I spend several days in the Marietta area every year for work and love good Indian Food. I discovered Haveli about 4 years ago and thought their lunch buffet was pretty darn good then. Things seem to have gone down hill some since. I made my annual pilgrimage a few days ago, but for dinner rather than lunch this time. I noted that the restaurant - a made over Applebee's - gets a little shabbier every year and needs serious updating now. I also noted that they are suppose to open at 5:30 but it was closer to 5:40 before anyone showed up to open the door (I was early, and hungry). When I went in at 5:45 I stood around for 5 minutes waiting to be seated. I was the only one there. Once seated the young lady that was my waitress was very nice and did a fine job, I have no complaints about the service from that point on, but again I was the only one there. For dinner I ordered the Haveli Special Lite - which is basically a sample platter for one. It came with Na'an bread, a lentil dish, and a basmati rice and vegetable dish; all of which were good. The proteins on the plate were a healthy portion of Tikka Fish and two pieces of Tandoori Chicken. The Fish was the highlight (ironically because I'm not big into fish). Its was moist and had that spicy flavor I expect from Indian Food. The Tandoor Chicken was the right bright color and should have been the star of the plate but it was extremely dry and had no real flavor. I was suspicious that it had been left under heat lamps since the lunch buffet. The rice and the lentil side dishes where actually the best part of the meal (and the glass of wine). All in all, I got my Indian Food fix but was not impressed. I give them a bit of a break since it was early on a Monday evening - not exactly high tide for restaurants. I might give them another chance just to see if the lunch buffet better as I remember it. but if I have a real craving for good Indian food I'll probably shop around the area some more.
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