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Moti Mahal

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45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn
+44 20 7240 9329
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 127
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 27
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Still the best Indian restaurant in london

My previous visit was a couple of years ago so I was delighted to see not much has changed - delicious, inventive food and courteous service. For anyone used toa Friday night curry washed down with pints of beer, this restaurant is an eye opener. Refined cooking at its best. When booking, ask for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
nottinghilltraveller
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london
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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409 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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london
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My previous visit was a couple of years ago so I was delighted to see not much has changed - delicious, inventive food and courteous service. For anyone used toa Friday night curry washed down with pints of beer, this restaurant is an eye opener. Refined cooking at its best. When booking, ask for a table upstairs as the basement... More 

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

Dear Nottinghilltraveller, We would like to thank you for your time and reviewing us. We are very happy to hear that you came back after years and had a good dining experience. We shared your lovely feedback with our team and we are hoping to welcome you again soon. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
178 reviews 178 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

A large group of us visited for an evening meal during the week. We had a set menu, which offered a good selection of food, tandoori chicken to start and the tikka chicken in a tomatoe sauce, rice and lentils accompanied with raita and bread. Overall, this was a great tasting dinner, the staff were very attentive and looked after... More 

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

Dear Colin R, We would like to thank you for reviewing us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our set menu and the hole dining experience. Our team wishes you all the best and we are hoping to welcoming you again soon. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Nagpur, India
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

I have had the privilege of eating packed meals from here on many occasions in the past. But the experience of dinning here was a Treat in itself. Lovely Indian dishes both Veg and Non-veg. Welcome drink hot Shorba on chilly london night set the mood rolling, wetting the taste buds. I will specially recommend Lamb Chops, they are amazing.... More 

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

Dear RaviDargan, We would like to thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our dishes and beer, our team is looking forward to delight you again! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Starting with the negatives: (1) we had to be quite firm that we wanted the pre-theatre set meal (£23 per head), for which a separate menu was then supplied - had our party not known about this (and indeed booked to eat at 5.30 p.m. specifically because of it), I'm fairly certain we wouldn't have been offered it, and (2)... More 

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

Dear John B, We would like to thank you for the time you shared with us, dining and reviewing afterwards, we appreciate it very much. We apologise if our staff was too insistent in offering other menus, but we encourage them to present all our meal offers to our guests so they can explore our wide selection of dishes and... More 

Melbourne, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Loved the food (tandoori/tikka chicken a knockout!), the ambience, service and staff. A lovely restaurant for a more refined Indian dinner. Would not hesitate to recommend.

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

Dear ChrisAnnieMelb, We would like to thank you for the beautiful lines you wrote about us. We hope to be welcoming you again soon. Regards and best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Excellent meal carefully selected along the Moghul Road and with the help of very efficient Mr. Bibesh and his other Nepali colleagues - an especially pleasant surprise for a Swiss visitor to London having spent 3 youthful years in Dolakha Jilla. Namaste bahadi manche!

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

Dear Christian H, Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed dining in our restaurant and surely we wish having the posibility of delighting you again when you will visit London. Regards and best wishes from our staff. Oana Stanjinel More 

New Delhi, Delhi, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This restaurant does catering for our corporate flights, and passengers have enjoyed it in the past, so thought we would visit the restaurant to eat and give our next catering order. We were greeted with grand hospitality, promptly seated, and served a large variety of excellent authentic Indian cuisine with a delightful presentation. We will always place our catering orders... More 

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

Dear Bill K, We would like to thank you for your time of writing such beautiful lines about us. We are honored to provide your company our catering services and more honored to have you as guests in the restaurant! Chef Ani and the team wish you a very successful year with tasty flights! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A place surely to visit for a wonderful fine dining experience. Excellent decor , outstanding authentic Indian cuisine and amazing hospitality. My favourite dish - lamb chops .

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

Dear Ankitdhand, Thank you for your time to write the review for us. We are very happy to see your lovely review and are looking forward to welcoming you again! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Portland, Oregon, United States
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is THE Indian restaurant to visit before an evening show. The food is exquisite. Truly amazing. Pinch a copy of restaurant's cookbook "Food of the Grand Trunk Road" as well before heading out.

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

Dear JDL-in-PDX, Thank you for writing the review for us, we are very happy you enjoyed dining in our restaurant. I have shared your feedback with the team and we are very much hoping to welcoming you again soon. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Have been going here for several years, but last night the food was outstanding. The truffle and blue cheese naan was a delight, the flavours on the chicken kebabs, the beef kebabs and the lamb chops (sorry they have fancier names but I can't recall) were popping. The curries were not so memorable but the smoked aubergine mash was gorgeous... More 

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

Dear Dastardlymutt, We would like to thank you for writing the review. We are very happy you enjoyed our new truffle & blue cheese naan and the other dishes. We shared your beautiful words with the kitchen staff, they are hoping to delight you again soon! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

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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>  > Bloomsbury / Holborn
  • Neighborhood: Bloomsbury / Holborn
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 90
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?