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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/8/2014

    We were so excited to try our first Michelin starred restaurant in London and it did not disappoint! First off, it is very expensive. A 6 course meal for 2 came out to £140 pounds. They recommend you order 6 dishes because it is family style and meant to be shared. Don't be alarmed if you are not full with the first few plates. If you ordered rice and curry, you will leave stuffed. Trust me. We ordered:
    -Chicken Parcels (lettuce wraps basically)
    -Chicken Tikka
    -Spicy Prawns
    -Broccoli
    -Naan
    -Chicken Curry
    -Chicken Biryani
    -Rose Kulfi
    -Lime Tart

    Everything was so delicious and clean tasting. This was definitely a modern Indian restaurant. We ordered too much food before the rice and curry dishes arrived so that was a mistake. But everything was so delicious it was unbelievable. We recommend doing the same thing by ordering a bunch of different plates but keeping in mind the rice will fill you up so much. But definitely worth the try. Our waitress was a bit monotone and pushy but that could be the atmosphere there. Overall, everything was outstanding. The rose kulfi was the best dessert and the shrimp and chicken parcels were the standouts.

    It is rather trendy so dress for a nice dinner out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/8/2014
    1 check-in

    By far one of the best meals we have ever eaten.  
    Book your table far in advance!
    Come hungry.
    Come with a group.
    Things are family style, so share.
    Things can be a bit spicy.
    Awesome for vegetarians!!!!!
    Dress nicely.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/7/2014
    2 check-ins

    Incredible mouth watering Indian food. Very chic and very popular. When you make your reservation, Ask for a table close to the chefs who are in the open cooking using 3 clay tandoor, a coal grill and a griddle.
    Food is served tapas style. 2 to 3 dishes should be ordered per person. Recommend the chicken Lolly pops, the char grilled Madagascan prawn (largest prawn I have ever had in my life) and the lobster. Don't forget some incredible Naan ( garlic, butter, seasoned ) and the spices and chutney tray. Everything had extraordinary spices and flavours. Incredible food presentation and service. Dessert was different but I will pass next time.
    I had never been asked in all my dining experiences by a manager at the end: is there anything we could have done to make this dining experience better? Enough said. When in London and you are looking for an Indian fix and you are willing to pay for the experience  Amaya it is.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/7/2014
    1 check-in

    This place was absolutely amazing!

    The service was perfect; everyone was very polite and friendly.

    The food was delicious; I had the Amaya platter with the coconut curry sea bass which was absolutely to die for.

    I also recommend the strawberry granita which comes with the Amaya platter. It is like a classy snow cone and was refreshing to have after a Indian meal.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/6/2014

    My husband and I visited Amaya on the last night of a 10-day whirlwind tour of Europe. After an evening flight into Heathrow, we rushed-rushed-rushed to Paddington Station, and then rushed-rushed-rushed again to make our 10:30 p.m. Sunday reservation at Amaya.

    We made it to Amaya at 10:32, and were cautioned that the kitchen was getting ready to close any minute, but if we made our orders quickly, we'd be able to dine there that evening. A bit odd, we thought, considering they accepted online reservations for 10:30 p.m., but we obliged.

    Boy, am I glad we did, and were wholeheartedly impressed with this modern take on Indian food. Unfortunately, we were probably a bit too rushed to fully enjoy the decor and ambiance, but food-wise it was a perfect ending to, and typified, our European adventure.

    We tried the black pepper chicken tikka skewers, tandoori roasted broccoli with yoghurt, naan, basmati rice, and a mango lassi. The mango lassi was OK, and a little on the room temperature side, and a bit steep at £7. However, the naan was likely the best I've ever eaten, and the tandoori broccoli with yoghurt was like a dream. Creamy, flavorful, spicy and tantalizing. It was one of the finest vegetable dishes I ever tasted. The pepper chicken tikka had nice, but not aggressive spice, and made us wish we had doubled our order.

    We also tried a tasty salad side, but I cannot remember many details other than it had grapes, goat cheese, and crispy raman noodles, and wonderful crunch and citrus notes.

    If and when I return to London, I can't wait to explore more of this menu, unrushed. I won't be sharing my tandoori broccoli, however. It will all be for me!

