Take a Culinary Journey Along India’s Grand Trunk Road

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Rhone & Spice

You are invited to join us on a journey through the Grand Trunk Road, indulge your taste buds and be inspired

‘Rhone and Spice’ will feature five individually designed dishes from the Grand Trunk Road matched to fabulous wines OF Paul Jaboulet Aine.

Hosted by Marie Cordonnier of Paul Jaboulet Aine and Barry McCaughley of Moti Mahal.

The journey starts 7:00pm on Tuesday the 16th September, don’t be late otherwise the Tuk Tuks will leave without you. Tickets cost £60 per person. Terms and Conditions apply.

Please email reservations@motimahal-uk.com or phone us on 020 7240 9329 to confirm.

3 Course Set Menu £23*

Available Mon - Sat from 5:30 pm to 6.30 & 9.30pm to 11pm

Our daily set menu is £23 for 3 Courses,and a glass of Pearl Palace.

The set-menu includes some of our favourite dishes like Jhinga Salan, Tiger prawns in a Hyderbadi style peppery tomato sauce and slow cooked lamb with fenugreek.

Available daily from: 5:30 – 6:30pm & 9:30 – 11pm.

Use the booking tab above or call: 020 7240 9329.

£16 Tiffin Lunch

Available Monday - Friday from 12pm to 3pm

The Indian Tiffin lunch tradition is quite simply amazing.  Approximately 6 million Tiffins are picked up in the suburbs of India and delivered to the correct worker in the city.  Using a colour coded system, the ‘Dababawallahs’ (the all-important delivery men) know exactly what house to pick lunch up from and what place of work to drop it off at.  On average, only one of these lunches is lost per month.

Here at Moti Mahal, we like to take the same care over lunch and offer our own Tiffin for the hard workers of London. 

Our tiffin includes your choice of curry with naan, rice, daal and a crispy vegetable.  Only £16 and available Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 3pm.

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About Us


Moti Mahal has joined a rising trend in Indian gastronomic restaurants in the British capital. With the Delhi-born Anirudh Arora operating as Head Chef since the restaurant’s opening in 2005. The menu focuses on Arora’s passion for the cuisine of India’s famed Grand Trunk Road, in the North of the Country.

Moti Mahal is located on the fringe of the theatre district in Covent Garden, a short distance from the City. It is a popular, easy-going venue for business, entertaining or those looking for a sophisticated spot, before or after the theatre

Cookery Classes

Our Head Chef, Anirudh Arora leads fortnightly cookery classes at our restaurant. Taking place on a Saturday morning, you will learn first-hand the skill required to produce exquisite Indian dishes in your own kitchen.

With two classes to choose from, each fun, informal two-hour lesson is followed by lunch, allowing you to taste what has just been created.

Traditional Cookery Class
Barbeque Master Class

For more information on upcoming classes,email:reservations@motimahal-uk.com

Events & Catering

At your home, in our restaurant or at a venue of your choice, Head Chef Anirudh Arora and his team offer boutique catering and private dining options for all of your corporate and personal needs.

Our team of chefs take pride in their ability to accommodate dietary requirements without compromising the flavours and style of Moti Mahal and our in-house mixologist and sommelier are also on hand to ensure that the drinks match your budget and entertaining style.

Email us at reservations@motimahal-uk.com for details about private dining at our restaurant, or outside catering and events.

Moti Mahal Membership

Moti Mahal’s privilege cards enables MM members to take advantage of exclusive offers and treats throughout the year. Please choose one of the options below.

MM Select Card*

Apply in-house for £100 per year. Privileges:

For those of you that dine with us on a regular or semi-regular basis, the MM Select Membership will save you money and includes the following benefits:

  • 40% off A La Carte Dining
  • Personalised bottle of whisky to enjoy when dining
  • Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
  • Valid for you and up to 7 friends
  • Membership Sale will expire on 30 Sep 2014

T&C’s: not valid in conjunction with special promotional menus or special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, New Years Eve and Diwali

Apply for MM Card


Our Food

Moti Mahal is one of London’s finest modern Indian restaurants with a menu that focuses on the cuisine of Northern India. With an emphasis on traditional technique, combined with innovative style the team at Moti create well balanced, beautiful dishes.

Our Drinks

The Bar at Moti Mahal is a combination of original, contemporary and modern mixology, all based on home-made seasonal products and fresh ingredients. With a large selection of exclusive Whiskies, including some of the rarest vintages in London, it’s easy to see why our bar was awarded with the Silver Medal by the Scotch Whisky Society.

Contact us


Address: 45 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA

Tel: 0207 240 9329


Opening Times

Mon to Fri: 12:00 – 15:00 & 17:30 – 23:00. Sat: 17:30 – 23:00. Sun: Closed all day

Press enquiries

Contact Anna Dickinson on adickinson@prco.com


Foodepedia joins Moti Mahal for Grand Trunk Road DinnerEmma Sleight writes about Moti Mahal's photography and dine event for Foodepedia

To read the article online at Foodepedia, visit: http://www.foodepedia.co.uk/articles/2014/mar/A_passage_to_India_with_Moti_Mahal.htm


As I walked into Moti Mahal and down to the dark chocolate and burgundy dining room on the lower floor, my stomach was already crunched into a pulsating ball of excitement and anticipation. I was there for the first in a series of four dinners at celebrating the culinary and cultural heritage of The Grand Trunk Road in India and tonight’s experience was with photographer and author Tim Smith.

