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Mala Indian Restaurant

St Katherines Dock Indian £££ +100
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About Mala Indian Restaurant

Established in 1987, Mala Indian Restaurant welcomes diners to a unique dining experience in London’s historic St Katherines Dock. From gorgeous premises on Marble Quay, with stellar views from the restaurant over the lovingly restored Thames docklands in East London, Mala serves traditional and contemporary South and North Indian cuisine. Curries and tandoori specialties are major features of a menu brimming with surprises and chef’s specials. Match these dishes with a generous range of international fine wine, and you’ll brag about an evening spent here for a long time to come.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
Mala Indian Restaurant, 2 Marble Quay , St Katherines Dock, E1W 1UH London

Further Information

Mala Indian Restaurant’s premises on Marble Quay boast tables with views out over East London’s St Katherines Dock no matter where you are in the restaurant. The ambience is one of warm welcomes and relaxation – there’s no better appetiser before an authentic Indian feast than that. Here, guests dine surrounded by antiques, paintings and murals appropriated from historic Indian palaces. To add to the sense of luxury, Mala has a unique method of access rarely surpassed in London. Besides being close to excellent public transport services, you can reach Mala from their own private pier!

The a la carte menu at Mala Indian Restaurant features the Mala Mix Starter Platter, a highlight for indecisive diners looking to sample a range of small dishes from the Asian subcontinent. Indulge in some traditional Indian barbecue with a dish from the tandoor, or go for the reliably delicious chef’s recommendations: chicken haandi lazeez (a traditional homestyle chicken curry), mazrani murgh (skewers of barbecued chicken tikka with capsicum and onions, all simmered in a yoghurt, onion and cashew gravy), or the kohat kofta curry (chicken kofta stuffed with dried fruits, served in a velvety, cardamom-flavoured masala). Having hosted Britain’s biggest curry party in 2012 to raise funds for James Whale’s fund for kidney cancer, Mala’s Marble Quay premises are more than capable of hosting your private event. Just enquire to find out how this special St Katherines Dock restaurant can make your celebration one to remember.

CHEF'S CHOICE

183 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 183 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Food: delicious
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 07:16

A wonderful setting, great service and absolutely delicious food made this a wonderful experience. We ate the non-veg Thali and the selection was fantastic. Definitely recommend Mala.

1 review so far 6
09.07.2017 18:56

Due to severe traffic congestion we were rally late - in fact we arrived about 20 minutes before they closed. Despite this the staff made us really welcome and served up an excellent meal as usual. We can't thank the Mala enough. One of the party is disabled and wheelchair bound, and the staff co uldnt have helped him mor and, what's more allowed us to park right outside on a disabled parking slot. Well done all of you.

1 review so far 6
15.06.2017 14:52

We had a fantastic evening - the food was great, the service was excellent with a great atmosphere too. A good evening was had by all.

1 review so far 6
12.06.2017 12:01

Excellent food. Great size portions in a wonderful environment. We had the thali which tasted amazing. I St Katherine's dock is such a lovely place to eat.

1 review so far 5
16.12.2016 18:08

Coming from east London and eating in the various Indian restaurants around my home, I was expecting a similar experience here. However, it was much better all round. The restaurant itself is quite large compared to what I'm used too and very pleasantly furnished. No background music at the time, but funnily enough, did not realise this until we had nearly finished eating!!! The staff were very pleasant and on hand but not intrusive, the food was very good, large portions but much more refined than we're used to, Indian fine dining is how I would describe it and then there is the view over St Katherine's dock!! Very good experience and will definitely be visiting again.

1 review so far 2
15.12.2015 21:38

Booked online 2 weeks before event. When we arrived there was some confusion about our table. First we were taken to the main part of restaurant, then we were ushered to a table that was in another part of the restaurant, in a corner, by the kitchen it seemed, but none the less it was a make shift table! Wasn't even laid!! They could see we were not happy. The 4 of us were contemplating leaving, when all of a sudden we were taken back downstairs to main part of restaurant where they miraculously found a table for the 4 of us by the window, and.. decorated with xmas crackers. We ordered popadoms ( which by the way, came without onion salad) and the main meal followed a few minutes later. This was extremely quick! The food was mediocre and sub- standard, it all tasted as if it was a microwaveable meal. We asked numerous times for water, and also had to ask for the table to be cleared. The service was very poor and the waiters were very miserable. When we received our bill, the waiter told us that for our inconvenience he would cross of the service charge... I would have much preferred a free drink at the end of our meal... which is the norm anyway in all our local indian restaurants we go to. Mala has a LOT to learn. Wont be going again!!