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/7/2014

    Exceptional (in taste and presentation) and unique Indian cuisine. I loved the food, though we went after a show (so it was a bit later in the evening), and though the restaurant was still full, the staff gave the impression that they wanted everyone to leave as quickly as possible. For the price, and for me to give 5 stars, they should be making everyone feel comfortable at all times. Though the food was quite memorable. And for any restaurant in London to be memorable is quite an achievement.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/4/2014

    Amaya is a fun One Michelin Starred restaurant to visit if you are in London and in the mood for solid modern Indian cuisine.

    We made a very last minute reservation just minutes before the last seating which turned into us being one of the last patrons of the restaurant.

    Once you find this place, you enter a really cool modern vibed restaurant. They sat us at a table near their open tandoor station and in front of their vegetable station. We got to watch our food being made, it added to the great experience.

    They give you a menu that is broken up into 3 categories for both Vegetarian and Nonveg eaters - a quick menu that can be brought out first (smaller dishes), a medium menu and a longer to make (curries and bigger portions) menu - the idea being that you can order a few small dishes which come out first, then the medium then longer dishes come out efficiently in order with no time wasted in waiting for food. It takes a fair amount of time reading through the menu to figure out what you want.

    The food flavors were great, we loved all tandoor and vegetable dishes.

    Their fruit cocktails were terrible. We tried 3 different kinds with each tasting like it was made with chemicals instead of fruits.

    Service was slow and even though the menu was made to be time-efficient, I feel like we still did a lot of waiting. We ended up being in the restaurant for two and a half hours, most of that time spent waiting for the longer to make dishes which we could have done without.

    We left the restaurant feeling very full but we were satisfied. I would recommend this place for a great and very different dining experience.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/6/2014
    Listed in The Michelin list

    Delish!!! I came here to try some fancy Indian cuisine and I had a superb meal. The food is meant to be ordered "tapas" style, so I was able to try 6 or 7 different dishes. Every dish that I ordered was absolutely out of this world. They also had magical cocktails too! The restaurant is very beautiful and the service is amazing, however, they discourage picture taking of the dishes so you have to be very secretive if you want to document these beautiful food items. I can't wait to come back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/5/2014

    Well,

    What can I say?!? This was maybe the best meal of my complete life!!!

    And I'm eating out every day. But ever single dish was to die for, plus the service was so far the best in London.

    Really looking forward to my next dinner here!

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/3/2014

    Contemporary gourmet Indian, which you can watch being prepared in an open kitchen. This is not familiar Indian cuisine, but that shouldn't deter curry lovers. Instead, Amaya uses three core Indian grilling styles: Tandoor (hot clay oven), Sigri (over a coal flame) and Tawa (searing and griddling on a hot plate).

    Dishes change through the seasons. We ordered coconut crusted mackerel, tamarind aubergine, a spicy quail dish and black pepper chicken tikka. The black pepper chicken tikka seems like it's a menu regular. Each dish was uniquely spiced and perfectly tender. The naan was also some of the best I've ever had.

    Service is friendly and efficient.

    One Michelin star.

    I will definitely come back and try their sister restaurants, Chutney Mary and Veeraswarmy, which the hostess said served broader fare, including curries, etc.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/6/2014 Updated review
    2 check-ins

    Another trip to London so another stop at Amaya.  Fantastic as always

    I sat at the communal table for the first time and it was fine

    I started out with the Blood Orange Cup cocktail.  Very nice, on the sweet side though so beware if you are looking for less sweet

    Being unable to order the tasting menu, I built a small one of my own.  We started with the chicken tikka--well flavored and cooked as always.  Then the Chaat.  This might just be my favorite dish.  So much flavor and the contrast of textures between the yogurt, sweet potato crust and soft inside is awesome.  This was paried with Crossings Sauvignon Blanc--a totally fine and drinkable white.

    For a main/second course I had the monkfish tikka and the venison kebab.  I paired this with the Crossings Pinot Noir.  The entrees were both excellent

    5.0 star rating
    31/5/2013 Previous review
    I went back to Amaya this March and continue to think it is one of the best Indian restaurants in… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    3/8/2011 Previous review
    The Amaya tasting menu might just be the best conceived tasting menu EVER.  We have had it several… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    19/11/2013

    A real treat in the the heart of Knightsbridge! We loved it and I think some if the reviews below are totally unreasonable.

