JKS Restaurants’ Karam Sethi has told MCA that the latest opening for delivery-only Indian dining concept, Motu, has already become its most successful site to date.

The brand’s opening in Islington earlier this month takes it to four locations with Deliveroo. A further opening is due in Swiss Cottage but Sethi said this may now take place in the New Year.

He said there were still “a handful of locations” In London where Motu could open kitchens and did not rule out expansion into the regions. However, he remained adamant that Motu would never operate as a physical restaurant.

He said: “Islington is probably one of Deliveroo’s more established locations but, even so, it has absolutely taken off. We have a strong specials trade there but it has been good across the board.

“There are still opportunities for Motu across London. I don’t feel we have got to the peak of delivery demand in London yet, there is still a lot of potential. It is changing the way people view eating at home and it’s here to stay.”

On the wider JKS Restaurants estate, Sethi said the focus was on launching two new partnerships. The group will open Spanish restaurant, bar and asador, Sabor, on Heddon Street early next year, in collaboration with chefs Nieves Barragán Mohacho and José Etura.

The second Hoppers opened in Marylebone earlier this month and Sethi said the group had taken the opportunity to tweak the concept.

He said: “It’s three times the size of Soho so it’s given flexibility to extend the menu and drinks list a bit. We don’t want to move too far from the original because people really took it to their hearts.”

Sethi said while the group was keen to expand Hoppers in the future, nothing was planned for 2018.

He said: “We have done a lot this year and we have two huge projects in Sibor and Brigadier coming next year so that, along with the growth of Motu, is more than enough to keep us busy.”

Finally, Xu – the sister restaurant to Bao – has recently opened two private rooms for customers to play Mahjong. Sethi said trade was good but that there were no plans to replicate the concept.