Please note that if you would like to make a reservation for more than 7 people, please call the restaurant directly on 02072409329.
While northern India’s Grand Trunk Road has connected Chittagong in Bangladesh, Howrah in India, Lahore in Pakistan, and Kabul in Afghanistan for over two thousand years, Moti Mahal has only been in operation since 2005. Yet this upmarket Indian restaurant on the edge of Covent Garden and London’s West End theatre and has managed to capture the venerable spirit of this highway with a gastronomic offering that mirrors this ancient path cut across the Asian subcontinent. To book a table at this Queen Street restaurant is to be transported a world away, to the trade routes of ancient India.
The concept behind the Covent Garden restaurant that has quite rightly become one of London’s hottest Indian eateries is certainly novel. Moti Mahal’s head chef Anirudh Arora has managed to channel his passion for one of the world’s most ancient roads into a self-described culinary journey, a menu inspired by the foods and flavours that one might encounter if one were to take the trek from Bangladesh to Afghanistan along the Grand Trunk Road. Taking down recipes that have been handed down for generations among the peoples and cultures that flank this 2,500 kilometre road, Arora brings together Lucknow biryanis and Punjabi tikkas, imperial Mughal cuisine and rural delicacies, the spices of Uttar Pradesh and the sweets of Bengal, to be showcased on this Queen Street Indian restaurant’s inimitable menu.
Besides a bounty of unusual and long-forgotten dishes that you’re unlikely to encounter elsewhere in London, Moti Mahal is passionate not simply about the food they prepare but how it is to be enjoyed. The a la carte menu emphasises the Indian culture of sharing, encouraging diners to sample a range of dishes from the menu – a range of dishes from across the Asian subcontinent. There’s even a fantastic tiffin menu, lunchtime specials served in the traditional enamel or tin canteen that one can see being delivered across Indian cities when it’s time to break. Being ideally located to London’s Covent Garden and West End theatres, Moti Mahal also offer competitive pre- and post-theatre dinners and, if you’re still restlessly scanning the horizon for more opportunities to discover the secrets of exquisite Indian cuisine, Moti Mahal offers cookery classes at their Queen Street premises.
Great food, great service, very quick and efficient. We had a great evening.