Established for almost 7 years, multi award winning Haveli Restaurant, located in Chilwell, offer an experience of traditional and fresh Indian food. 

We were warmly greeted by staff dressed in traditional Indian clothing. As we were shown to our seats, I noticed every table was dressed and set ready for other guests and napkins created to look like swans – lovely detail.

The rest of the décor was very warm and cosy, with large canvases of beautiful Indian women dressed in Saris.

After ordering drinks, one of the directors invited us to meet the chefs. All of them had worked all over the world in top establishments and have been at Haveli from the beginning.

They told us that they specialise in 5 sauce bases, which are freshly made on a daily basis.

The chefs continued to tell us about the quality of their Lamb and Lamb Shanks and how they always slow cook them for 4–5 hours to achieve the perfect tenderness.

Out of 13 starter dishes, we opted for the Tandoori Lamb Chops and Tandoori Chicken Tikka, which were beautifully presented.

The Tandoori Lamb Chops were tender and perfectly crispy, coated in a balanced spicy marinade. The Tandoori Chicken Tikka pieces, had a lovely kick of spice and melted in the mouth.

While waiting for the main courses, a passion fruit sorbet was served to cleanse our palettes.

With over 18 dishes to choose from, we chose Murgh Makhani and Desi Lamb. The presentation was perfect.

The Murgh Makhani had tender chicken pieces in a creamy tomato sauce, which was aromatic and mouth-watering.

The Desi Lamb, had good amount of spice in its sauce and the lamb was really juicy and full of flavour. We were told that The Desi Lamb was originally an old rural dish from Northern India and was traditionally made in a clay pot.

Alongside these we were served pilau rice, which was fluffy with lovely seasoning and a plain naan bread.

The dishes tasted amazing and reminded me of when I was travelling back in India – absolutely beautiful.

During our dinner we were presented with 3 non-alcoholic cocktails; Strawberry Daiquiri, Mojito and Passion Fruit Martini. They tasted as good as they looked!

By the end of our main courses we were satisfyingly full. However, the staff persuaded us to try two desserts, we just couldn’t resist.

We had a Gulab Jamum, which is a very traditional Indian dessert and served warm with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was light, with cake sponge texture and beautifully sweet, just delicious.

We also had a Malteser Cheesecake, of course this isn’t a traditional Indian dessert, but it was very chocolatey with a lovely biscuit base.

Haveli go the extra mile to make sure you feel extraordinary special and welcome.

I’ve visited Haveli before with my husband, a few years ago. I had mentioned to the staff after our main courses, that it was his birthday.

What happened next was beyond our expectation. Three members of staff performed a traditional Indian song to my husband. He then was treated with a small birthday cake, which was beautifully decorated and presented with a candle on the top. This was a wondeful surpise and completely complementary!

Haveli are a modern restaurant, with traditional values, who pay attention to detail and make sure that their customers are looked after.

They’ve also partnered with some local charities, and organise charity dinner events and support other charities in many other ways too.

If you’re wanting to experience beautiful Indian cuisine, with a warm and traditional atmosphere, then I would recommend heading to Haveli Restaurant in Chilwell.