1 review so far 5
08.07.2015 10:02

Food was great and service was good. Only reason why I'm not rating as 6 is because the waiters mixed up our order with the one from another table and there were a few minutes of confusion where we could see our food was ready (on a serving table) but the waiters had no idea which table had ordered it, they even asked a different table if our order was theirs. It was still a good experience and I will probably go back again in the future.

1 review so far 4
15.03.2017 08:49

Nice restaurant. Good food. Could have been hotter when arrived on table. Service was very attentive overall good experience. However authentic Punjabi cooking. Only complaint was we couldn't finish our meal and asked for it to be packed to take away. They put the daal and chicken dish in the same pot which if I was vegetarian or with someone vegetarian would have been appalling. It was late when we left however no excuses. Doubt if I would go back as the food does not beat my favourite and the end of the night as below left me with a bit of a niggle

4 reviews so far 4
19.10.2014 18:00

Staff are always friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious and usually cooked to perfection. We came for lunch on a Sunday and the whole area of St Katherine Docks was busy all weekend and as expected, the restaurant was full like we have never seen before. My fish dish was cold so it was taken away and had to be warmed up. Nevertheless, the staff were professional and worked really hard to serve all the customers the best they could. It's nice to see the restaurant doing well but it needs the proper amount of staff on these really busy days.

1 review so far 6
22.12.2015 14:17

We are a group of Indian food fanatics, we are amateur Indian food chefs, but have been on courses at top restaurants . We go to Mala 3 or 4 times a year, its always excellent, But this December they excelled and the food was absolutely top, as always the service was good and the price is really good for this level of quality

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 23:49

It has been +15 years since I first ate at Mala. At that time, I learned to love Indian food. 15 years and many Indian restaurants later all over the world, it was amazing to find that Mala was still the best Indian food I have ever enjoyed. It will be a mandatory stop on every future London trip

1 review so far 6
12.12.2016 11:45

The Mala never fails to please, when it comes to quality of service and food. Their meat quality and flavours are always second to none and not forgetting the amazing location (St Katherines Dock) - Great not seeing traffic outside . I booked for a group of 10 - Looking forward to my next visit

1 review so far 5
01.05.2017 11:47

Was a lovely lunch. Although booked for 12:30 We arrived 25 minutes early which was not a problem. A good dining experience. My only small critism was the small selection on the menu for lunch but it was all very tasty, pleasing to the eye as well as the palate and served in nice surroundings. Will go back sometime on the future buy no rush

1 review so far 6
24.01.2016 07:15

The location is fantastic with the boats moored just outside, the outside of the restaurant is stunning and the decor inside is just as good. The food was first class, all the dishes we tried were prepared and spiced perfectly. We will definitely visit here again the next time we stay in London

1 review so far 6
18.02.2015 08:34

Attentive Servers. Food excellent, my colleage raved about the Hara Chicken Masala as a starter and the King Prawn Tawa Masala. Like most places now a 12.5% service charge was added to the bill. I woukd rather decide how much to tip. Other than thr setting was fabulous.

1 review so far 4
15.07.2017 12:59

Deducted 2 points from Maximum. -1 for Tandoori Prawns. They came in their shells. Who does that? -1 for an unfortunate incident involving the Head Waiter/Manager at the end. Some in my crowd were inebriated and obnoxious (but stress: not threatening). Nothing uncommon for an Indian restaurant next to a pub at 11pm on a Saturday.Should be able to handle situation better rather than get involved and encourage/abet making a scene.

1 review so far 4
27.01.2016 12:15

Nice location, the venues was ok but looks a little tired, as in the toilets need to be refurbished.... Starters were ok but not the best.... mains were very nice. Staff are not great, they need training on how to actually do what they are supposed to do. they take forever to do stuff like getting the bill and keep getting the orders wrong... The place needs a more professional approach...

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 09:07

Having eaten in several Curry Restaurants, I decided to take my Mum to Mala for her birthday and I'm so glad we went there. The place is classy and relaxed and it is most certainly the best curry I have ever eaten. I will be back soon!!

