Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.motimahal-uk.com/
  • Phone: 02072409329x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday lunch: 12pm - 3pm
    Monday - Saturday dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Anirurdh Arora
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We love catering for parties and special events. Email us at: reservations@motimahal-uk.com and we'll take the hard work off your hands.
  • Special Events: Lunch offer: £16 Tiffin Lunch. Our tasty pre and post theater menu is £23 and includes a signature cocktail.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Tube: Covent Garden, Holborn, Leicester Square (5 min walk)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
A word from Moti Mahal
Moti Mahal is the chic London outpost of the celebrated Delhi restaurant which opened in 1959. ‘An unexpected delight’ (Harden’s guide). Inspired by the culinary roots of North India's Grand Trunk Road; Chef Anirudh Arora has created time honored dishes and recipes, by accentuating new tastes and flavors from India's richly woven history, the new menu at Moti Mahal is a feast for the senses.

Attentive service and casual, elegant surroundings; the ideal treat before or after any show in the West End.
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Moti Mahal reviews from OpenTable diners
181 reviews since 31 October 2013
Average Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambience3.7
    Value3.1
74% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (75)fit for foodies (69)business meals (66)good vegetarian options (54)pre/post theatre (53)romance (41)group bookings (19)sunday lunch (5)outstanding value (5)outdoor eating (3)child friendly (3)afternoon tea (2)brunch (2)Show More
  • Good not great
    Jamjaw
    Dined on 29/10/2014
    Good food but quite pricey and not the most attentive service.
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  • Over priced very poor service
    Milkit
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    The service was exceptionally poor and slow. It took 20 minutes to clear tables drinks took 15 minutes to arrive and we had to repeatedly ask for more - you'd think they don't want to sell any! The curries were basically thick soup and poor quality meat. I'm so confused about how they justify the huge prices for very poor food. Honestly, pass this up for your local or take a trip to verraswamy or tamarind a few minutes away. I'm so disappointed because they just need to up their game!!
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  • Excellent food, but they 'push'.
    Brucelondon
    Dined on 18/10/2014
    I have eaten a few times at Moti Mahal over the past year. Meals have ranged from taster menu with paired wine, to lunch specials, to this time, a £23 special. I have always liked the food at Moti Mahal. Ambience is very good, with a nice view of the kitchen and prep work. Ambiance was a bit destroyed this time by a screaming baby during much of the meal. Waitpeople are very attentative, w. water glasses filled up quickly. On this occasion, we were doing a 'pre-theatre' with friends there for the first time, and the waitpeople understood we needed to get in and out in an hour and a quarter. This was fine. What was not fine, was a real push to get expensive items in addition to the £23 special; despite saying no, the waiter kept asking.
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  • Pre theatre menu
    Angel
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Though the staff try to encourage customers to the main menu the pre theatre option if fantastic value. The quality is outstanding and portions very generous. Staff are very helpful and friendly and explain the menu to new clients.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 15/10/2014
    I was presented with a complimentary DIY salad whih we had to cut and dress ourselves which was a surprising but enjoyable experience. We probably over ordered by 1 dish but otherwise the food was satisfying with particular reference to the butter chicken. The service was good, it was a relief that the chef was indian as nobody else in the restaurant was. When the bill came we were both very surprised that without dessert or alcohol it was £140 which is quite ridiculous so value for money, I'd say is very poor. On top of that, we had been charged a cover. When i asked the manager, he said it was for the salad which we were initially told was complimentary. Thankfully he did remove it.
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  • Amazing food but very expensive
    foodmole
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    A lovely restaurant with a lovely calm atmosphere. The staff were extremely attentive but not over the top and we're very knowledgeable about the menu. Having said all this it was incredibly expensive at £125 for 2 people 2 courses each and a small glass of wine each but it was for a 25th birthday and was a lovely meal so I might one day go back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty 'taster menu'
    Happydays
    Dined on 30/9/2014
    Another great meal. The new taster menu is excellent; lighter and different tastes.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Tasty food, friendly service
    Thecookiemonster
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    Had the pre theatre special, food was excellent, very tasty indeed, a mixture of beef, chicken and lamb dishes with some very nice starters.
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  • Great food in a lovely setting
    JimB
    Dined on 16/9/2014
    Previously tried to just turn up for a table but you need a reservation. Ambience is lovely. Tables are not too close together which permits a level of intimacy. Food is lovely but be aware that the menu doesn't indicate the level of heat in each dish so if in doubt or if you prefer something milder then you will ned to ask. Service was very good - not fussy or overly attentive. However, the cost is on the higher side than many restaurants in the Covent Garden area. I've been before and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • discover new dishes
    Snowbird
    Dined on 15/9/2014
    Living in France we miss good Indian food. This surpassed our expectations with the taster menus, one veggie and one non-veggie. both were excellent. Packing a lot into our visit to London we were able to enjoy this delicious meal and still be in time for the Theatre. Will definitely visit again and recommend to UK based friends and family.
