Pan-Indian cooking, with expertly balanced spicing and a lightness of touch; seek gravitas in the ground-floor dining room, more date-appeal in the basement.
Class, poise, judgement: these words might well be embossed on Moti Mahal’s burnished copper bar, beside the serried ranks of expensive whiskies. This London outpost of Delhi’s celebrated restaurant group is geared to international business diners and priced accordingly. Weighty linen tablecloths, polished wooden flooring, an ambient soundtrack and a spotless open kitchen (viewed behind a curvaceous glass partition) lend gravitas to the ground-floor dining room – as do diligent, multinational staff and a bulky wine list. The basement, with its enveloping red-velvet banquettes, has more date-appeal.
The food? It’s moderately inventive pan-Indian, with expertly balanced spicing and a lightness of touch evident in the superb breads and rice. We were sad to see brain had slipped from the menu, but noted the varied choice of vegetarian dishes, including jackfruit in a roasted onion and coconut masala. Perfect salad specimens presented on a board with DIY spicing (in pestle and mortar) account for the £1.50 cover charge. An à la carte starter of crab and quail’s egg rolls had ample flavour and just-cooked zing, though the eggs were quite rubbery; a set-lunch main of gosht shakarkandi was like rogan josh, with beautifully tender lamb and dense, flavour-soaked chunks of sweet potato. Puddings are also worth exploring. You’ll get high-class cooking in impressive surroundings, but gastronomic adventurers might yearn for more thrills – and blench at the prices: £7.50 for a nondescript lassi, anyone?
To celebrate our 10th anniversary and to thank you for your kind patronage we have planned some special events including guest chefs and vintners, food and beverage pairings, giveaways and supporting a children’s charity.
We are delighted to partner with Stellar International Art Foundation to celebrate the restaurant’s tenth year of serving unique dishes from the famous Grand Trunk Road.
From the 13-18 July the acclaimed guest chef Irfan Khan will create a unique set menu focusing on dishes from the Lucknow region of India, all themed around the esteemed artist and former celebrated guest of the restaurant MF Husain who was from the region.
Following the 18 July, Moti Mahal’s acclaimed Head Chef Anirudh Arora will create a menu with dishes inspired by the work of each artist.
Also in July we are offering free sparkling to all our evening diners and have started a charity fundraising for Children with Cancer UK.
Further on in August we will have gin pairings, in September Indian wine Pairings, in October Sake matchings, the 10th Royal Diwali celebration in November and December will come with the event of the donation and Champagne celebrations.
Follow our website for more info. www.motimahal-uk.com