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“Best Indian food I've had out of the UK.”
Review of Haveli at Harbour Lights - CLOSED

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Haveli at Harbour Lights
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Really enjoyed the food here, I had the Korma which was awesome. All my friends also enjoyed their meals. Wine list was good. Wait staff were all backpackers but were friendly and helpful. The nan breads were also very good. Will go back for sure. Also didn't find it too expensive.

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Thank PeppiBrisbane_
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I wa so excited when told my friend was having a 40th Birthday dinner at Havelli , as I love Indian food but what a let down . We were part of a booking for 20 people and had already pre-booked a banquet menu as the restaurant had advised this would be the quickest and easiest way for such a large group. bear in mind that this was a Saturday night in a tourist precinct . There were 4 wait staff handling both food and beverages , none of these staff had English as a first language . The first 2 guests who arrived 10 minutes before the majority received table service for drinks and were promptly served warm beer . After a lengthy wait the other guests starting going to the bar themselves only to discover that the language barrier really was quite tricky and that if they had anything bigger than a $20 note they could not be served as there was not enough change in the till . Unbelievable really .... One of the guests was quite upset about all this and asked to speak to a manager , there wasn't one , just 4 back packers and chefs . Despite all this though , when the food did eventually arrive , there was heaps and it was all delicious . I feel for the owners as 20 locals will not be recomending Havelli despite the great food.

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Thank Heath S
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Reviewed November 9, 2012 via mobile

I believe that given the location, they could make this a great Indian restaurant. Unfortunately the atmosphere is like dining in a service station in some remote, far off backwater, (not the location which is perfect!).

The main issue is staff. Understandably in this part of the world they employ backpackers to do the waiting. The owners need to make sure the wait staff can speak English. Out of the three people who served me, only one could communicate effectively in English. They nearly turned away a table of three due to poor English skills.

The food was acceptable, nothing bad, nothing good.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Cheap clean and friendly with a good selection to choose from, situated at Frankston waterfront next to the Pier, Italian style Pizza pasta steak and a whole lot more, nice, family friendly and good value. eaten here lots and always consistent.

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Thank Tony20002
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

i been to haveli few times with my family .so much choice of food. vege. platter was fantastic. really happy wid d service of friendly staff. i would say best indian restaurant in cairns.

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Thank 658stephen
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