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?
Also, this year, our head chef, Anirudh Arora, is holding vegetarian and traditional Indian cookery classes twice a month. Whether new to the kitchen or a self-professed foodie, don't miss out on booking these exclusive classes from £100 per person. The Discover India master class focuses on authentic Indian dishes from a variety of regions, whilst the vegetarian class will put a fresh new spin on cooking Indian food with vegetables.
Don't forget to apply for our membership schemes to benefit with discounts each time you dine with us. You will be welcomed with sparkling wine and have your own personalised bottle of whiskey to enjoy with your friends and colleagues.
We also cater for events at your home 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 mixologists and sommelier are also on hand to ensure that the drinks match your budget and personalised menu.