[Food] The King of Currys at Moti Mahal, Covent Garden

I've been meaning to blog about this for a long time, but in truth I kind of quite like this place being my little secret.  Last month Ben and I had "date night" as the guests of Covent Garden curry house, Moti Mahal.  Tucked away just beyond the Opera House, as soon as we walked in I knew it was going to be something special. For one, take all assumptions of it being a curry house straight from your mind.  In fact calling it a curry house does it no justice - this is fine Indian cuisine.

Anyone expecting a korma and a standard onion bhaji, this place isn't for you.  If you're looking to really get to grips with what Indian food can be like then you'll have a ball.  The menu is split across the different regions of India, so the meat dishes are inspired by the inland areas, and the fish dishes are age-old recipes from the country's coastal districts.  We had salmon and scallops to start, I tried the butter chicken (one of Moti's most famous dishes) whilst Ben went for a red snapper curry.  I also tried mince-stuffed naan bread - no naan bread will ever live up to expectation after that, even if it was a meal in itself!

What really stood out for me was the wine menu (obviously).  The sommelier (see, told you it was different - how many Indian restaurants have you been to with one of those?) really knew his stuff.  By the time we'd sipped down a bottle of white and eaten our starters and mains we were full to the brim, but we decided to rest for a bit and try dessert.  All I can say is, try the pineapple with pistachio rice pudding. Amazing.

Expense wise, it wasn't too bad.  Granted, it's not somewhere you would go every weekend, but neither does it want to be.  Moti Mahal is a very special restaurant and the price is very much on par with the service and food (I think it was around £50 per head including wine, which we had a lot of). Sorry for the stock imagery, but the restaurant was quite dark so impossible to take good photos without using a flash - and as the restaurant was packed I didn't want to be that annoying person.  In a nutshell, if you're looking something a bit different and know you like the usual Indian flavours, I absolutely recommend you go to Moti Mahal.

*Thank you to the lovely team at Moti Mahal and Grace at PRCO for organising our meal.

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