This is a decent Indian restaurant. I thought that, given the owners' Caribbean births, they might put a novel twist on the Indian food they serve; unfortunately, Marla's offers straight-up North Indian fare and the Caribbean items are separate. I'd be curious to see if they could add some new, West Indies flavors to a South Indian dish like a dosa---that would really intrigue me and force me to come back.
My alu gobi was nothing spectacular. I was happy they were willing and able to veganize it for me but the dish itself was a bit flat and not memorable in any way.
The service was slow but friendly. Ambience and decor were passable, though a bit dreary and dark. I'll probably go back here as Marla's is, as of late 2008, the only remaining Indian restaurant in Uptown. But it didn't blow me away. If you're looking for fresher, more innovative Indian-esque tastes in a better atmosphere, check out Namaste Cafe or The Himalayan.