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Moti Mahal

#637 of 17,068 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Covent Garden
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45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA, England
+44 20 7240 9329
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place has won a prize for cleanliness and indeed seems clean. t Also, the service was nice. But the food lacked in spices, the meat was over cooked, tired vegetables, and rice was just OK. Bottom line, I would not return to this place. The prices were low, but I wold prefer to pay more.

1 Thank 190414
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I was so disappointed that the old Moti Mahal has closed down. There are new owners and a new chef. The food is now distinctly average, in fact it was terrible. It used to be treat to come to the old Moti Mahal, but I shall never come back to the new version.

1 Thank drajaygoel
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

The one I went to was next door to travelodge on drury lane. Went for hottest dish on menu but tasted like a korma. But they kindly supplied a dried chili so broke that up and that added some heat thank God - charged £7 for cobra bottle that you can buy fpr £2. But waiter was very helpful in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

Booked a table for a friends birthday and had a fantastic experience. They used to be located a few yards away but have moved now. Nevertheless, the food was amazing as usual even though I ordered off the menu, the staff were very helpful and the deserts they have are incredible, its a must have for those looking to try... More 

1 Thank Tanvir H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Booked for a different restaurant and when we arrived in Great Queen St it was not at that address -rang to ask where they were. They then said they had moved (but didn't tell us when we booked). The one we then had to go to in Drury Lane used to be called Takari ( poor trip advisor reviews) but... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

By far this small cute little restaurant surprised us. It is few steps walk from the Natural History Museum. Very friendly staff, no nonsense. They prepare the food in basement and watch how the food is sent to the main level. Pretty cool 🙂

1 Thank she v
Stockholm County, Sweden
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

We had a very bad experience at Moti Mahal, the very opposite from the experience we had in 2012. The food had deteriorated and was bland at best. They seem to have lessened their ambitions in the kitchen. I had lamb´s brain as a starter with was ok, but the main vegetarian dishes were a tasteless disaster. Vegetarian indian dishes... More 

2 Thank itellitthewayitis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

I wish to thank our team of chefs, waiters, bartenders, managers, third party collaborators, owners, our CEO and not lastly to our guests. It's been great to work in such a wonderful place and an honour to meet it's people. Will miss you all.

2 Thank jaida_12
London, United Kingdom
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67 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a great shame. We ordered MM through the Deliveroo website once a fortnight. Best Indian by far far far. I hope the owners can alert TA to any new restaurant that they open in MM's place. I am the first customer.

Thank Ludgatecircus15
bloomsbury london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

Walking along Great Queen Street last night (29 Feb '16) I noticed with dread 'closed for business' signs in all windows. Their website today says they are permanently closed and thanks all customers over the last 10 years. I am really upset. I live nearby and this was a gem of a smart Indian restaurant serving reallyexcellent food. It became... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$53 - $79
Indian, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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
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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Covent Garden
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