Moti Mahal

4.2
3044 reviews
£41 and over
Indian
Permanently closed - The Festive season at Moti Mahal is a time to celebrate with family, friends and colleagues. This year we are showcasing a selection of our favourite seasonal dishes and our mixologists are also busy shaking up some festive cocktails for those looking for something a little different. We offer set menus for groups of 6 or more but we are also happy to discuss a bespoke menu for your group.
Christmas is almost here and we can't avoid the cold and rainy weather! We invite you to try our warm, spicy and inviting mulled wine made with classic Indian spices and fruit.
Join and celebrate with us the last hours of this wonderful year in the heart of London's theatre land! With an exquisite Indian menu paired with the finest cellar wines, we invite you to enjoy the coming New Year with bubbly and smiles!
Moti Mahal is closed from the 24th to the 28th of December.
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my meal here. I went with my family and we had the tasting menu. The spiced lamb chop with avocado chutney was particularly good, but all the food was really tasty. Well spaced restaurant, nice buzz but not too busy. Very attentive staff, well versed in the food and the story behind it. Great G&Ts. Thoroughly recommend.

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NicholasO
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Firstly, this was very convenient for the New London Theatre on Drury Lane, and we were able to book a pre-theatre table for a Saturday at fairly short notice, unlike many other restaurants in the area.

We had the pre-theatre menu, which gives you a choice of 4 starters (one of which is vegetarian), 4 main courses (one chicken, one lamb, one prawn, one vegetarian) with rice, vegetables and naan and an ice cream on a stick for dessert. This is a lot easier than the full a la carte menu! The starters were excellent, but we felt the chicken main was a bit on the hot side for our liking. The food was all high quality though, so can't really be faulted.

At £23 the pre-theatre menu seems reasonable value, but then add in a cocktail each (about £11 and though nice, they're quite small), an extra bowl of rice as one bowl between two hungry people isn't enough (£5) and bottle of water (£5) a small pot of tea each (£8) and then a service charge of 12.5% on top of everything and your £23 per person meal has turned into £50 each.

The a la carte menu will set you back a lot more (£20+ just for a main dish) but there's a lot more choice. Or you could have the taster menu (£60 for the meat option, £45 for vegetarian option) where (from looking at the menu, we didn't try it!) you get a good selection of things.

The staff were pleasant and helpful and the environment was good.

Overall we would recommend the restaurant - if you're having a night out in theatreland, nothing else is going to be cheap anyway!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxing dinner and chef made special effort to look after the dietary needs of our 5yr old..

Plenty of vegetarian options!! Absolutely mouth watering!!

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David
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Many times there, and never disappointed. The food is always a delight.

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BGA1
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb; extremely tasty and more than enough for the two of us. If we hadn't been going to the theatre I would have asked for a 'doggie bag'!
The staff were very attentive and friendly and I will definitely be eating there again.

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Northerngirl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We went for a reunion meal which we were hoping would be good food, a few drinks and time to catch up with a years gossip. On reflection this was perhaps not the right venue for our evening.

The menu had some interesting dishes included which were tasty and beautifully presented but were very small portions. prior to visiting the restaurant I had looked at the website it had suggested there was a set price menu which we weren't offered. We had cocktails to start which were good value and looked very pretty. However, the wine list was expensive (a bottle of prosseco was £42) I know I'm from the North but that is a big mark up.

It was quite formal which alongside the price of the alcohol did not lend itself to a very relaxed evening. Later on there was a corporate event which we effectively ended up in the middle of (they were having a quiz!!), which again didn't encourage us to linger. It also divided the attention of the staff and we struggled to get our bill and coats, given there was a service charge they maybe didn't need to try so hard to get a tip.

Overall over priced and under delivered.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always!

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CT1982
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Met a friend for a pre-Xmas meal here last week and were very impressed. The restaurant is very elegant and smart in appearance, the staff were without exception friendly and helpful, and the food was presented beautifully and tasted amazing. It really felt like special occasion dining, and the a la carte menu would have to be reserved for that as it was expensive (upwards of £20ish for a main, though to be fair they did look superb), but the pre-theatre set menu was brilliant - starter, main plus vegetable side, rice and naan, and a little kulfi for dessert was plenty of food, served elegantly and everything was delicious. My only tiny grumble was the smoke alarm being set off accidentally while we were there, it went on for about 6-7mins and was shrill as anything, so it did disturb things a bit, but that aside I have only positive things to say and will definitely visit again.

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vipJackie
London
42 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A great pre theatre dinner with friends. The portion sizes for a special offer were more than ample. Food and service were excellent. Wine is pricey. Great ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding meal. I have enjoyed lunches and dinners here over a few years and I've never been disappointed. Their tasting menu provides a nice selection of Indian classics with a Moti Mahal twist - like duck samosas and a spicy scallop on lentils. My partner enjoyed the wine pairings while I went dry. She was very happy with the choices of wines. It's not cheap (£180+) for 2, but if you are looking for something special in the Covent Garden area and a delightful departure from the ordinary Indian menu, then this is the place for you. Enjoy!

