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?
We are offering a new tasting menu, to give you a flavour of each of the varying regional styles found across India, with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Both options can be accompanied by a selection of matching wines or beers. Starting from £50, delight your taste buds with exotic dishes from Kolkata to Kabul.
Indulge in the decadent blue stilton and cumin naan baked in the tandoor with black winter truffles for only £12. Pair it with our trio of chicken tikka, for an extraordinary aromatic experience. We recommend a chilled glass of Palmer & Co Brut Reserve Champagne, too.
We also cater for events at your home, in our restaurant, or at a venue of your choice. Head chef Anirudh Arora and his team offer bespoke catering and private dining options for all your personal and corporate requirements. Our team are happy to accommodate all dietary requirements without compromising the delicious flavours of Moti Mahal, and our mixologist and sommelier are also on hand to ensure that the drinks match your budget and personalised menu.