Moti Mahal - any recent reports?
Has anyone eaten there recently - and, in particular eaten from the "Great Trunk Road" a la carte menu?
Looks good and I'm interested by the fact that it is not set out in western style courses, although that might make it a bit, erm "interesting" deciding what to order to get the full experience.
Headed here for the last meal of 2011 so maybe not an ideal test. I thought it was OK and pretty good for London. Very nice staff who looked after us well and far too much food. I generally though the flavours were a little muted and there could have been a bit more complexity to the dishes especially the vegetable dishes. Here is the menu (the bits I recall anyway - it was a big (set) meal):
Malai Saunfia Paneer - Tandoor glazed homemade fennel paneer
Bharwan Mircha - Griddled jumbo peppers stuffed with cauliflower and garden peas, served with two chutneys – sesame seed and tamarind, tomato and coriander
Saunthia Jhinga - Tandoor roasted jumbo prawns marinated in tamarind, chilli and curry leaf
Baigun Dea Maccher Jhol - Sea bass and aubergine simmered in a coriander and cumin sauce
Chilli Fry - Beef stir fried with shallots, dried chilies and coconut
Chandini Korma - Morels simmered in creamy yoghurt and cashew nut sauce with apricots and almonds
Palak Ke Rikowche - Spinach ‘Kofta’ dumpling stuffed with prunes simmered in a creamy tomato sauce with dried fenugreek leaves
Dal Makhani - Black lentils slow cooked overnight on charcoal
Kararee Bhyein - Crisp fried lotus stem with peanut and coriander
It is definitely worth a visit if looking for good Indian food in central London. I would try more of the kebabs and tandoori dishes on another visit.
I was going to make a reservation here for my upcoming trip to London as I love Indian food, but I wonder now if I should given that it is obviously pretty expensive and I only have a limited amount of time in the city (9 full days). The expense isn't necessarily a turn off, but I wonder if there are better options for Indian food? Food is really the most important thing to me - decor means little and service, as long as it's not rude, doesn't mean much either (at Indian restaurants or other types). There's so much information on this board about Indian restaurants it's almost overwhelming. I do plan to try Rasa Samudra for lunch - possibly that is sufficient for my Indian fix? I'll post my itinerary in another thread to see if there's anything I can do to "improve" it.
Part of the answer will depend on what type of Indian food you prefer, since the difference between regional cuisines can be vast. On the whole, I've enjoyed East Ham the most, despite only scratching the surface, which makes me think that there's even better stuff, many of which Jfores has been uncovering. Some things I like, if not the most up-to-date, are Hyderabadi Spice for biryani (Hyderabadi), Suvai Chettinad for the idilli in sambhar (Tamil/Sri Lankan), paratha, egg appam at Thattukada (Keralan) etc... Obviously very different from the Moti Mahal where the centre of gravity is Punjabi.
Incidentally, I've been loving Truly Indian on Borough High Street for their fairly Punjabi-centric menu and the occasional desi chinese dish. Very balanced and harmonious spicing, nuanced but eloquent.
And just to prove I always take notice of howler's advice (thanks again, h), we ate:
Chapli kebab - excellent
Nihari - better than excellent
Subz-e-bashist - OK (Mrs H didnt like)
Kararee bhyein - Oooooh, this was good
Bhalla papdi chaat - Oooooh, this was even better
Dal makhani - was dal makhani
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I wish we had somewhere of that elegance near home.
One of my favourite local places offers a Kolapuri Lamb , which it says is Mahararastrian style. Sound authentic to you? Place claims to cook to Ayuveda "codes" - and whilst I have a vague understanding of that, I don't know how it impacts on the cuisine.
Link to the menu page: http://www.dilli.co.uk/menu_alacarte.php
harters - you've not paid ANY attention to my rantings have you? (grin)
there's this on moti mahals website
"True to Indian custom, there is no distinction between starters and main; instead, dishes are delivered in fluid succession as they are prepared. "
and then theres this on chowhound
if you want help ordering, i'd say you should do it like this: for two people, i'd get one kebab dish, one chaat dish, one meat dish, 2 vegetarian dishes, some daal, roti (naan is for sissys) and finish off with kulfi. if you like, try out a selection from the menu using this formula and i'll tell you it sounds to a desi.
Of course, I always pay strict attention to your rants :-)
Which is why the menu particularly appeals - as you know most "Indian" places set out in the usual three course western format.
My wife ate there a couple of years back (when it was a starter/main/dessert menu layout, she recalls) and has been wanting to take me since then. I'm visiting "The Smoke" in a few weeks and she hopes to be well enough to come as well. If so, we'll definitely be visiting - and, therefore, many thanks for the ordering tips (you didnt let me down last time I asked you a similar question).
(PS: I'm always a roti man)
i hope your wife gets well fast - she needs to in order to do moti mahal justice once again!
in all seriousness, do try and choose stuff of the menu using the formula i wrote - we can discuss why certain things might work and others might not; of course, no right/wrong, just different perspectives.
it's all about putting an interesting combination of paints in your palette, if you'll allow me the bad pun and the stretched metaphor.
and of course you're a roti man - one glance at your posts suffices.
finally, if you're going solo (i really hope not) then one veg starter, one meat course, one veg, one daal, roti and skip dessert.