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“Not as good as Gordon Ramsay says it is!”
Review of Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal
Ranked #307 of 13,171 Restaurants in New Delhi
Cuisines: Chinese, Indian
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Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 26 January 2011

I wanted to go to Moti Mahal after seeing it on Gordon Ramsay's show, when he claimed it had the best food in India, but to be honest, it wasn't that great. I might be biased having been to the excellent Crystal restaurant in Amritsar a few days earlier but I have to say I found the food decidedly average. My husband ordered the mutton curry but found it didn't have much meat in it; it was mostly bone and gristle. On the positive side, the restaurant was clean, the staff were friendly and attentive, the prices were quite cheap, and the food didn't make us ill. Having said that I think Karim's in Old Delhi would have been much better, though I didn't eat there. (After walking through the bazaars to get there and seeing all the bloodied goat heads and chicken gore I didn't really have much of an appetite!)

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3  Thank Grace1986
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

Moti Mahal is a very famous restaurant in India. They opened in Delhi first and this family business became larger and larger and opened also in other cities like Bombay. what it's amazing about this place is that from wealthy people to middle and low class people everybody goes to Moti Mahal. They don't allow you to reserve, so you go and wait. Atmosphere is very basic. Old furnitures and sofas, very basic table cloths and crockeries...but just delicious! if you go, make sure to try the chicken kurma, lamb biriyani, and the murg malai kebab. In addition the butter chichen, the most famous dish at Motu Mahal. The food on average is spicy but not exagerate and this is good especially if you're not local! Everything to be accompanied with naan and butter naan... you'll leave the restaurant fully satisfied....and the bill??? barely 20 euros per person...

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2  Thank EuDiMu
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

What a disappointment. We just came back from the Moti, the famous India restuarant since 1947. It is basic but apparently the food is outstanding hence overlook the decour. Even GR visited, cooked their and labelled it the best in India.
Do not bother!! It is difficult to get to in North Delhi mayhem, but the food was appauling. I have lived in delhi for 4 years and can show you far better and lower prices. The sauce based dishes were swimming in oil (old oil) every thing tasted similar beacuse of the bad oil. The mutton dish was bone and no mutton, Dum Alooo made with old potatoes, probably yesterday left overs and again swimming in oil. Mushrooms could hardly be noticed in the sea of spinach. Stuffed Kulcha had no noticeable stuffing. Their only saving grace was the Malai Tikka which was nice but again available many other places just as good.
Astonished that Gordon puts his name to it that the owners proudly display. Don't bother with the toilets there either, take your own supplies.

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9  Thank Bryanski01
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

Everybody recommended this place to us when they heard that we were coming to Delhi. Gordon Ramsay also came here and made a TV show which painted an excellent picture. The hype was justified. Enjoyable evening, however atmosphere a little dull. I don't think they serve alcohol. Service a bit erratic, but food compensates.

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3  Thank Alistairio
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Reviewed 26 August 2010

In the past we loved Moti Mahal being an oasis right in the center of bustling border between Daryaganj and Chandnichowk. The location is still the same, it is getting quite expensive now despite the fact, that management seems to save cost by employing unexperienced staff and not investing to change outdated interior.

The food was good as usual, quantity seems to get lesser, but time between order and serving was by far too long (more than one hour), even for simple drinks we had to wait quite a time. We felt that Moti Mahal has seen a much brighter past and management doesn't take chance to improve services.

Generally spoken we still would like to recommand the restaurant to friends, however value for money gets slowly but steadily unballanced. I wish the owner to get his house in proper order.

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3  Thank thonburi
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