Motu, JKS Restaurants’ Indian takeaway brand, have confirmed they will have kitchen premises in two of the six new Deliveroo Editions sites planned for this year. Adding to their locations in Battersea, Canary Wharf and Camberwell, they will be available to order via Deliveroo or their site in Islington from 17 October and Swiss Cottage from 3 November.
It will mean that their refined versions of nostalgic Anglo-Indian curry house staples, such as chicken tikka masala and lamb rogan josh, will be available for receipt in neighbourhoods stretching from Hampstead, Maida Vale, Camden, Clerkenwell, Holloway and Canonbury. And it presents the first opportunity for Londoner’s north of the river to try Motu’s food.
New dishes, exclusive to each site, will include — at Swiss Cottage — specials, such as chilli chicken; ‘Paneer 65’, chilli garlic mogo (cassava chips); and keema masala egg-fried rice, all of which fuse Chinese seasonings and cooking techniques with classic Indian dishes. Islington will introduce some street food options, including a lamb shammi bun kebab and and aloo tikki toasted bun kebab — a spicy patty with green chutney and tamarind, topped with a masala omelette, fried onions and chat masala.
Motu were rumoured to be joining MEATLiquor, Ahi Poke, Tommi’s Burger Joint, Busaba and Mother Clucker when Deliveroo made the announcement last week — an expansion plan that comes in the wake of their receiving £284m of new investment.
“Motu” is an affectionate Hindi name for “chubby man,” — and the nickname the owners, the Sethi family gave to their uncle. Both new Motu kitchens will be open for dinner during the week and for lunch at weekends. Monday-Friday: 5:30pm-11pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-11pm.