|When the first Moti opened in Akasaka back in 1978, it filled a niche and satisfied cravings for Indian cuisine. After a short incubation time of less than four years, the Roppongi branch opened in 1982. Today, the Tokyoite can choose from no less than six Motis in and around the Big Mikan.
After more than 20 years of serving those yearning for true Indian spice, Moti has become something of an institution. These days the name is even being used by pollsters to verify the consciousness level and the length of stay of metropolitan residents. If you know the name, you are a Tokyoite. If you have dined at one of their restaurants, you are a sophisticated Tokyoite. And if you go out of your way to obtain this maharadjan feeling say, once or twice a week you have achieved connoisseur status, with enough savoir-vivre to enjoy the good things in life.
In short, the six Motis are six of those places that thrive on repeat business. Eat there once and return there forever. It must be the red carpets, the elephant-sized gold vases, the crystal-glass partitions, the genuine Indian folk paintings, the food, the friendly service. Speaking of red carpets, those in the Roppongi branch have recently been renewed and give one the sensation of walking on clouds.
Never running out of innovative ideas to serve the community, selected Motis are now offering a delivery service (3479-1955), from 5pm to 9:30pm. If you are among the lucky ones who work or live close to a Moti in Akasaka or Roppongi, you now can enjoy your curry and nan in the comfort of your own office or home. Looking for a caterer for that next party, on December 31 perhaps? Make your reservations now. Of course Moti also offers party space at their restaurants.
One note to casual diners and to walk-in customers: be prepared to bump into celebrities and famous sports people, especially at the two Akasaka locations, due to their close proximity to TBS and to half a dozen 5-star hotels. Enjoy the real taste of Indian cuisine.
- 6-2-3 Roppongi, Minato-ku