First Taste

Haweli Indian Grill and Bar in Scottsdale: Excellent Naan and Satisfying Korma

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Haweli Indian Grill and Bar Location: 7000 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale Open: Over a month Eats: Indian, Pakistani Price: $20 per person

The intersection of Scottsdale and Shea might be the fastest growing neighborhood in Scottsdale right now. Over the last few months the area's seen quite a number of new restaurants enter the scene, including most recently Haweli Indian Grill and Bar.

The restaurant, owned by Sarwan Singh, takes over a space that one housed a sports bar. Since it closed, the space has sat empty. It's now a spacious, elegant restaurant that moonlights as an upscale banquet hall. The restaurant's lunch and dinner menu is quite extensive, featuring more than 70 different entrees in addition to appetizers, salads, and desserts.