Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Haweli Groupon A Miss

Mystery dips with bread of some ilk
It had been years since either of us had been to Haweli, and neither of us had been there other than during their lunch buffet. So we decided to buy their Groupon and make a dinner time visit. Upon arrival, it was obvious they were trying to drum up more suppertime business as there was only one table occupied in a very large space when we arrived. Although most places we go for Indian food wind up being buffet style, we welcomed the opportunity to order from the menu and not stuff ourselves silly for once. Even though we weren’t 100% certain of what everything was, we picked a few things that sounded familiar and went from there.

Vegetable Samosas
The iced coffee we started with was premixed with milk, but had a liquid sweetener on the side, allowing you to sweeten to taste, which was greatly appreciated since we find most places have sweetened their iced coffee more than we’d like. We started off with complimentary bread, which was crispy and accompanied by two dipping sauces that we couldn’t identify. The red one was sweet while the green one was mildly spicy. Regardless, we enjoyed the texture of the bread and the interplay between the two sauces. Their naan was also tasty being both slightly crispy and soft at the same time. The aloo gobi, a dish made of potatoes, cauliflower and Indian spices, felt light and was well seasoned.

Butter Chicken
The remainder of the meal was neither impressively good nor bad, with the saffron rice being a bit on the dry side. The butter chicken was creamy and spicy, but the tomatoes in the sauce were overpowering much of the seasoning within. The vegetable samosa was somewhat greasy and had a mild taste, although I knew there were spices in there they were so mild you could hardly taste them. The paneer pakora, a type of fried cheese, was nice and soft inside, but suffered from the same seasoning problem as the samosa.

To finish we ordered kulfi, a frozen dense ice cream like dessert, thinking it would be similar to the one that @michpetersjones makes, but found it to be cloyingly sweet and thick. The gulab jamun, a ball of milk solids, deep-fried and served in sweet syrup, had a doughy texture. It was unfortunately not smooth like those we’d experienced at other Indian restaurants previously.

Overall we were left feeling somewhat unimpressed with their dinner menu, and wishing that we could find a place that served Indian food that would wow us that was located downtown.

More photos at PhotoBucket.

10220 103 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 0Y8


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  1. I've never had the dinner spread at Haweli but the lunch buffet is pretty ok. Give Khazana on 107 Street a try. They're right in the downtown area and their food is consistently good.

    1. We have indeed been to Khazana. That review will be coming soon, keep an eye out for it.

  2. Another good one!

    PS. How did you do that "You might also like" links at the bottom? Really cool.

    1. Thanks! The "You might also like" is a widget. You enter your site, how many suggestions you want, and "poof" it generates code you just put into your layout page.


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