It’s a name synonymous with history of Indian food. While Delhi has been relishing its offerings for decades now, the pioneers decided to enter the food scene of Chandigarh only recently. Standing pretty — not too subtle, not too proud — on the Madhya Marg, Sector 7, is recently opened Moti Mahal Delux. Yes, the same one as Dilli.
With ‘Passion for tandoor’ as its tagline, the restaurant manages to live up to its promises and self-proclaimed passions. While the highlights of our tandoori choices remained Murg Garlic Kebab, Tandoori Aloo and Paneer Tikka, you could give Tandoori Broccoli a miss, owing to the it’s-getting-late, get-it-out-of-the-tandoor approach the chefs decided to adopt.
As for the main course, the restaurant passes its litmus test of Dal Makhni with flying colours. The depth of the flavours reiterates their claim of simmering the dal overnight. Another dish that might catch your fancy, primarily because of the enticing name, might be Paneer Ka Salan. Don’t be naïve now. How could you possibly think they could perfect a salan, that too with paneer? If you’re in the mood for some ‘innovative’ kadhai paneer, however, order the salan. And if spinach is your calling, try the Palak Makai Malai.
As for the desserts, their kulfis are an interesting take on Indian flavours. The Pan Kulfi that we treated ourselves to plays nice with your tongue, indulging it in little rose petals from bite to bite.
At a glance
Restaurant: Moti Mahal Delux, Sector 7, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh
Overview: An unlikely location for a fine-dine restaurant, Moti Mahal Delux provides you
with a warm, welcoming ambience, complete with candlelights and soft lighting. The sector, however, is coming up with some contemporary eateries.
Menu: While the restaurant also provides an elaborate Chinese fare, Moti Mahal is known for its Indian food — tandoori to be precise. Most of the starters get a thumbs-up from us; for the main course, however, one would have to be picky. Some traditional Indian desserts are also worth a try.
Ambience: Done up in red, maroon and black, the first impression on entering the restaurant you get is oriental. A wall of tea-light candles welcomes you. With ample space to move around between tables, the restaurant becomes a favourable choice for parents with young kids. You can also spot your rotis being tossed up by the men in white through a glass wall to the kitchen.
Dress code: Semi-formal/formal
Service: Prompt and efficient. Though, the waiters still need to learn the positioning of forks and spoons on the table.
HT City recommends: The Dal Makhani
meal for two: R1,200 (plus taxes)
Hours of operation: 11 am to 11 pm
Value for money: 2.5