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?
The restaurant offers guests a unique dining experience through the wide open-kitchen, you can see the team of chef's meticulously preparing the food and grilling it in the tandoors. You can also have a look at the collection of personalised whiskey bottles for all our loyal customers, but also our own Grand Trunk Road gin and beer, drinks that dance along the flavours of Indian cuisine.
If you are looking for a private room, the downstairs area accommodates up to 40 seated guests, perfect for formal or informal meetings, receptions or birthday parties. You can choose from the wide selection of party menus, and the in-house sommelier will match perfectly all the dishes with the finest wines or beers. If you book for more than 20 guests, don't forget to ask for your gift, the reception team will make sure you receive it.
Also the restaurant provides monthly cookery classes, the secrets of the traditional and vegetarian recipes revealed in the very same kitchen of the chef's team.
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