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Mahal Indian Cuisine

138 Edgware Road
W2 2DZ
Tel: 0171-723 7731

The Mahal is located on the busy Edgware Road about half a mile or so from Marble Arch and Oxford Street. It was established in 1965, not that I remember that far back, but that is what it boasts on its business card. Open noon to midnight - seven days a week.

I am certain that this restaurant has been slightly refurbished and changed its name from the Curry Mahal when I first sampled it in 1996. However, the standard of food since that time has remained as consistent as the first time. In fact I have visited this restaurant possibly a dozen times over the past three years and always felt that I have had an enjoyable and well-prepared meal.

When staying in that particular area I would recommend this as the Indian restaurant to visit. It is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive but the food is definitely better prepared and nicely presented using top quality ingredients. That is some recommendation given the choice of restaurants in the area, but I may well change my opinion when I visit Le Porte des Indes in the near future.

Having sampled a fair cross section of the menu, I can wholeheartedly recommend any of the lamb dishes, but in particular the lamb korai. The lamb is beautifully tender and present in very generous quantities, the sauce is well spiced without any overpowering flavours. The first time I tasted this dish at the Mahal I knew I had encountered the best lamb korai (or karahi) that I have ever come across. I still stand by this statement and I have sampled many in my time in restaurants from all parts of the country and abroad. The rice and naan breads are also excellent. The breads are a little on the small side, but never the less beautifully fluffy and fresh.

It is not only the lamb dishes that are worth trying of course, all of the meat, chicken and vegetable dishes are of a good standard, in particular presented with good quality ingredients.

Service is efficient.

Like most London restaurants the bill includes a service surcharge, which I strongly disapprove of but that is the way things are. I won't mark this restaurant down for the practice, but it would have risen even higher in my estimation if service was discretionary.

Verdict: a very good Indian restaurant that stands out from the crowd in a competitive marketplace. Within that area of London I would choose this Indian restaurant above the many others for the quality of its cooking. Recommended.


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Total Score: 70%
Quality: Good
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good


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