work for rice and curry. So if it’s not a cool evening, you’re better off doing take-away.

The Food

The menu includes a variety of Indian dishes from masala to vada and paratha, and some combo deals. Everything nicely falls in the Rs. 200 range. We just tried their biriyani combo, which includes rasam, chutney, onions, and a square of Indian sweet, for Rs. 230.

I’m usually a big fan of chicken so I had my doubts about this packet – but it was actually very good, with plenty of veggie chunks, a very spicy chutney, and strong hints of thick masala in the rice. The portion wasn’t the overflowing type of typical buth packets but just enough for one.


Krishna is a decent choice if you’re at the Arcade and you’re craving vegetarian. It’s affordable too. For other veg options in Colombo check out our top 5 vegetarian restaurants.

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