Date of Visit: December 10 2021
It’s not often I give a restaurant a second chance after a 1st poor first visit, but @haweli.restaurant (located near where I live on Ilford Lane) reached out and wanted me to give them another try so I went on a Friday night and here’s what I got.
Mixed Grill £20.99
Chaapi Kebab £3.99
Chilli Panner £5.99
Charsi Chicken 1/2 £16.99
Lamb Handi £9.49
Bhindi Masala £7.49
Keema Naan £3.99
Garlic Naan £1.99
Sadly it wasn’t second time lucky, I still found the food below average and wasn’t impressed with most of what I ate.
The mixed grill at over £20 was disappointing, with the exception of the sheesh kebab, every item was bland, hard, dry and suffered from being overcooked, probably due to being served on a hot sizzling plate.
The chappi kebab was nice, crispy exterior, good flavours and nice texture
The chilli panner was poor, with no texture or colour just some Panner tossed with a sweet unbalanced sauce.
I was recommended to try the house special Charsi Chicken, whilst the dish looked impressive, it wasn’t to my taste. I found the raw acidity of the tomatoes create an overpowering flavour and it just tasted like boiled chicken with tomatoes. Avoid.
The poor cooking continued with the Bhindi Masala, a bowl of oily goo that looked like it was made a week ago, the menu described it as cooked in a dry masala. All I could taste was the unhealthy amount of oil, zero taste of Okra. Awful.
I got a lamb handi, while the meat was tender and soft, overall the dish lacked depth in flavour.
The Keema naan was decent but half was burnt and inedible. The saving grace was the kheer it was tasty and very good.
Food is still below average and I definitely won’t ever return, nor would I recommend this place. Much better places for food in the area. Yet it’s still busy. The service was good and the interior is spacious and clean.
I was invited to review. The meal was complimentary.