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  • Good indian in theater district
    Fitz
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    We had the pretheater special at 23 pounds . Food was excellent and service great.
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  • Excellent...
    Watsonthered
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Went on recommendation and was completely delighted . The service was excellent , friendly , helpful and well informed . The menu was interesting but very clear and not overly engineered . Loved the cheese naan which was unusual , not convinced by the monkfish but that was purely personal. Would go again and would recommend.
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  • Good but too expensive
    Phiona
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Loved the Nan, loved the lentils side dish anclose staff were very informed and attentive (bit too much for me but my companions liked the attention. The masala chai was really good. I work very close by and I intend to go and have a cup of tea with nan and lentils once a week. I would not go back quickly for a main meal, although good the cost is too high.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting menu ...
    Duchess69
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Four of us had the tasting menu and it was excellent. We could not fault it. The restaurant was busy but there was no delay in the food service. However, our gin and tonics, which we ordered at the beginning of the meal, we're very slow,to arrive at the table so that we had no time to drink them before the food began to be served. However, this is a minor criticism and we will certainly go back again!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious authentic Indian cuisine
    LesB66
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Delicious and authentic Indian cuisine that was very well prepared and presented. Particularly liked their initial table offering of making your own salad from the raw ingredients and spices provided. Will rebook for sure.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A stunning assault on the tastebuds
    Murrays
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    As ever, Moti Mahal did not disappoint. Truly, the flavours are just not describable. If you think you know Indian food - you don't until you try Moti Mahal. They do great cocktails too! We had the trio of chicken from the grill as a shared starter - each chunk of chicken had a distinct and wonderful flavour. Amazing! For the mains we shared the butter chicken and the lamb shank accompanied by the lentils and pilau rice/naan. The meat dishes were, again, distinct in their tastes and extremely enjoyable. They were rich so you fill up quickly. We couldn't go onto deserts! We love this place and it was my wife's birthday treat to go again. The only down side is that it is NOT at all cheap. Budget for at least £60 per head.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Indian food!
    Murka
    Dined on 18/8/2014
    Varied, excellent Idian food. Particularly good for vegetarians and for pre threatre dining.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Saturday Dinner
    KLofRH2
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    An excellent meal and catered well for our no gluten, no dairy no meat needs without any fuss. Excellent tasty food well presented. The waiting staff were very frriendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Really enjoyed our visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious again!
    MandJ
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We have eaten here at least 6 times and have never been disappointed. Lovely food again - had the cocktail and 3 course meal for £23 offer. Will always return
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    Hungryman
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I had heard of Moti Mahal and its excellent reputation for outstanding food and service. I was not disappointed. I had the very reasonably priced Tiffin meal - which was extremely tasty, varied and plentiful (which is no easy win given my normally large appetite). Service was spot on - didnt feel rushed. I took my parents and they too were glowing in their feedback - again not easy given the high bar expected by native indian's! Well done MM - we will be back.
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  • regulardiner
    Dined on 24/7/2014
    We enjoyed our meal but overall both the food and drinks were expensive. The service was rushed but attentive.
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  • Great food and service
    Party44
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    First time here and must say very impressed. Had lunch tiffin offer for £16 which was amazing value otherwise likely to be too expensive for regular dinners would go back for a special occasion when I'm wiling to pay more
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    afternoon tea, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angel
    Dined on 14/7/2014
    This restaurant consistently offers excellent food and during the pre-theatre time excellent value . The service is courteous, helpful and efficient. Colleagues I have taken there usually go back!!!
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre
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  • Ideal Indian
    FinalFridayCurryBoys
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    Sensational food. Spiced to perfection. Friendly staff, not overly attentive. Stylish decor. Very pricey but careful sharing of the portions will work.
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  • Fantastic food
    Lm1985
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Outstanding food, great service. Highly recommended!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Lazynative
    Dined on 20/6/2014
    Excellent as always but need to work on delivering either better value for money or better deals as the menu is probably the priciest Indian in London at the moment, worth it but only just.