    There's a run of great places to eat on Motcomb Street, namely Ottolenghi, and this one goes on my list.

    Beautifully designed, the first thing to mention is the atmosphere. With an open kitchen showing the three grills off in their full glory, there's a definite sense that you're somewhere special.

    The menu is unusual; divided into three sections according to the time dishes take to arrive at the table from the grills. All of the waiters are fantastic, very attentive and providing good direction on what to order. Their recommendation is to pick 6-8 dishes from the three sections, then end with a larger curry to share. We chose to do this over the tasting menu, as we liked the menu so much we wanted to pick & choose.

    We had the black pepper chicken (a must have), sirloin boti (incredible), tandoori broccoli with ginger & yoghurt, Madagascan prawn with lime and then a lamb osso-bucco curry with brown rice & naan.

    Truly one of the best Indian meals I've ever had in my life. Not cheap by any means, but well worth it for a special occasion or a treat.

  • 1.0 star rating
    15/6/2013
    1 check-in

    First Impression... WoW this is a very nice, fancy place. I'm excited for my Indian meal in London! (My friend said Indian food in London is great so I looked up on on Yelp and landed upon this place.)

    Strike One: No photographs allowed in the restaurant. WTF. Seriously? I'm going to pay a bajillion pounds for the food and I can't take pics of the food? You've gotta be kidding me. Stuck up snobs.

    Strike Two: You can't order just one tasting menu. Apparently you have to have at least 2... which was a problem for us since 2 of us wanted the vegetarian tasting menu and one of us, who could eat meat, wanted the regular tasting menu. So... the one who could eat meat just order chicken curry... which was a lot less expensive than the tasting menu. Fail on the restaurant part... you could've made more money had you allowed the 1 portion tasting menu.

    Strike Three: I wanted to get the full experience so I order one of the more expensive drinks.. a 14 pounds ($22) drink. However the glass it came in made it super difficult to drink since the lip curves in. Um... hello? I want the liquid to go into my mouth, not back into the glass. Idiots.

    Oh... and just in case 3 strikes wasn't enough. They highly discourage you to order the curry. They say, "I'm sorry it's going to take 45 minutes to make." As if they are asking you, "Are you sure you want to order that? It's going to take forever to get to your table. Maybe you should order something else."

    Anyways... the good thing was that the chicken curry was good... and it did not take 45 mintues... and the bokchoy w/ the corn was good.

    169 pounds ($253) later... totally NOT worth it.

    I do not recommend this restaurant and will not return.

    P.S. I sniped some photos even though I wasn't allowed to... and they are terrible because I had to snipe them but that's ok... it's their fault for not allowing people to take pretty photos to make their food look good.

  • 2.0 star rating
    11/8/2013

    Amaya has been one of my favourite restaurant for years so for mine & my friends birthday we booked..

    1. The food is still good but the prices have been really pumped up I would go as far saying overpriced.

    2. The waitress we had was bordering on rude didn't smile or ask if we were enjoying our meal felt like it was an inconvenience.

    3. As it was our birthday we took some photographs to only be told by a manager NO photography it's a celebration absolutely ridiculous pretentious policy!!!!!! Managed to take a couple HA!!

    4. Amaya needs to look into its customer service & the menu needs to evolve has not changed much since my first visit back in 2005 or they could lose the Michelin star.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/3/2014
    1 check-in

    Delicious Indian flavours and beautiful place.  If you have one evening to spend in London like me, this is the right choice.  Lamb and cocktails were perfect.  Just hope I can come back for more soon.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2013
    Seated via OpenTable 1 check-in

    We did the larger, more expensive chef's tasting menu since the menu was a bit overwhelming (and we figured we weren't like to be back at the restaurant any time soon, living the CA and all).  It was worth it.  The biryani was heavenly, the lobster masala...not to be missed!!  The tandoori was to die for (the moistest I've ever had anywhere).  The drinks were also quite unique and delicious.

    The desserts were not very "Indian" as I'd usually see in the US, they were lighter, but still had the same types of rich and fruity flavors you'd get from Indian desserts.  But not the heavy,super sugary taste.

