Moti Mahal Covent Garden – Review
Indian Restaurant Covent Garden London
Covent Garden’s Moti Mahal is central London’s decadent Indian eatery. Taking the Indian subcontinents Grand Trunk (GT) Road as its inspiration, the menu reflects the vast array of culinary cultures that span the length and breadth of this 2,500 kilometre road, encompassing cooking traditions from the Bay of Bengal in the east to the Khyber Pass in the most northwestern region.
Including Bengali, Punjabi, Kashmiri and Pashtun foods, Moti Mahal exhibits an interesting mix of east meets west.
The meat is halal and the menu also boasts an array of traditional vegetarian dishes.
After being seated, diners can expect a complimentary fiery Green Pea Shorba (soup) to warm up the taste buds from the bitter cold of outside. The Bhalla Papdi Chaat is light and moorish whilst the cubes of grilled Malai Saunfi Paneer are succulently marinated in a fennel blend, which is excellent with the tamarind dip.
For the more adventurous, the Maghaz Masala (sheep’s brain) arrives on a crispy crouton base with tomato salsa. A somewhat salty experience, the brain dish is not for the squeamish whilst the potent taste of the Stilton Cheese Stuffed Naan is delicately balanced with the aromatic flavours of black truffle sprinkled on top. Quite heavy on the flavours, the naans are definitely something to share between 2 or more.
Highly recommended is the Paneer Mutter. It is homely, creamy and has a chickpea twist that makes it that much more wholesome for vegetarians.
Venturing away from the standard meat or poultry main, the baked Hake fish (Dum Ki Macchi) is light and the wild mushroom sauce provides a juicy covering.
The Tokri Naan (duo of Naans) is a must of tandoor oven baked breads, whilst the Spiced Game Jungli Naan is perhaps a little heavy though a fun accompaniment for those wanting to experience a modern yet original take on Indian dining.
As expected from a 5* establishment, the range of deserts reflect its tried and tested attitude to Indian food, from the warm Gajjarella Tart served with ice cream to the selection of Kulfis – Milk Chocolate and Raisins is definitely one to savour. Fans of the traditional Mango and Pistachio will not be disappointed.
The Indian Masala Chai is served in a miniature Qara (clay pot) with a wooden trinket box housing an array of Indian sugars- Ghur (Jaggery) and Honey to Mishri and Pateesah. Sweet-toothed diners revel!
An interesting selection of classic inspired cocktails with an Indian twist and an equally impressive range of non-alcoholic cocktails. A opted for a glass of Dom Cosse Maisonneuve Cahors ‘La Fage’ 2005 as a deep and fruity accompaniment to enjoy with the meal.
Around £70 per person for 3-course meal with a glass of wine.
For more information and reservations please visit: www.motimahal-uk.com