Since July, Moti Mahal Delux has been giving Upper East Siders and anyone who makes their way into this epicurean wonderland a true treat—traditional Mughlai food executed to perfection. This newly opened U.S. restaurant is one of an empire that has more than 100 locations in India, Nepal and London and whose roots date back to 1947 in New Delhi. But this is no ordinary chain restaurant—this is a high-end Indian dining experience of the first order.
Gaurav Anand, the executive chef and an owner of Moti Mahal Delux expertly executes their signature dishes and I guarantee that more than one will have you dreaming of a repeat visit before even leaving.
One litmus test for any Indian restaurant, or even a home cook for that matter, is the preparation of Daal. A seemingly simple dish of lentils, this is comfort food at its finest and Moti Mahal’s Daal Mahkani is one of the finest I have ever had the pleasure of tasting—truly exquisite.
Another notable point is the culinary jewels that were coming from the tandoor. The Murgh Tandoori, a grilled chicken preparation and a signature dish was spectacular, as was the Burrah Kebab (mustard flavored grilled lamb chops) and the Kadi Patta Jheenga (tempered grilled prawns with curry leaves) was as addictive as a shrimp dish could ever dream to be. This is tandoori cooking done right!
The Bangan Patiala (stir fried eggplant, onion and ginger) was a fragrant diversion, as was the Tangy Scallops (pan seared and served with a mango chutney), but it was the Butter Chicken was the rock star of this part of the meal.
The perfect sweet ending came in the form of the Kesari Kulfi (reduced milk ice cream, saffron, pistachio) and truly put the exclamation mark on what proved to be an extremely memorable meal. I think I am going to have to order their Daal Mahkani for lunch and of course, a side of freshly baked Naan to not miss a drop of this magical potion.