    I'll be back if I'm back in London, no doubt about it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/11/2013

    We were very excited about coming to Amaya given our love for indian food, the michelin star, the menu, etc.. and overall we were very happy. We had an early reservation - 6:30 - and arrived at 6:25 - though we couldn't sit until 6:30 because that was when the restaurant opened. I cant remember the specifics of what we ordered because the menu is not available online - but some mushroom appetizer, the tandoor broccoli  (FANTASTIC), mango lassi (actually disappointing--especially since it was 7 pounds), and the chicken curry. The chicken curry was delicious, but not mind blowing. Also, they told us it would take 45 minutes to make, but then it came out 15 minutes later... not sure what happened.

    The service was excellent, prompt, attentive. I think they do try to turn over the tables, which is understandable given how popular the place is. The food was interesting and delicious, and there are SO many items on the menu you could come here 20 times and have a different meal every time.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/3/2013

    Amaya is fantastic. What a unique, modern, high end Indian restaurant. We had to go twice to try all (most) of the dishes that we didn't order the first night.

    The food is creative, rich in flavors, and perfectly prepared. They do some traditional Indian dishes (and those are typically better than what you'd get at your favorite local Indian restaurant), but then there is a level of creativity on the menu that I have never seen in an Indian restaurant before.

    The delivery style is unique in that you select different dishes based on how long they take to cook so that the dishes just continue to flow out throughout the meal. This is a concept that I wish other restaurants adopted. You can order small or large portions. We ordered the small portion for all of the dishes and our meal was the equivalent of Indian tapas - how can you beat that?

    I wish there was an Amaya in NYC! I would be a regular!

  • 1.0 star rating
    9/4/2012

    Don't you hate reviews that have some random axe to grind with a restaurant, and so give them a bad rating? So do I, but I have finally had an experience that has prompted me to join that lowly fraternity.

    The food and the service (from our waiter, anyway) at Amaya warrant more than a 1-star rating (probably a 3-4 star level), but the management of Amaya managed to completely knock all of that out of our minds. A quick background - we sometimes make reservations with OpenTable, a service to which Amaya subscribes as well. After (at least) 100 completed reservations, you can get a dining cheque good for £75 at any OpenTable restaurant (and the terms clearly state *any* OpenTable restaurant). We recently redeemed for such a cheque, made our reservation for Amaya through OpenTable, and happily skipped off to dine there, anticipating a smooth and delicious experience.

    However, when the bill came, the manager absolutely refused to accept the cheque. Moreover, he did so in a completely humiliating manner, implying strongly that we were trying to put one over him, so to speak. He also implied that Amaya wasn't an OpenTable restaurant, despite the fact that we had made our reservation through OpenTable, and I can clearly still see them listed on that website.

    I don't think that I can adequately convey how upsetting this experience was. I was embarrassed in front of my guest, stared at by other patrons in the restaurant, and, frankly, had to end up spending £75 more than I had planned. Not really the level of service that I expect from a 1-star Michelin restaurant, to say the least, especially considering that they had our credit card for the remaining £60+ of the bill (above the £75), and could have charged us the balance if there had been a problem. I left the restaurant with a very bad taste in my mouth (so to speak!), and will urge my friends and family not to go there. Yummy food is one thing, but bad management can easily take all of that away. If I want Michelin-quality Indian food, I will take my business to Rasoi or Tamarind in the future, where I have experienced good food, good service, and competent management. Bleah.

  • 1.0 star rating
    9/8/2013

    Love Indian food and have been Indian restaurants around the world
    and even went to India once as well.

    Very expensive for not memorable so so Indian food.
    Ordered their tasting menu...service was too slow with arrogant attitude.

    NO photo taking in the restaurant.
    You can't take any photo of your family or friends .

    NOT worthy of spending money and time.
    They know how to make you feel suck.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/2/2009

    Finally, back in London after a 3 year stretch in the states, and I can enjoy the incredible restaurants here again!!