1 review so far 6
11.11.2014 08:25

Excellent meal and very friendly staff. Would recommend the restuarant for both couples and larger groups of people. St Katherines Dock is also a great location away from the busy streets of the City. We have already reserved a table for out Xmas meal at the Mala!

1 review so far 6
15.03.2015 07:39

Service and food at this restaurant was impeccable. The location and abundance of window seats overlooking the harbour area of ST Katherine's Dock also make this a venue with the wow factor. Best indication of my satisfaction is that I'll be going back! Priced very reasonably too!

1 review so far 3
19.11.2015 09:21

Service was excellent. Cannot fault that at all. Restaurant location and setting also very nice and romantic. I went for my anniversary as it was recommended by a few other people . However food was a let down. Not enough salt in the prawn puree but i guess each to their own. So i added salt. Bombay aloo however very bland and lack of spices. The starters my husband had gave him an upset stomach. King prawn Biriyani was ok better than the rest but again I've had better at home. Disappointed overall.

1 review so far 6
24.03.2015 15:47

Had a great meal at Mala Restuarant. The food was good and not overpriced but portions where a bit small. Staff were friendly and efficient. There was an obnoxious table of people there who were drunk but the staff dealt with them well. Dave ,Gillingham Kent.

1 review so far 5
16.11.2014 22:11

We found Mala Indian Restaurant provided good service and good food. They also cater well for young children providing an overall good experience on a Sunday lunch-time.

1 review so far 5
10.12.2015 07:42

It was fine, a good, solid Indian meal. I'd have given it 5 out 5 if it were cheaper but it was an expensive meal and wasn't *that* good. Happy with the food but slightly over priced, but I guess you pay for the location and St. Katherine's Dock is a beautiful place.

1 review so far 5
16.09.2014 22:42

Food was out of this world as always! What stopped me giving a perfect score again was the same issue as in February....lovely non alcoholic fruit cocktails on the menu, once again unavailable! Not even fresh fruit juice available. Not everyone drinks alcohol, I'm driving in from Oxfordshire. Service is very good.

1 review so far 5
21.12.2014 23:42

Food was amazing and plenty of it. Service was fast, that said the restaurant was pretty much empty. Toilets weren't the cleanest I've been in - and the ice cream served in the clay pot tasted like the pot, hence why this wasn't a 6/6 - would definitely recommend though.

1 review so far 5
28.04.2016 13:38

Food as ever was excellent but the service this time was a bit lacking with the waitress's command of English not being of a sufficient standard to understand us when we asked for glasses for the water. Further service was a bit slow and less attentive then on previous occasions

1 review so far 6
16.11.2015 09:14

Very friendly staff and the food was excellent. I would go back anytime I'm in London because I usually live near S:t Katherine Docks and love a great Indian meal, which Mala certainly provides. The location and atmosphere is great too.

1 review so far 5
01.10.2014 16:27

The restaurant is located near the Tower Bridge at a nice small harbour. We like the view. The restaurant itself was clean and the food was excellent. We enjoyed it. Prices were reasonable. Service was good as well. Would recommend this to other people. Regards, Ricardo from the Netherlands

1 review so far 6
06.04.2015 15:31

When ever I'm in London, I like to eat in this restaurant. Sometimes the service has been lacking but the food has always been good. This visit everything was spot on. Great food, gorgeous location, what more can you ask?!

1 review so far 3
11.11.2014 09:53

Restaurant was ok. Food ok. However, I was not amused to see we had been charged for a small plate of onion rings (£2.75) but give the restaurant their dues, the charge was taken off when I made a (small) fuss. No doubt he prices are on the expensive side and I can't help feel this place is touting for tourist trade rather than savvy Londoners who know they can get a decent curry for half the price elsewhere.

1 review so far 4
26.03.2017 17:08

Food was lovely and tasty. Staff friendly and attentive. Sadly we had a couple of hiccups with all main meal dishes being served except the rice, which meant we couldn't start eating. Had to chase twice for the rice. :( Also felt rushed with starter arriving whilst only just eating into poppadoms. In an out in an hour. :(

1 review so far 6
24.11.2015 23:59

Went with a group of work colleagues. The food was fantastic and very well priced. The staff were very friendly and accommodating even after we had arrived with some additional people. Could not fault our experience there at all.

