In the past I have always thought good restaurant and Golf del Sur was a bit of an oxymoron, but when an acquaintance said he had had several meals at the Haweli Tandoori in San Blas, I knew we had similar taste because of other places we both liked so added it to my must try list.
When friends said they had just purchased a new house on the island and were shortly returning to the UK to start packing for their permanent return here it was a good time to meet and celebrate. We therefore decided that because of where they were staying, the Haweli was a convenient and new place to eat.
Compared to the modern, Indian food in stylish surroundings available in Playa de las Americas, Haweli feels like the poor relation, but once inside, the seating is comfortable and the tables well-spaced. It is nothing swish, but this unprepossessing Indian restaurant is far nicer than you expect. It is a rare beast in that while to those who don´t know it, it can be easily overlooked, but to those who have already discovered it they are serious fans. Despite only two people being in the restaurant when we arrived, by the time we left every table was full as well as all the tables outside.
The service was attentive in fact exceptionally so, as one young man went to great lengths to ensure everything was perfect for us. Whether he is always so friendly and polite I don´t know but as we left he did ask if we would recommend on Tripadvisor!
Once settled, we studied the extensive menu while we munched on pappadams and dips and there was no rush from the waiters. We all had starters, Jim had the Vegetable Samosas, Jan the Prawn Pakora, Kev the Chili Chicken and I had the Tandoori Chicken. They were all very good although my starter had an awful lot of onion which naturally got left.
I can’t remember what everyone had for their main but I think between us we had a Chicken Korma, something very spicy, a Chicken Karahi and I asked for the Chicken Malai, the waiter kept saying ‘Yes’ and pointing to the Malai Kofta so I assumed that this was chicken. We also had the usual assortment of naan breads, Onion Bhajis, Mushroom Bhaji etc, the table was laden.
When it arrived it all looked delicious. The rice was well cooked and plentiful the naans light and puffy and sprinkled with fresh coriander. I was surprised at the colour of my dish I had expected it to be yellow but instead it was bright red. OK different places different cooks. Everyone said how good their meal was but I couldn´t find any chicken in mine, instead there was something soft and sweet – not the fruit I normally have in this sort of dish. It was OK but I wasn’t over keen on the texture so for me not my best curry, but overall I would say that the cooking at Haweli which focuses on the spices, generally punches above its weight.
Would I go again, definately, but I would make sure that I knew exactly what I was eating on this occasion it was only when I got home and looked up Malai Kofta that I learnt I had actually ordered a vegetarian speciality and the strange textured, sweetish ‘balls’ were in fact mainly mashed potato.