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Rani boasts a comprehensive range of dishes to enjoy in comfortable, relaxed surroundings alongside a wide selection of drinks.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 16:00, 18:00 - 23:00


12:00 - 16:00, 18:00 - 23:00

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By Andrew M.

Rani is one of my favourite places to eat. Since I discovered it I've been going regularly, and I've yet to find anyone who doesn't enjoy it as much as me!

They've recently introduced a buffet which is even better! I really don't have a bad word to say about Rani.

By Gino L.

By far the best indian vegetarian restaurant I have come across.. Not only is the food very tasty it seems to feel healthy in some way.. Ingredients seem fresh and portions are very generous.. Waiters very very friendly and prompt. Definitely worth a visit

By Umang S.

Avoid at all cost! Being an Indian, it is easy for me to spot authentic Indian food. This one certainly doesn't serve authentic Indian food (at least not fresh!). We ordered 3 curries and to my surprise all the curries had the same gravy (not even a bit different). Service was sub-standard, there was only one waitress catering for 8-9 tables. Having said that most of the tables were having buffet (still she was pretty busy with drinks orders etc). Part of the restaurant was under renovation, with builders passing your table. Would not call it your classic restaurant ambiance. However that shouldn't bother much, as I guess that will be over sooner or later. Not to mention that the owner was busy with the builder leaving the poor waitress on her own. I would have definitely slapped 1 star, had it not been for the yummy "aloo bhajia".

By Rahul D.

RANI is one of our lovable places in London..Its been there 26 years serving the authentic Indian Gujarati dishes since then... I have been regular there and must say that it is a dream place for vegetarians and even for people who are non-vegetarian. The Buffet is huge and full of life...With 8 starters, 2 rice, 4 curries, 1 Lentil soup, Masala dosas, Bread and 2 desserts, what more one can ask.. And all this unlimited for £15... The ambience is very warm and inviting.. The staff is very lovable, respectful, knowledgeable and attentive.. Recently I got to know that it is now under a new Management and let me tell you, they are doing a wonderful work. With new changes coming to the restaurant, I am sure the restaurant will go long way.. So all you people, I strongly recommend Rani for their food quality, service and love especially...

By T.

This is a vegetarian only restaurant with very tasty if not rather small and dainty portions.

Whilst the food is better than average the prices are rather higher than most others too and the portions smaller.

They are very efficient at adding you to their mail list and then send you coupons for discounts and offers if you go again.

Whilst I have enjoyed my meals there its not on my list of regular places because the meal sizes are not really big enough to satisfy me without ordering a lot extra. Probably more suited to small appetite vegetarians?

By Olivia G.

A short walk from Finchley Central tube, and in a secondary shopping parade, this Indian restaurant (established in 1984) looks like thousands of others. Even when you step inside, despite a recently re-decoration in deep reds and black, it still feels like an ordinary Indian restaurant.

The Venue
The restaurant space is broken up with an archway leading through to more dining tables; photos of old Indian city scenes and wall hangings complete the look.

The Atmosphere
The place is fairly busy on a weekday evening – mainly with couples. Background music is unobtrusive and as you would expect, it’s a fairly casual place. Staff are friendly and attentive.

The Food
Just when your heart is about to sink a little, the Gujarati food puts in a stellar appearance. A big feature of this place is the serve-yourself buffet, the preferred option for most of the diners. Food is freshly cooked and includes Indian favourites as well as some more unusual dishes.

Starters may include bhel poori – a concoction of onion, puffed rice, coriander, tamarind and potato in natural yogurt; and masala dosa – a crispy waffle-like rice creation crammed with potato and onion. Then there is stuffed idli – with sambar to accompany it; and stuffed aloo (potato) papri chaat. With a large bowl of freshly made salad - green leaves, tomato, peppers - and 12 pickles and condiments from which to choose, those are just the starters.

Mains include murcha paneer (tomato and peppers), banana methi (funugreek) or chana dal (chick pea) or a choice of another five. The paneer is not rubbery but deliciously fresh and the accompanying sauce has a depth of flavour, but is not overly spicy. The main meals all taste different – not just a selection of the same vegetables in different sauces, a common Indian restaurant failure. A few fried hot options add a touch of wickedness to your plate: mogo, potato or onion bhajee and a choice of rice adds a final flourish. All the items are clearly labelled so those on special diets, such as dairy-free, wheat-free, nut-free are well catered for.

For dessert they serve up a lovely shrikhand (made from yogurt and cardamom) with a fresh and well-presented soft fruit salad. The buffet is a bargain £15 per head, and choices change regularly.

The Drink
The drinks here are those you would expect: a white and red house wine and a small choice of soft drinks. It’s as well that all you really need is a glass of cold Cobra beer to accompany your feast.

The Last Word
For vegetarian Indian food, there are few places that can beat this, especially at these prices. You’d probably have to go for India for that.

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