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vipIIFF
London
89 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2015
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food exceeded our expectations - all main dishes we ordered, chicken tikka, the lamb and the vegetarian dish were of high quality. Side dishes are overpriced, and necessary in the context of how much food is in the main plate. Waiters were very attentive, if not a bit too much trying to cross-sell more food and drinks at all times. A bit pricey but overall good choice.

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MusicianReviewer
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Myself and my partner ate here, the food was fantastic and the service was also to a very high standard. It was not a cheap meal out, more a restaurant for a special occasion, but if you have something to celebrate and want to go somewhere slightly more upmarket this restaurant would be a good choice.

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oldvine
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dining here again and our experience was just as good as our last one. The service was most helpful, courteous and friendly; the menu having changed since our last visit we were taken through it and provided with some guidance on menu choices which were appreciated. The food was well presented, arrived promptly and was soon consumed! Delicious duck samosas, scrumptious seared scallops, satisfying spinach cakes and terrific chicken tikka tickled our taste buds to start with before moving on to lovely lemon sole and quality curries. We'll most definitely be back.

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diner1
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2015
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Reasonable food for the price. Service was a bit hurried

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Laila
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2015
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The welcoming was pleasant... If you are a first time visitor than there is the lovely waiters at hand to guide you through the flavours. There was a taster menus which allows you discover an array of small dishes and tastes, but be sure to mention your spice level preference. Otherwise a nice ambience and way to start your evening of you are in the area

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peterj
Kent
31 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a family of four with a twelve year old on crutches. The staff were perfect - informative on menu and the excellent wine list, understanding but not patronising with the children. The food was outstanding. Choices were excellent, the Indian wine I chose delicious. A really enjoyable start to our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Its a really good place, they represent the true Indian Cuisine and the quality of the food. Some of the things are even tailored to sell it to the high end customers. For example, they had Truffle Naan in the Menu- which isn't Indian at all, but still that was of so much focus the whole evening. The food is pretty good, the portions are very small and its overall very expensive. We paid 170 quid for 3 people without drinks.

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Dust
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not enough vegetable dishes , but curries OK. My wife had a cocktail which was poor and really did not warrant the title of "cocktail". The menu is OK but I do think it could be slightly expanded to include better vegetable dishes to compliment the curries.

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Woodentop
London
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We indulge ourselves with a gastronomic treat during our trips to London. We picked Moti Mahal based on our food preferences, on line reviews and location. The friendly atmosphere was immediately apparent as was the professionalism of the staff. The menu was refined and diverse. Portion sizes were surprisingly large. The only negative would be the disproportionately overpriced wine list - hence the 3* rating for value.

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LLcoolT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I'm a regular. The food is really very good, as is the service. The seasonal truffle naan is particularly delicious. Worth keeping on the menu for as long as possible.

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Foodie
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was nice but very hot/spicy for a set menu that has to cater to the majority of tastes. I was fine but the person I went with struggled a bit. Ambience was nice and the food was good value.

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Brownie
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a great example of an "haute cuisine Indian" - probably one of the best 2 or 3 in London. The food was extremely good, with decent-sized portions (no nouvelle here) and well-judged spicing, not eschewing some heat. The courgette flower stuffed with spiced prawns and then deep-fried was first rate, as was the chicken with pounded spinach and dried red chillies. The ambience is quite basic, but the staff are friendly and service unfussy but efficient. Wine list is decent. A world-class gin and tonic, which you can design to your own specifications with many different gins and tonics(!) available. Not cheap, but why should it be?

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viplondon88
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening, the scallops were delicious

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vipRAY181
New England
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bright, minimalist decor was attractive. The diversity of the menu was impressive and the service was excellent. Moti has an unusually broad cocktail and wine menu . The dishes were very well prepared and served.

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FLOODMASTER
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Opted for the tasting menu, I can honestly say there wasn't one bad dish or even a mediocre one.
If your looking for the vegetarian meal then your find something very different and lots to choose from.
Will defiantly be returning.

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Delicious
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2015
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Definitely some of the best Indian food I've ever had. I took my boyfriend for dinner here for his birthday and both our starters and mains were delicious. The service was a little slow, but it was a very busy night and we were made to feel very welcome and not at all rushed. I'd recommend booking ahead because it seems to be a very popular place. It's not cheap, but the food is well worth it!

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javabully
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome and reminded me of my trips to India. Brewing their own beer to go with the food is a nice touch too. All staff are very friendly and more than happy to talk about their food.

