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Haveli in Tustin

I finally made it to the buffet at Haveli for lunch. The food is excellent and abundant. In addition to the standard tandoori chicken, they had fish curry, lamb curry, another chicken dish and several vegetable dishes, including aloo gobi. I think this is the best buffet in the area.

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  1. cross streets please, or better yet, address.

    hopefully i work near it

    1. Haveli. Address. 13882 Newport Ave, Suite G, Tustin, CA - 92867, USA. Phone : 714-669 1011
      Newport Ave (eastside) and 5 fwy

      1. I also ate here this week, and love the food here. This is one of the better Punjabi places I've eaten in, and the lunch buffet is only $8.

        1. Have only been for dinner,and I've praised it's food in an earlier post...they have the most unique and vibrant flavors of any Indian restaurant in OC...haven't found any better in LA as well.The Punjab dishes are great...must try the chicken methi,another chicken dish heavily laden w/ cumin,and the eggplant benta......
          my only concern w/ Haveli is that every time I've been,usually on Sat nights,the place is empty.....this is one of those family owned, unique and special places we have few of in OC,so please lets try and support it.

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          1. re: stormin norman

            I go to Havali often for lunch and dinner. It is truely one of the better Indian restaurants in OC and as yet an undiscovered gem. If it is any indication, it rates at the top of the list with almost all of my Indian friends. Well worth visiting and well worth your support.

            1. re: Tatter

              I heartedly agree...now if we can just get the overflow from Honda-ya to go around the corner and try Haveli,we may be able to keep it afloat.

          2. We went yesterday for lunch and were interested to try a few items from the menu. the place was half full with mostly indian families. After looking at the menu for a few minutes a guy(maybe the owner)asked us if we knew what we wanted? we said we need a few minutes. He asked us how a bout the buffet and I said no thanks. He then said have you tried our buffet and we said no. He said ours is diffrent and it is very good,you should try it! Like he was forcing us to go for the buffet. We felt uneasy and said ok. I felt the buffet was Ok. A lot of the dishes were very spicy and watered down. The chicken tandoori was good,but I didn't find any white meat. I liked the eggplant and tomato dish. Overal it was Ok,but what is the problem with indian resturants forcing you to eat their buffet. They could have made more money if we ordered from the menu. This happened to us at another indian restaurant in Irvine(clay oven). After they told us it was only buffet we walked out. This restaurants should realize not every body can stomach spicy food and heartburn is no picnic, so let people order from the menu, what they really want.

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            1. re: mrsjoujou

              I realize you didn't have a positive experience,but I would recommend trying it for dinner,where there is no buffet... I have found the food to be excellent,and definitely the most vibrant flavors of any Indian restaurant in OC...might I suggest you try the dishes I recommended in my post just above...you will also get white meat in those dishes.

            2. I went to Haveli for lunch last Friday and I was not disappointed. I really LOVED their garlic nan and chicken tikka masala. The chicken curry was good too and their spinach and cheese concoction. For $7.99 they have a great selection. I met the owner who told me that they have dinner buffets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

              I liked it too much that I went there again the next day for lunch and brought my Indian friends who gave it a high score.

              1. Does anyone know if they do the lunch buffet on weekends as well?

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                1. re: JAB

                  Yes lunch buffet everyday including weekends.

                  Dinner buffets tues and wed.

                  go to their website, you can print 10% off coupon as well.

                2. I was rather disappointed by this place after having read numerous positive reviews here and in the OC Weekly. We visited on a Wednesday night and despite the fact that there were only two other tables occupied, service was sullen and slow. Generally, the depth of flavors/spices was okay-to-good, but everything was too salty overall.
                  We ordered from the menu (rather than risk it on the forlorn looking buffet). Here's what we had, with comments:
                  Garlic Naan - soft, fresh and tasty, but not much of it.
                  Appetizer sampler platter - the samosa was hard and dessicated Really terrible, like the fried stuff you see at a 7-11 that's been sitting there for 24 hours. The pakora cakes were very good, though. The Tandoori chicken was decent. Tender and moist. However; I found it very odd that they opted to serve boneless breasts instead of the variety of bone-in chicken pieces I've had at every other Indian restaurant I've ever been to.
                  Chicken Jalfrezi - Tasty and plentiful. Good quality chicken.
                  Aloo Ghobi - Quite good, as it should be.
                  Tandoori PLatter - This was kind of redundant, since we had ordered the Appetizer platter that had quite a bit of Tandoori on it. Again, the chicken was decent, but the Tandoori Lamb was very dry and tough. Not very good. Overall, I'd say the Tandoori seemed at bit too much like Shake-n-Bake. Salty.

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                  1. re: willtre

                    I think if you had ordered the Punjab dishes,which they specialize in,instead of the standards,you would have had a completely different experience.The chicken mehti,cumin chicken and some of their other regional specialties are quite good,with an exceptional depth of flavors.Try it again with an eye toward the well spiced Punjab dishes and you will enjoy Haveli.