If you’re local to Milton Keynes, then it’s very likely that you’ve visited Moza Indian restaurant in Newport Pagnell at some point over the years. The popular restaurant was located in a small, slightly old fashioned premises on the high street – it wasn’t the most glamorous place for dinner but it was always busy!
Moza Newport Pagnell has now recently reopened in a much grander building that used to be the HSBC bank just across the road, and the place has been given a full renovation and refurbishment.
Moza Newport Pagnell
The new restaurant is very tastefully decorated and it oozes style and glamour with high ceilings, comfy seating, a new mezzanine level and super-sparkly hanging chandeliers. The building looks very grand from the outside and internally the new bar is fully stocked with wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks. The restaurant is much bigger than their previous premises but luckily the food is still just as good!
We were recently invited to Moza in Newport Pagnell to experience the new restaurant and to try their traditional Indian and Bangladeshi menu. We love a good curry and I’ve always been a big fan of Moza so we were very much looking forward to our evening.
Upon arrival we were very warmly welcomed by the owner Mo and we were seated on the mezzanine level overlooking the ground floor tables. The restaurant is quite popular so it does get busy but it has a lovely buzzy atmosphere and service is always five-star.
We started our meal with some poppadoms and chutney, pickle and relishes whilst we browsed the menu. Mo gave us some helpful recommendations on what to try and for starters I picked the honey and mustard tikka which was made up of cubes of chicken tikka stir fried in a honey, butter and mustard sauce, with onions and aromatic spices. I don’t usually have a starter at an Indian restaurant but I did really enjoy it and it was full of flavour without being too spicy or heavy.
The menu at Moza is extensive with plenty of choice of authentic and traditional Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Moza is my favourite place for a curry in Milton Keynes and this time we tried something a little bit different. Mo recommended we try one of their authentic Indian subcontinent dishes – kosha mangsho – which is their railway mutton curry.
This dish originated in West Bangal and the mutton is slow cooked on the bone with vegetables. We had the meat taken off the bone and I hadn’t ever tried mutton before but it was so tender and melt in the mouth – we both really enjoyed it! We’re both quite fussy eaters generally so we wouldn’t normally try something so different, but Mo assured us we’d like it and he was right!
Another authentic Indian dish we tried on Mo’s recommendation was the murgh mussalam which is chicken in a spicy sauce with a hard boiled egg. Again this was a bit different for us but we both enjoyed the sauce and the flavours – although we aren’t big fans of egg but it was interesting to try. I also tried my favourite traditional dish chicken dopiaza along with a garlic naan which was as delicious as always! The food at Moza is always so fresh and delicious and the meat is always so tender. We couldn’t eat it all but they kindly boxed it up for us to take home and I enjoyed it the next day for lunch!
The menu is varied and very competitively priced. Moza Newport Pagnell also offer banquet nights every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday where you get a 5 course meal for only £11.95, as well as a Sunday buffet which offers great value for money. The staff couldn’t do enough for us, food came out quickly and everyone was so friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful evening at Moza Newport Pagnell and will certainly be visiting again – I’m actually planning on taking my parents out for their birthday next week!
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