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  • MJB496
    MJB496
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Excellent quality, friendly and knowledgable staff. Perhaps a bit on pricey side but then this is Central London!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beats your average curry by miles
    AnnaB
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    I would definitely recommend this to Indian cuisine lovers, even if it is pricey. Moti Mahal have fine-dining to a tee and an amazing cocktail bar (cucumber G+T anyone?) It's in a brilliant location near the centre of Covent Garden and an open kitchen keeps it modern and interesting.
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    business meals, child friendly, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A superb dining experience
    bb737
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    Moti Mohal provides a superb fine dining experience. The food is top class with flavours combinations that deliver a really delightful gastronomic experience. The staff were friendly and attentive and give you sufficient information about the food and drinks so you can make informed choices. The ambience is relaxing and other parties who had children seemed to be well accommodated. I will be visiting again for other special occasion since the prices are a tad too high for this restaurant to be my regular.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasant Experience
    TheFoodMonster
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was my very first time eating Indian out (besides the buffet places, which don't truly count). Having not been a massive fan of Indian I have to say I did enjoy my experience. Everything served in front of me was not only palatable but very delicious. The restaurant was a perfect setting for a romantic evening with my girlfriend for our anniversary. I did feel that the drinks menu was quite lacking as it catered more to the wine and champagne. No touch options for anything else. Although the portion sizes are good I feel that for the amount we paid the restaurant is a little bit on the pricey side. However, you are paying for great service and good food in the heart of London. The staff are very attentive so no complaints at all.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    Happydays
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We had an excellent, relaxed lunch. Food was outstanding with some great wine.
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  • Motimahal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Had a nice evening meal here. The service was excellent, the free indian salad was a nice touch. However the portions were very small and the meal was expensive for what we had
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  • Wineseller71
    WineSeller785
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We took party of seven there, including three restaurant-savvy children. Food, though a little on the pricey side, was excellent. As we often do, we ordered many dishes to share and ate until full. Service was attentive and dishes were coursed with perfect timing. Will certainly return. And unlike a certain longtime Indian restaurant in Piccadilly, kids ARE treated like guests here and are not required be out of the dining room by 8pm.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Allen
    Dined on 29/5/2014
    Service good maybe a bit too much attention from staff, food excellent however over priced @ nearly £150 for two people
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  • good food service lacking
    ChrisChan
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    food was excellent but the restaurant appears understaffed and service was slow and unresponsive.
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  • Disappointing
    Currilovers
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    We were really looking forward to something special and very tasty but despite the hype, the actual dishes were hot without being spicy and with only one exception, mundane. Of three Indian meals this weekend , this was the most expensive and the worst by far!
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  • Great Food, Overpriced
    mprassel
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Moti Mahal was recommended to me by a colleage. I was taking a group of people here and some of them have never eaten Indian food before. Everyone loved the food but were quite shocked by the bill. Definitely should have done some research before going.
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  • One of worst Indian restuarants
    Koushika
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    1) Menu choices - There is no good choices of food. But, they have lot of cocktail and wine collection. There is a tasting menu option Veg - £45, Non-Veg - £55. The food was bland and mediocre. There are lot of tasty indian take aways outside. After you place the order, they give some whole vegetables ( 2 tomatoes, bunch of radish, some green leaves) and they it is a complimentary. 2) They served papdi chat with the tasting menu. Actually, the chef need to learn how to make papdi chat. They dipped 2 piece vada in yogurt and call it as papdi chat. Horrible. 3) Finally the bill arrived for £110 with £2 extra charges. When questioned, the waiter said it is as per the company policy. The Worst Indian restaurant.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were visiting London from the States and this lovely restaurant was recommended to us by a friend who had dined recently. Upon arrival, we were seated at a very small and not overly comfortable table for two. We noticed a table set for 6 infront of a window and about 30 minutes later the table was split into a table for 2 and table for 4. We asked to move to the table for two and they were extremely gracious and helped us make the change. We had a wonderful evening of outstanding food, outstanding service and a terrific bottle of wine. I highly recommended this restaurant and look forward to an opportunity to visit once again.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely NOT a curry house...
    absgt
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I visited Moti Mahal with my partner for a pre-theatre meal. We chose the £23 for three courses plus a house cocktail offer. The service was a very attentive and helpful - we informed them of our deadline to exit and they accelerated the meal to accommodate us. A DIY Indian salad came first (very interesting, too salty) followed by a chaat dish (slightly too creamy) and a chicken tikka (again, too salty) which were both very tasty. Main courses of lamb (rich and tender) and prawns (spicy and juicy) were served with delightful rice and the best naan bread. Buttery, light, soft without a hint of greasiness - absolutely perfect. We didn't have time for the third course but still got good value for money!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.