    Amaya is the balls!! I typically insist on having the tasting menus at new restaurants just to be able to get in as many of the specialities as I can and taste their range of dishes. Amaya makes this possible by serving most of the dishes tapas style. I went with a regular to Amaya who wasn't a very big eater. We chose 8 plates, 1 piece of naan each, and no rice, which turned out to be suitably filling. Had it just been my wife and I, we probably would have been satisfied with 10 dishes. We're fairly voluminous eaters (when no one else is around, then we scale in back a teeny bit!)

    The most memorable dishes were the Venison Seekh kebab (succulent, beautifully spiced, the guy I was with hadn't eaten meat in 10 years, but he still tried it and loved it), the Scallops on the half shell (in an absolutely delicious green curry), the pepper chicken tikka, the grilled jumbo prawns with I think a marsala marinade, the aubergine grilled with a tamarind type marinade (I may have got that wrong, but it tasted delicious) and the chicken joint. The green mango and raw papaya salad was also very very good.

    Followed by another couple of their martinis made for a superb lunch. I didn't pay so I can't comment on the prices but I can't wait to go back with my wife and really tackle the menu!

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/7/2010
    22 check-ins ROTD 14/11/2010

    This is not a curry house. This is an elegant Indian dining experience, which is worth every penny -if you can get in. Trying to book a table here is near impossible, and for the life of me I don't know why. It is popular but not in that way that everyone knows about it. I feel that they hold a lot of tables back because when I have been able to book a table, it is always at times I didn't want -6:45pm or 9:30pm! And there are many available tables before and after my arrival. But whoever the hostess is taking bookings, her attitude is very much a Little Britain: 'the computer says nawoooo...' Whatever it is and whoever she is, I have yet to be be able to get a table at at a 7:30pm/8pm time even a couple weeks in advance.

    Though should you manage to get a table, this is very exciting Indian cuisine. The decor is a very posh oasis, and the cuisine is cosmopolitan while still maintaining the flavors of all that one loves about Indian food. Many of the dishes are served tapas size so it makes it nice to mix and share at the table, or to try a variety of dishes. I personally love anything they make with their green curry, and the most amazing starter of a fig mixture that has been diced and slightly spiced so you have the sweetness of the fruit mixed with the heat of the spice. Really, really tasty. I have never had anything I did not like here.

    One important note here is that the space is noisy and makes it difficult for conversation. Don't go on a romantic dinner here, and don't go if you want to catch up chatting with a mate as at some point during the course of the evening, trying to hear the person across from you is very difficult over the roar of the room.

    Now if only I could bypass the velvet rope... I'd go there much more often...

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/1/2009

    Great restaurant.  It's in a brilliant location and the atmosphere is perfect.  The food was outstanding as was the drinks menu.  The cocktails I tried were nicely balanced and subtle.
    The only criticism and the reason it doesn't get five starts is because the service isn't up to scratch.  I had a waiter almost elbow me in the face and one of our party had to wait twenty minutes and ask four times for their drink.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/3/2010

    I was told by many that I must try Indian food in London.   Armed with some recs (Mint Leaf was another top choice, to be saved for the next trip), we eventually decided on Amaya.

    Best Indian restaurant ever.

    Here is why:

    1.  The food was amazing-from the lamb to chicken tikka to the paneer to the fish dishes, nothing disappointed.  Well, except my poor choice in insisting that I needed to order rice (at 4 quid a bowl, no less).  

    Full disclosure:  Despite being a desi, I can't handle very spicy Indian food.  So I thought I needed rice to make the spicy food more tolerable for me.  And truth be told,  I do like rice!  I was so wrong-the spice combos in all the dishes were so delectable, as were the powders.

    2.  No curry, even in the dishes that traditionally have curries.

    2.  Indian tapas!  Second generation Indian at its most sophisticated.

    3.  Elegant, sleek interior and fun atmosphere-still crowded at 10:30 pm on a weekday night.

    I want to come back and try the vegetarian and meat tasting menus.  Or just to have one more dish.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/11/2010
    Listed in Date Spots

    My mother was in town visiting me and wanted good Indian food. Off of the growing reputation of Amaya, I decided it was the place to take her for this.

    After ordering our wine, we decided on a couple small plates. We got the Tandoori Chicken, Venison Kebab, Grilled Lamb chops, etc. Everything we sampled was extraordinary. We ended up sitting by the open-aired kitchen and got to play the guessing game of what was being cooked - - each dish looking better than the last.

