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6-7 Church Lane, Sunderland SR1 3PT, England
+44 191 565 6916
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“rice” (26 reviews)
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
6-7 Church Lane, Sunderland SR1 3PT, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was recommended this restaurant by one of the receptionists at our hotel , it’s a stones throw away from the Empire theatre. The food was amazing from our Chicken pakora to my Chicken tikka masala , service fantastic and very clean , great price too....More

1  Thank Joanie1065
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love motiraj. Always serves high quality food and take their customers into consideration. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food is great and always arrives within a reasonable time. Highly recommend, one of my favourite Indians in Sunderland.

1  Thank lindsaycrane73
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely evening in the restaurant between 6:30-9PM on 28.1.2018. Very busy. Great food, friendly staff but 1 thing we didn’t see the restaurant straight away as it is on the 2nd floor. Mushroom Pilau rice and Naan bread so delicious. I ordered Chix...More

1  Thank JGEscapades
Reviewed 23 January 2018

First visit to restaurant, came highly recommended by others in our group. Not disappointed, food was excellent, everyone in our group had no complaints, staff were excellent and there was a nice pace between courses. Would definitely re-visit.

1  Thank Nomadtourist37
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This was our second visit to the restaurant and we weren't disappointed. Perfectly placed for a meal before visiting Sunderland Empire and nearby parking in The Bridges. We had the Thursday night special which was in our opinion better than one of the top expensive...More

1  Thank juliewils
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We normally visit the Moti every New Year's eve aswell as as every now and again when we can. Normally the service is spot on and staff are brilliant. Unfortunately, we didn't have greatest of nights tonight. Basically, the food was great but beer was...More

Thank stu p
Naiem K, Manager at Motiraj, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

The lad who spilled the drink on the floor that splattered on your coat which was on a back of a chair was in a state of shock that it happened. I the manager went over and apologised profoundly, couldn't be more sorry. accidents do...More

Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

Attended with 4 other family members. Made very welcome by staff in upstairs restaurant by very accommodating staff who were friendly and polite. After ordering food it came promptly all at the same time piping hot and very tasty. Very little left. Price reasonable for...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Consistently great food. I’ve tried other restaurants but always return here, best by far.Staff are friendly and helpful. Reasonable prices.

Thank John M
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Simply outstanding as always. Delicious food at a reasonable price. Service is second to none - always feel very welcomed to the restaurant. Wouldn’t bother trying any other Indian in the area. Top marks from us!

Thank Holiday_Lover2725
Reviewed 16 December 2017

My partner and I visit this fine Indian restaurant regularly and have always enjoyed a great dining experience lovely staff,fantastic Indian food at very fair prices

Thank George B
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29 August 2017|
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Response from steve p | Reviewed this property |
sorry but as far as i know i cannot see any glutton free meals on the menus contact them on 0191 5656916 or
10 February 2017|
Response from Luke9296 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Thursday and Sunday special menu.
14 December 2016|
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Response from philmak | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6-7 Church Lane, Sunderland SR1 3PT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  Sunderland
  • Phone Number: +44 191 565 6916
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