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Moti Mahal

#883 of 17,572 Restaurants in London
#952 of 18,495 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Covent Garden
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45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
+44 20 7240 9329
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant...
Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
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    Very good
  • 69
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  • 32
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Subtle spice and fresh seafood

Some really thoughtful spice selection and balancing of flavours. Seafood starters were excellent and went very well with the Wunsch & Mann Cuvee St Remy Gewurtztraminer. Tiffin set lunch was more heavily spiced, but with good ingredients. Quite different from other top-end Indian restaurants I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Robert S
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This is one of the better Indian restaurants in London. The service is outstanding and the food is brilliant. I will certainly recommend this restaurant to everyone. Please keep up the quality. Well don

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Some really thoughtful spice selection and balancing of flavours. Seafood starters were excellent and went very well with the Wunsch & Mann Cuvee St Remy Gewurtztraminer. Tiffin set lunch was more heavily spiced, but with good ingredients. Quite different from other top-end Indian restaurants I have tried. It would be good if they offered their pre-theatre menu at lunchtime as... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Robert S, We would like to thank you for your feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed our recipes. We do have a set menu for lunch as well, the Tiffin menu. We wish you all the best and we hope to have you among our guests any time soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went there with a business party of four and everything was excellent. The food was very good without being over-seasoned or over-spiced. Very good wine list and the chef sent a few extra goodies out to the tables regularly. Would recommend highly

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Edp25, Thank you very much for your kind feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

First I have to say the service excellent. A lot of restaurants aren't so attentive to a single diner (especially on relatively busy Friday night) but this was not the case.The food menu has good variety and it helps if you know a little bit more about Indian cuisine than just "tikka masala". However, waiter was very helpful in explaining... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Douglas O, Thank you very much for your time to review us. We are happy to read your review and to find out that your dining experience in our restaurant had pleased you. We shared your comments with our staff and we look forward to welcoming you with other occasions. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Wayyyy to over priced for what they did. The service was very good, but not worth the price of getting barely any food. What kind of place doesn't offer rice or naan automatically with an Indian dish!? I got a chicken dish from out of the punjab, it tasted fine and wasn't too spicy but 6 pieces of small chicken... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Mary A, We wish to thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that dining in our restaurant did not please you as you were expecting. We shared your comments with our team and we hope that the future will change your mind and give us a second opportunity. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

n.ireland
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Had read about this place and had big expectations which were not met. Service was perfect, lovely decor, nice atmosphere. Trouble was the food! Expensive and by no means special. Our chicken dish had way too much brown, scrappy pieces of meat. The sauce was very good but I have had better in less pleasing surroundings. Will not be returning,... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear gerryoN_ireland, We are sad to read your opinion. We shared your feedback with our team of chefs. We wish you all the best. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Sheffield
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We hadn't booked. The ground floor was busy and we ate downstairs, initially on our own in a large space but joined before long by two larger parties. The service was attentive, concerned that we were enjoying our experience. We both had the Faridkot, a vegetarian tasiting menu of four courses, nine dishes in all. Care had clearly been taken... More 

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear GardnerLord, Thank you very much for your time to review us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Vegetarian Faridkot menu matched with your own selection of drinks. We shared your kind feedback with the team and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Verona, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We were smart enough to take some suggestions of our servers regarding what to order. The dal dish was absolutely delicious- and my husband will not ordinarily eat lentils. The lamb chops were succulent. We will definitely return.

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear lauragk66, We wish to thank you for your review. We are happy to know that you enjoyed dining downstairs and loved our tasting vegetarian menu. We shared your great words with our team and we hope to welcome you again any time soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Post theatre dinner on Friday eve! Fantastic food made even better by the best service we've ever had!! The waiter looked after us so well! Plenty of recommendations from him and paced the delivery of the food very well! We will be back!

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Steve C C, Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very happy to see your great review and to know that you had a good time dining with us. We wish you all the best and hope to welcoming you again soon. Best regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Sydney , Australia
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193 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Dined late here after the theatre and it lived up to our expectations. Shared starters and mains, good twist on traditional Indian dishes, most of the dishes had a fair bit of heat in them, Naan was spot on, service was very attentive. Highlights were lamb and any of the chicken dishes.

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MotiMahal-London, Public Relations Manager at Moti Mahal, responded to this review

Dear Michael Y, Thank you for your time to review us. We shared your great feedback with the kitchen and staff teams. We look forward to welcoming you with other occasions as well. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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Additional Information about Moti Mahal

Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
Open Hours:
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 62 - 94
Cuisine: Indian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
  • Public Transportation: Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 62 - 94
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business

Description

Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. 'An unexpected delight' (Hardens Guide), Inspired by the culinary roots of India, particularly along the famed Grand Trunk Road, Chef Anirudh Arora brings you time-honoured dishes and recipes. By accentuating new tastes and flavours from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses. A perfect setting, with curved glass-fronted kitchen and gleaming copper bar, and attentive service will transform your meal in a memorable experience, and Moti Mahal is also 'perfect before a show' (Zagat).
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Covent Garden
Whether you're headed here to check out the multitude of shops, theaters, cafes, pubs, and restaurants, or simply to be among the multitude of people who pass through this pretty part of town, you'll love soaking up the festive and historic atmosphere in and around Covent Garden. Even if you don't have tickets to the opera or a show at one of the many famous theaters here, don't be surprised if find yourself captivated by some impromptu act of a street performer wowing the crowds in Covent Garden's Piazza. If you do have tickets, you'll be pleased to note that many of the local eateries accommodate theatergoers with prix fixe menus, early dinners, and later than usual opening hours. 


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