    Highly recommend this establishment.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/11/2011

    Amaya is the pinnacle of the Holy Trinity of Indian in London (the others being Veeraswamy and Chutney Mary).

    This is hands-down one of the most amazing restaurants I have ever had the privilege of dining at.  Amaya will blow you away with its blend of delicious local, traditional flavors with an upscale touch.

    Amaya does a brilliant job of giving you the full culinary experience, from overall restaurant decor, to top notch service, to the authentic and brilliantly flavorful food.

    At this point it's hard to remember exactly what we ordered, and the menu changes regularly, but here are a few items that I could never forget:

    - The monkfish - I don't remember how it was prepared, nor do I care.  That was the single best Indian dish I have ever eaten.  If you see it on the menu, order two!

    - The paneer appetizer.  I don't remember the spices, but they were simply grilled paneer cubes, and absolutely delicious.

    - We also got one of the shrimp dishes in a coconut curry that was amazingly flavorful.  

    You will certainly pay for the experience, but if you are looking for a high-end night out and the best Indian food in London - you absolutely cannot beat Amaya.

    **Recommendation:  visit the Masala Zone website and sign up for their mailing list.  There are also random weekday lunch promotions and the occasional discount available at all of the Masala Zone restaurants.  You can make your reservation online through the system and they are very good about recognizing repeat customers.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/7/2011

    Amaya is a strange restaurant to review.  On the one hand, I had one of the most disappointing meals I have had in London this past weekend.  On the other hand, the food was still ok.  I think the Yelp 3 star description is probably most appropriate for my meal: the food was "A-Ok".  For a restaurant with these prices and this much potential, however, A-Ok is very disappointing.  

    Two of us ordered a handful of dishes.  First, a couple of things were very good - (1) the naan was spectacular (in contrast to the basmati brown rice which was tasted as though it had been reheated in a microwave), (2) an oyster starter was excellent.  A tandoori broccoli dish served with yogurt was also very good although there was so much yogurt that it almost bathed the broccoli.  A venison dish (very very soft venison) with a light sauce was also good.  

    The rest of the dishes were all good but were really nothing much better than any other indian restaurant in the area, and they obviously all came at much higher prices.  The primary dish we got was prawn curry - this dish was fine, at a place where I picked up indian takeout, I would be pretty happy with it.  But there was nothing remarkable about it - it was just good prawns in just good curry.  

    The black pepper tikka chicken was good not great - the chicken was a little undercooked and there was not much depth of flavor (no sauce) but the big black peppercorns were interesting.  

    The tikka paneer was a bizarre dish.  Unlike most of the comparable dishes, you could only order a large order of this (4 servings versus 2).  What came out was just a big block of cheese - very very dense and rich with no sauce or any other accompaniment to balance the dish.  We didn't eat all of this.  

    Another frustrating thing involved the service.  Everyone was nice but we had 3 different people serve us at rotating times and there was no sense that anybody really took core responsibility for our service.  The waiter who took our order originally also was extremely unhelpful in guiding us through the menu - at least for a purported fine dining restaurant.  We knew we wanted to have a prawn dish and we asked him to compare a pair of options.  His guidance was limited to telling us that if we got prawn curry, we should order rice with it and that if we got fresh grilled prawns we need not do so.  Not exactly the guidance we were looking for.  

    This place has remarkable potential.  So many options sound wonderful but the execution for us failed to live up to the potential throughout a number of dishes.  Hopefully it was just an anomalous visit but I am in no rush to get back to Amaya unfortunately.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/12/2008
    First to Review

    This is one hell of a restaurant. It's hidden a little bit behind Sloane Street in a small shopping and residential complex but once you find it you'll want the grid co-ordinates tattooed on your arm, a la Angelina Jolie. It's an Indian Restaurant but ultra modern and the food is consistently creative while never ever loosing touch of its authenticity and heritage. The grilled meats in particular are a fine example of this and they also do one of the best tasting menus I've ever had.

