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4.6 /6 Excellent 192 Reviews

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.


192 Reviews

4.6 /6 Excellent 192 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
19.08.2017 08:30

Four brothers enjoyed a reunion in a great location. Very easy to find in St Katherine's Dock just off Tower Bridge Road. Excellent food served attentively in spacious surroundings. Good ambience.

1 review so far 6
12.08.2017 10:17

Good service. Great food full of lovely flavour. Very surprised that on a Friday night it was only half full. We would love to come back

2 reviews so far 6
29.07.2017 06:12

Beautiful location in St.Catherine's dock. Spacious interior with room for large groups although my visit this time was as a couple. Menu has new dishes to try that we haven't had in other Indian restaurants. Food was absolutely delicious! Good service and will definitely return.

1 review so far 6
23.07.2017 18:04

Excellent super quick service, lovely food, very large quantity for three hungy blokes. Nice chat with the main man about wine. All in all very pleasant. Will book again with my other half next time.

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 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 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 3
24.07.2017 09:43

i was there already once over 1 year ago but unfortunately the service as well as the food quality changed. It started with receiving the wrong order, then the waiter coming by taking the plate and literally swopping with our neighbours plate - where it was our food - however both sides started with the food as optically it seemed correct. then also the main dishes were blend - not much taste and one dish was not even close to what it should have been ( which the waiter confirmed us). Also the service was not incredibly great or nice - the restaurant wasn't even close to being fully booked, so there were definitely enough staff ... Unfortunately beside the location, I can't recommend going there.

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
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!