Few people get to actually travel this serpentine behemoth of a trade route and transport road that has linked the eastern and western portions of India for 2000-ish years. Even Foodepedia’s head honcho, Nick Harman, has thought longingly of the legendary route that’s peppered with foodie delights. Luckily for the both of us,

Moti Mahal has been transporting diners to this not-so-off-the-beaten track since 2009 (Moti Mahal Hits the Road), with Nick getting his food passport in the restaurant back in 2013: The Grand Trunk Road – Taking a Trip with Moti Mahal. Tim Smith, however, has travelled extensively over, round and along it, from the edge of the Ganges and the seething streets of Calcutta, through Delhi and Amritsar and up to the rugged expanse of the Khyber Pass into Kabul.

Alongside Tim’s photographs of the people who have lived and travelled along the road, there was the promise of a culinary journey along the way from Moti Mahal’s head chef, Anirudh Arora, who has made his way to the Covent Garden restaurant via Kashmir, Ladakh, Lucknow and Calcutta.

I’ve always felt as though my stomach was connected to India by an invisible thread. Most of my memories of travelling there boil, simmer and reduce down to food memories: the crispy, saffron-gold jalebis, dripping in syrup and blisteringly hot from the fryer outside the Golden Temple in Amritsar; the skewers of charred tandoori chicken, smoking and red like hellfire from a tiny restaurant in Calcutta; the greasy triangle samosas packed with chillies and crunchy vegetables served with thimblefuls of ketchup and chai tea on the train to Delhi. In short, I was ready to take another trip along India’s flavour trail.

In between the trays of Indian canapés, which arrived in the form of miniature samosas with a deep maroon sauce, plump, deep-fried prawn kofta dumplings and fat cubes of marshmallow soft Saufia Paneer – Indian street food after a Michelin-star makeover – Bradford-based Tim showed us a window into the working and social lives of British Asian communities in the 80s.

He has been taking pictures in Bradford and beyond for years and, with every sharply-focused black and white image that swam across the screen, he delved deeper with images of archaic fabric factories and workers in the cold, northern winter. Tim joked that he used to say you could travel the world on the Bradford city bus, passing West Indian weddings, a Ukraine church and ending up at a mosque on the way.

It was Tim’s very own whistle-stop tour of Indians and Pakistanis at home and abroad that we were taken on at Moti Mahal, along an ancient road that is now, mainly, motorised…although you’ll still see the odd camel and elephant on the way apparently. As his eye-searingly bright photographs of elaborately-painted Indian trucks and art work pit stops splashed across the projector screen, Tim managed to achieve that rare multi-sensory experience where you are almost able to smell the truck stop grease and oil, hear the roar of the struggling engines and the rasp of the artist’s paintbrush against the metal work.

As the buzzer on his phone interrupted his sweeping view of The Grand Trunk Road, the close of his immersive talk heralded the arrival of the feast to come. Thickly-battered aubergine pakoras from Punjab, Sorshey Macchi (sea bass in vibrant, yellow mustard curry) from Bengal, Squash curry from Ambala, a buttery, delicately-spiced lamb biryani from Lucknow and violently green Saag Paneer from Delhi.

And they were only the dishes that I could reach across the table. By the time sharing platters of peanut brittle Gajak, sticks of Kulfi and tiny cakes of red carrot Halwa came I felt as though I my taste buds has trekked the full chaotic, entracing and confusing length of The Grand Trunk Road and all that was missing was an earthenware cup of masala chai…although, to be honest, the punchy shiraz that kept finding its way into my glass wasn’t a bad substitute.

Future immersive eating events at Moti Mahal will include a Beer and Indian Barbecue evening with London microbreweries, a talk from a renowned filmmaker and an Asian wine pairing event with wine-maker Matt Thompson

Passport to the Grand Trunk Road with Moti Mahal and Abercrombie & Kent

Passport to the Grand Trunk Road

Passports are what permit people to become citizens of the world, allowing travellers to cross borders and engage in cultural exchanges. Every stamp in a passport represents a country, a memory, a collectable badge of honour from recent destinations. Starting in September, for the intrepid traveller in all of us, MotiMahalrestaurant in Covent Garden, together with luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent, will launch their new initiative “Passport to the Grand Trunk Road”.

“Passport to the Grand Trunk Road” will offer lovers of India − those who have travelled there before and those who wish to − the opportunity to embark on a culinary journey representing the ancient lifeline that has linked the Eastern and Western regions of India for centuries.
To celebrate the launch of the “Passport to the Grand Trunk Road” initiative, MotiMahal andAbercrombie & Kent will offer one lucky diner the chance to win a gourmet eight day tour of Northern India, staying at luxurious Taj Hotels in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur along the way. Return flights from London and private car transfers will also be included.

With a MotiMahal and Abercrombie & Kent branded passport in tow, customers can earn stamps by attending events and by dining at the restaurant. Any passport that has earned 6 or more stamps will be entered into the “Passport to the Grand Trunk Road” competition. The competition will close on 29March 2014 and the winner will be drawn at random in early April 2014.

Featuring dishes from Bengal to the Punjab, diners participating in the “Passport to the Grand Trunk Road” initiative will be one bite closer to India.

For more information on “Passport to the Grand Trunk Road” initiative please visit http://www.motimahal-uk.com/ or call +44 (0)20 7240 9329.