    There's also a bar in one section of the restaurant and although I'm not a huge fan of the cocktails and curry combination it feels much more natural here. Nothing is done purely for the sake of following trend and the setting does complete the occasion. And most occasions are suited to this place, especially those that fall just after payday - Amaya doesn't come cheap.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/4/2012

    It's interesting to see the reviews for this restaurant.  I think most of the disappointment comes from people who expect traditional Indian cuisine, and also a few have had inconsistent service.  Bad service deserves bad ratings for sure.  But as for your food expectations, Amaya screams modernity, from its decor to its multi-ethnic staff to its food.  If you walk in here expecting the "usual", well, you're not paying attention.  it's unfortunate that your rating reflects a longing for mediocrity.

    Our experience was incredible.  Our waitress was knowledgeable, friendly, AND (this is rare) perceptive and intelligent.  We discussed wines at length, for example.  She was able to recommend wines that we had never had based on our preferences.

    We started at the bar where we had some wild cocktails.  Mine had chile spice and papaya in it, YUM!

    We had the gourmet tasting menu, several courses.  Every single course was inspired by Indian cuisine which is to say that it used some kind of Indian-based spice or herb or flavor, but every single course was beautifully prepared and inventive.

    I'll try to remember each:

    1. Cheese, fruit, herbs in a bitter lettuce cup
    2. oysters, scallops, shrimp done 3 different ways, including a lime coriander and a red chile sauce  
    3.roasted broccoli with a spiced yogurt on top, we mixed it all in
    4. chicken skewers with black peppercorns and a dipping sauce
    5. lamb chops with minced spiced lamb wrapped in caul fat, this was incredible
    6. Canadian lobster with a masala sauce, absolutely incredible, perfectly cooked, not rubbery
    7. biranye in a pot with a crust on top
    8. 3 desserts

    My only disappointment with this meal was the lack of vegetables, but that is not uncommon when you order a tasting menu in just about any restaurant.  If I had to eat vegetarian for the rest of my life, I would lean heavily on Indian cuisine, because they do such great things with vegetables!

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/6/2011

    This restaurant is tucked away in a quiet area in Knightbridge.  Beautiful setting and lovely to go for lunch as the restaurant is lluminated with tons of natural sunlight.  

    It's been a few months since I've been to the restaurant but gave it a try w/ the restaurant week lunch menu.  The starter soup was phenomenal - full of flavour.  The main course was a variety of items which I thought was good but nothing spectular (esp if I can't recall what I ate!)  I would like to go back and try the a la carte menu as the grills smelled divine.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/7/2011

    Delicious Indian food at not so delicious prices. I really enjoyed the plates, decor, ambiance and my evening here but is expensive for what you get. However it is different from many of the Indian restaurants out there. Definitely to be considered an upmarket dining experience.

    We opted to get a selection of small (2 piece) and larger (4 piece dishes) to share between four - a bit like Indian tapas but I think the vegetarian tasting menus might actually be better value once you add it all up. The stand out dish for me was a fish dish which was delightfully coconutty and left me wishing I didn't have to share it

    The restaurant comes from the owners of Masala Zone of all places, and also Veeraswamy, one of the oldest Indian restaurants in London.

  • 2.0 star rating
    28/7/2011

    Don't go if you are Indian and vegetarian!

    After trying, so many fabulous restaurants in London both on the high end and hole in the wall places, we had high hopes for what is considered one of the top Indian restaurants in London. We were utterly disappointed with this place.

    The decor was modern, not much character. I really loved Masala Zone in Covent Garden which was decorated in the Rajasthani dolls theme. The service was terrible, we had a French waiter who had no idea what any Indian dish meant. Most disappointing was their vegetarian selection, I guess the idea of vegetables on the grill and calling it kabab simply does not work. I expressed my dissatisfaction with the manager and he said that they simply don't cater into this market. Well, I wholeheartedly agree!

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/8/2011

    When I go looking for Indian food, I'm happier with the home cooked kind that tastes great & is at least somewhat hearty & filling. If you're the kind that likes to see doodles & decorations on your plate that take up valuable real estate, this would be the place to visit. The food tends to be fairy bland (non-spicy) but tastes good.

    When we ate there, the waiters sniffed out our mild surprise & kept asking if we wanted 'naan' with our platters. I imagine most Indians like me are mildly surprised at how non-Indian the presentation is.