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Moki
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed our experience and the food (with a mixture of different wonderful flavors) at Moti Mahal on Monday with 5 other people, but I was a little disappointed because I thought my previous two visits in the past couple of years were better. Maybe it was just the night - it will not stop me giving it another go when in London next.

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I8well
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a 52 year old man with a 52inch waist I think I know about food. My wife booked for a birthday treat for me and a joint celebration for my daughter’s engagement on a busy Friday night there were 7 of us in total. The evening could not have been better and the food was fantastic. All the restaurant staff were attentive and my son who has a nut allergy was looked after without fuss with the staff letting him know what foods were prepared for him.
All the food was truly fantastic especially the Butter Chicken and the staff were really helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
We were there for a long time a lot of talking; there was no hint that they wanted the table for the next group which is sometimes the way in other busy restaurants we have eaten in.
Even though I ended up paying the bill (on my birthday) it was money well spent. We had a wonderful night

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KD07
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I really enjoyed my dining experience at Moti Mahal. The ambience was perfect for a romantic dinner and the service was excellent. Its very pricey though, the bill came to over £100 for two people and the portion sizes were rather small. Also, watch out for the 12.5% service charge they add on top which i thought to be quite excessive considering i'd spent over £100 on food. Overall, good atmosphere and food, it was just very expensive.

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Baggies68
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2015
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We recently visited the Moti Mahal to celebrate my birthday. We decided to have the non-vegetarian taster menu, which also included wines.
The meal began well, with scallops, chicken and lamb dishes that were very tasty. However, the two main dishes consisted of a prawn offering, which was quite good, and a vegetarian bean curry which wasn't. This curry was also on the vegetarian list, which was fair enough, but, having chosen the non-vegetarian option, we would have much preferred a meat dish with rice.
The mango pudding wasn't particularly pleasant.
The head waiter was very helpful and personable, but the waiters who delivered our food showed only a cursory interest in making our evening enjoyable.
All in all we felt that we had been a tad overcharged at just over £100 per person after the service charge, and adding £5 for a bottle of water didn't help.
Because of the high quality of most of food, I would be interested in investigating the pre-theatre or set menu options, and might also recommend the restaurant to vegetarian friends, but would need to see more non-vegetarian options on the menu before I dined a la carte.

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vipVeggie
London
39 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2015
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The food was good but not amazing. Went for set menu which was value for money but not sure I would pay a la carte prices. Kulfi was nice but not authentic. Drinks were excellent.

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Nikido
London
27 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was not our first time at Moti Mahal. As always, the food was delicious, the staff was very helpful and their recommendations lived up to their promise.

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Foodie2017
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was faultless, our waiter (unfortunately I can't remember his name) was attentive (but not to much that its annoying) and very helpful with choosing food and suggestions.
The food was very nice, not the best I have had, but worth every penny paid and still a better Indian then most.
Great location, close to everything, would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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vipStan
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic tasting indian food. They also make great cocktails. Love this place. Cannot get tired of this food. If you are dieting, not a good place to go😝😜

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Scotty
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Pleasant experience but no more. Expected better after the various write-ups. Very expensive for what it was. So quality/price ratio low. Avoid drinking good wines, it will ruin you! All in all not worth it unless you want to pay at least £60 per person for a meal and their cheapest wine.

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Dantheman
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service very attentive, ambience good, knowledge of the food outstanding and without a doubt the best modern indian food I have ever tasted. Many claim to be better that even have michelin stars, but this place smashes it out of the park. The lamb cutlets and chicken skewers are the bomb!! Treat yourself if you love Indian food you wont be disappointed!!

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StalbansBen
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for the pre-theatre option on a Saturday night - great value for excellent Indian fare. Service attentive and friendly. Great bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon to compliment the spicy food. Shame Lord of the Dance didn't deliver the same quality !

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Sergemon
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2015
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Les plats proposés sont d'une excellente qualité, vraiment une cuisine indienne empreinte de finesse, mais que dire du reste? Le service est catastrophique, les plats arrivent au compte goutte: les brochettes sont là et on attend les "side dishes" pendant 15mn ... Vraiment frustrant! En plus du service qui gâche la soirée ( malgré des plats très bons) une facture vraiment surfaite, on paye Convent Garden et c'est tout, imaginez 25 livres pour un Butter Chicken sans accompagnement!

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cathbal66
Hertfordshire
61 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a warm welcome, we were delighted with our evening at Moti Mahal. We chose the tasting menu as it was recommended by our waiter and covered many of the dishes we wanted to try. We had one meat and one veggie version plus the matching wines for each. It is quite a pricey option, but well worth it for a special night out. The food was great and the ambience was perfect - busy but not loud and the waiters were all very friendly.

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Moti Mahal is rated 4.2 stars by 3044 OpenTable diners.