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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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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: 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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 192
    Excellent
  • 132
    Very good
  • 60
    Average
  • 28
    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
Amazing Indian -- authentic yet creative

It's amazing how Chef Arora blends authentic regional ingredients and flavors and yet creates something new. Moti Mahal was recommended for a business dinner that became a more informal dinner with lots of noisy conversation. The staff were so accommodating -- I had reserved a table for 5 and yet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
rh24
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Ithaca, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Ithaca, New York
Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It's amazing how Chef Arora blends authentic regional ingredients and flavors and yet creates something new. Moti Mahal was recommended for a business dinner that became a more informal dinner with lots of noisy conversation. The staff were so accommodating -- I had reserved a table for 5 and yet we had a sixth person "dropping in" somewhat after the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The experience was simply awesome. I had gone here for dinner with a friend and we were recommended on what to order for food. The food turned out to be very high quality! Their Old Fashioned cocktail drink was the best Old Fashioned I'd had. Definitely recommended place to go.

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

Dear Bhavik K, We would like to thank you for your nice feedback. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our culinary experience. We wish you all the best and hope to seeing you soon. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went here with my boyfriend and his parents and we were wowed by the food. Our server was engaging and delightful and the atmosphere was nice - modern, high quality. The food was genuinely awesome.

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

Dear AudraOliver, We would like to thank you for reviewing us. We shared your feedback with the team and we are hoping to have the honour of having you again among our guests. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We had the Grand Trunk Road which is the tasting menu. This was the Degustation menu but instead of being French Cuisine it is Indian. Beautiful subtle flavours, wonderfully presented and explained, a really memorable culinary experience. This is not your average Indian. Its also not the mountain of food one normally experiences in an Indian restaurant. Its multiple courses... More 

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

Dear GeoffreyR, Moti Mahal wishes to thank you for your kind feedback. We are always happy to hear that our guests meet our endeavours. We are hoping to have you again in our restaurant and delight you with the other amazing dishes cooked freshly, day by day. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The food was absolute amazing from starter to main course.we received great treatment by the staff from when we entered the restaurant,well looked after us

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

Dear johncosta44, We would like to thank you for your review. The team wishes you all the best and we are looking forward to have you again among our guests. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Judging by the reviews! We had a very poor experience. Friday night, restaurant was busy, warmly greeted, and that is where it ends. Pretty poor service, waited to order drinks, junior waiter got them mixed up, waited a long time to order, starters came out at different times, when we asked where other starter was, we were told "we serve... More 

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

Dear Davesblackcat, We are terrible sorry to hear about your experience. We are investigating to see what happened on Friday evening and would like to apologise and politely ask you to take contact with us either calling (0207 2409329) or sending an email at marketing@motimahal-uk.com. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We spent Valentine's evening here. The surroundings were elegant, the service attentive and the food truly exceptional. The flavours were rich and robust and the wine flight was well chosen to go with them. Yes, it cost more than our local curry house, but it was about a million times better.

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

Dear Kate FD, Thank you for reviewing us with such lovely lines. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our Valentine's dinner. Our team wishes you all the best and we are hoping to please you again soon with our cuisine! Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

Reykjavik, Iceland
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Went to Moti for a business dinner we had a tasting Menu and it was exceptional will definitely go there again.

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

Dear johannes26, Our team would like to thank you for your lovely feedback. We are hoping to welcome you again soon and prepare for you delicious meals and drinks. Best wishes, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Where else would you pay £14 for a medium sized naan bread and not quibble - well it was full of Stilton and covered in black truffles. Good food and helpful service but I felt very rushed and the result was indigestion for the rest of the evening. We managed to spend £144 in an hour.

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

Dear 31San, We are very sorry to hear about your experience. We shared your feedback with our team and we are trying to find out what happened, why you were rushed. We hope the next time you will dine with us to offer you a better dining experience. Regards, Oana Stanjinel More 

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Moti Mahal has perhaps provided me with one of the most satisfying lunches I've had to do date. Great clean decor and view of the chefs preparing our finely cooked lunch as well as incredibly friendly staff. However, your wallet is bound to feel a slight pinch which is expected from such a quality restaurant in Central London.

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

Dear Ratings-Guru, Thank you for reviewing us. We appreciate very much the lovely words you wrote about us and we considered as well your thoughts about the pricing. We are hoping to welcoming you soon again. 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>  > Covent Garden
  • Neighborhood: Covent Garden
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7240 9329

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 62 - 93
  • 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Covent Garden
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