    Worth going to once just to see what the fuss is all about. For the most part I'll be sticking to my regular favs. If you're Indian or have eaten enough Indian food to have formed a strong opinion about it, be sure to read all the 3 star reviews before you go eat here since it is an expensive place.

    The 'glamour prep' area is visible, clean & fairly entertaining. The toilets are downstairs. NOT good if you're in a wheelchair.

    Also, this was the first Indian joint I've eaten at in London where the waiters didn't seem 100% friendly. I don't remember being smiled at & that's why this review has one less star than it could have had.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/9/2012

    This place ticks all the boxes. The prepare their food with love and serve it in an incredibly charming environment .

    My wife and I enjoyed every aspect of dining at Amaya. Our only issue is that they are not located in Toronto!

    The restaurant is extremely comfortable with pofrssional service and artistry in food. We will return on the next trip to England and recommend dining there to all.  
    Thank you Amaya for a memorable evening.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/4/2011

    Stunner!

    This is the most elegant indian dining experience in the world.  Very subtle flavorings (no red-hot curry house) diverse menu and a great drink list/wine list.  They alway show booked, but I'm usually lucky with early walk-ins.  Price is the only thing that holds me back from 5*

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/4/2011

    This is a new wave, classy, modern indian food restaurant in a beautiful area in Knightsbridge, with outstanding lighting. Very dramatic open kitchen, the steam, the grill, fruits, vegetables. The food was very special, a very different flavour, very well presented. A bit heavy after two hours, so I recommend to walk after at least one hour to your hotel.
        It's also for people watching. Our gay waiter was so funny, the best, we loved him. He even recomended us clubs to go out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/8/2010

    One of the best Indian restaurants out there and completely on par with fine dining in Mumbai and Delhi.  I can't rave about this place enough as a truly amazing culinary experience. Think multi-course, delicate plates and excellent pairing.  The ambiance is nice, but not 'the coolest place ever' like a Hakesaan or Zuma, but the open-kitchen is a great touch and you can see all the food being prepared, which is quite a show as it is all meticulously done.

    If you're looking for traditional sag paneer, dal, naan and curries, this is not the place to go -- you can go to any one of the countless, fantastic run-of-the mill Indian places.  Amaya is different.  Every spice, leaf, nut and garnish is perfectly placed and calculated so that each bite is a complete piece of the dish.

    I wanted to go for the veg tasting menu, but the waiter said it would take 4 hours to complete!  If you have the time, this is always the best way to go at a place like this.  They have 3 or 4 tasting menus: meat, vegetarian and fish, and maybe a chef's choice but I can't remember.  I can't remember exactly what I had as it was a while back and I must have been in a sensory-overload haze, but I remember it all to be amazing.  Plus, great cocktails too!  

    If you love Indian, or have never had Indian outside a north-Indian curry restaurant, please give this place a shot and I promise you will be enlightened.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/1/2012

    Now this is a classy Indian restaurant in Knightsbridge.

    Food is very tasty, uses ingredients like Monk Fish (dishes are definitely upmarket ).
    Service is smooth. Wine list is extensive.

    If you are lucky, you might get a seat near to the kitchen area where there is a window through which you can see the chefs making the naan bread in the tandoori oven.

    Overall, if you have some cash to splash or simply adore good Indian food in a upmarket restaurant, I recommend you dine here!

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    4.0 star rating
    2/1/2008

    Definitely not your run of the mill Indian local...far from it... It's an upmarket restaurant in every sense; prices, decor, setting, location and food presentation all reflect this.

    If you want to limit a potentially high bill try lunching here. You can opt for a set meal with lots of enticing smaller portions of taste-bud-tingling fare. Or if you want something light and different I highly recommend the radicchio salad with goat cheese and mandarin - not traditionally Indian but certainly delicious. Many dishes are available in two sizes. There's a creative and varied choice of non-alcoholic cocktails. The service is very attentive and responsive.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/5/2011

    The spinach and fig appetizer and the lamb curry were awesome.  Sucking the coconut and poppy seed sauce soaked bone marrow was amazing.  And the naan was nomtastic.  Everything was flavorful and well spiced but nothing was searing.

    A bit pricey and the cocktails were ok (granted I am spoiled).  We were seated next to the open kitchen and everything smelled amazing.

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