1 review so far 3
22.01.2017 01:00

The food was tasty, and the presentation was good. The service, whilst friendly and polite, could have been a little more refined - it didn't quite match how well dressed the waiters were (which I thought was excellent). The atmosphere/ambiance was a let down, the music didn't match the surroundings, the lighting was a little too bright, and the sound of the phone ringing (a very unpleasant ringtone) every 10 minutes was awful.

1 review so far 6
22.04.2017 07:16

Great food, wonderful service and good value - can't fault it. It's in a special setting with nice views from the windows. The food was definitely a cut above other Indian Restaurants I have been to.

1 review so far 4
02.05.2016 17:37

The food was good. The place was neat and pleasant. We were early but was seated right away which saved us time. However, a bit disappointed with our server who did not seem too happy to serve us and did not come to our table to check whether we and the food were ok.

1 review so far 2
02.12.2015 07:56

Nice food but served too quickly. We had planned a nice evening out over a meal, but were in, eaten and paid in 40 minutes. Our mains arrived 10 minutes after arriving and we had not even finished our poppadum's. We felt that the large table of 10 people next to us took priority so even though the food was good and reasonably priced, we would be reluctant to return as our evening out was over within an hour. Service was ok, lots of staff but not very attentive. If you are looking for a romantic meal for 2, this is not the place to go!

1 review so far 5
17.05.2016 09:25

Not especially friendly service, but the lunch special (£10 thali) is generous and filling, and very, very tasty. We were seated at the kitchen entrance, which made for interruptions, and the seating wasn't particularly generous in that corner, so request seating elsewhere.

1 review so far 3
18.02.2017 15:05

Waiter forgot our drinks for 30 minutes and we had to wait an hour for our main course as we were given the wrong dishes. The restaurant decor is lovely and we were given free drinks as a compensation for their slow service. The food was nice but the chicken korma my partner had was bland and boring. If service is like this constantly then I would not recommend.

1 review so far 6
12.10.2014 12:22

Busy Saturday night but the staff were friendly and efficient and the food was delicious. Will go again next time in town and will definitely be recommending to everyone. Indian food at its best!!!!

1 review so far 6
13.10.2014 11:21

Excellent food and service. My 3rd time here. Highly recommend it. There were 4 of us dining this time and we were so well looked after from the moment we arrived until we left.

1 review so far 6
28.12.2014 23:28

Having eaten here many times and tried plenty of Indian restaurants in London, this, by far, is brilliant for tradition great quality Indian cuisine. Great staff and a wonderful setting. Love the place !

1 review so far 6
11.09.2014 14:12

i have visited twice and every time the food has tasted amazing, the atmoshpere has been great and the waiters attentive. It has great views too, better than brick lane by far 10/10

1 review so far 5
31.05.2016 00:30

The restaurant has a great location and good ambience.We didn't have a bar staff available to make our cocktails and there were some errors in getting what we ordered.Saying that staff were very pleasant and overall food was good.

1 review so far 3
18.02.2015 09:36

The Valentine's day decorations were very cheesy. They attached balloons to chairs making it difficult and clumsy to have food. We ordered okra masala and the okra was slightly raw. Moreover, the staff were more enthusiastic to get us out of the restaurant than at bringing the food. Overall, I'd say that their quality of food and service has declined over the last 2 years.

1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 20:17

Food excellent but wine list limited due to restocking taking place shortly. We were only charged for the cheaper wine we initially chose rather than the more expensive one we had. Poppadom starter also free of charge. Would revisit.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2015 20:26

Excellent food and service. We were pleased with the quality of each dish. Everything was very fresh. Not like some Indian restaurants where the food tastes like it was made in advance.

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 11:41

Beautiful food and excellent service, will definately return to this restaurant!! The waiter helped in recommending different dishes with members of our party who otherwise would have been unsure what to order!

1 review so far 6
13.12.2016 15:31

Good food and service with an extensive wine list. Nice buzzy atmosphere. Food was spicy and of high quality. Overall price of meal was fait at just under £70 per couple.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2015 09:54

Fantastic meal....loved the tapas idea. Great service too. The restaurant is in the beautiful area of St Katherine's Dock. Lovely to walk round and admire all the huge boats. Great evening.