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  • South African Indian Cuisine,
  • Restaurant,
  • Vegan,
  • Gluten-Free,
  • Dairy-Free,
  • Coffee,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
10131 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1W9
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours



  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

After operating the popular Block 1912 European Café on Whyte Avenue for 15 years, the Naidoo family needed a new culinary adventure – one where they could feature Selva’s beautiful South African Indian cuisine, one where Daya could still create delicious desserts and pastries, and one that demanded less time of the entire family. Daya and Selva’s daughter, Youmashni, says running Block 1912 “was enjoyable but intense. It was from 9 am to midnight, every day, seven days a week. My parents needed a change.”

They discovered and purchased the location for their new restaurant, Narayanni's, in the Arndt Machine Shop Building on 81 Avenue. But, because it’s a heritage building, transforming it into a restaurant was a challenge. Another issue was how undeveloped their end of Whyte Avenue was in 2006. “People walked Whyte Avenue, but they didn’t get past the train tracks,” says Youmashni. Their traffic solution was to start a buffet that served a la carte quality food and, thankfully, it worked.

For more than six years, Narayanni’s has remained successful, appealing to vegans thanks to Tuesday Vegan Nights and to those with celiac or lactose intolerance, while also attracting fans of unique, clean, delicious Indian style food. They’ve won a lot of recognition from local awards like Avenue’s annual Best of Edmonton. Even though the restaurant is a lot of work, they close two days a week to allow for more family time. Youmashni says, "We even close and go for family holidays, and that is what is very important to us as a family – to have quality time together as a family."

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Edmonton restaurants with the best cauliflower dishes

Edmonton restaurants with the best cauliflower dishes

A flawlessly fresh and perfectly prepared South African Indian buffet, Narayanni’s makes the city’s best Chai lattes (hands down!) and Mama Selva pours her heart and soul into every dish, using seasonal ingredients that change up her recipes daily. You can almost always find a fantastic cauliflower dish at Narayanni’s. Selva’s always spicy cauliflower and potato dish is balanced by the potato's starchiness and the cauliflower's tendency to absorb flavours.

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Great vegetarian eats in Edmonton

Great vegetarian eats in Edmonton

Narayanni’s is a nice and quaint restaurant right off Whyte Avenue. It is the definition of a mom and pop restaurant. The atmosphere is really great and very homey. They do a vegan buffet every Tuesday that feature a variety of dishes! They sometimes change, so if you really want to know what’s being served, you can call, but it’s all good!

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Best Vegan Restaurants in Edmonton

Best Vegan Restaurants in Edmonton

I first tried Narayanni’s on a Tuesday on their vegan buffet night, which is held once a month. I was surprised at how huge the buffet was! It’s a pretty good deal at $20 for so much selection. The buffet consists of delicious South African Indian cuisine. When it’s not vegan night, their regular buffet has lots of vegetarian options.

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