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Michelin-starred Amaya succeeds precisely because it doesn’t do curry clichés. Instead, the open kitchen serves elegant dishes for worldly Belgravia socialites with trim waistlines and bulging wallets. Everything depends on the tandoor, the sigri grill and tawa skillet, as the chefs send out a procession of memorable creations – morsels of ‘sensational’ foie gras, spicy chicken-wing lollipops, keema kaleji (stir-fried minced lamb with kidney), masala lobster and so on. There are fragrant salads such as tandoori broccoli with yoghurt and ginger, various complex curries and biryanis cooked using one-year-old basmati rice – all ‘alive with spices’. To finish, the rose crème brûlée and savoury-tinged prune pannacotta are smooth, cooling standouts. Meanwhile, the slinky dining room flaunts its glamour with sultry red lighting, silk cushions, vivid murals and twinkly crystal hangings – no wonder it’s dubbed a ‘pleasure for the senses’.

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 16 April 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Amaya, Knightsbridge

    Located in Knightsbridge, Amaya is a Michelin starred Indian restaurant by the same people as Veeraswamy, Chutney Mary and Masala Zone. After a recent incredible meal at Indian restaurant Gymkhana, I was really excited to see what Amaya had to offer...
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  1. Who knew, that nestled in the back streets of Belgravia, a Michelin Starred Indian restaurant existed? I for one didn't. Indian cuisine is something i have a real passion for and to find yet another, just on my doorstep - i got a little excited. Amaya opened its doors in 2004 and quickly gained its first Michelin star in 2006. Its kept hold of it ever since. From my dining experiences Michelin star Indian restaurants have always been mixed experiences. Generally they are of very good value, both in terms of portion size, and cost. Service is always a little brisk, and erratic while decor tends to vary. Amaya apparently just went under some interior revamp, although i think it needs another, tables and chairs were looking incredibly tired.

    We arrived for a lunchtime sitting on a Saturday, and couldn't resist the incredibly well priced weekend set menu of 7 dishes for £26...
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  1. Published : Saturday, 12 October 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Amaya

    The open grill at Amaya is tantalising to watch, an unrestricted arena where unexpected tastes blend with traditional Indian cooking methods of tandoor, sigri and tawa. A range of sea and land dwelling creatures are basted in homespun marinades and seared on charcoal flames, hotter than the fiery pits of Hades. This passion is whispered throughout the plush opulence of Amaya where dusky mahogany meets warm rosewood, and crystals hang like polished stalactites in this sultry Aladdin’s cave.

    The menu is arranged in three main sections according to how long the dishes take to arrive, and are brought out as soon as they are ready. Most plates can be ordered as smaller portions to better explore the menu. First out are the king scallops, gently griddled and steeped in a fragrant herb curry redolent of coconut, lime, and cumin...
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  1. Published : Sunday, 24 November 2013

    little swallow : china doll :: Amaya, Knightsbridge

    I have a confession.

    I don't enjoy eating Indian. I KNOW! I know. Living in the UK and all.

    The problem seems to be two-fold: one, poppadoms with all their dipping sauce glory are the highlight which means I've always peaked way too soon, and two, the after effects. People talk about KFC or fish and chips leaving that "ugh...so wish I hadn't done that" feeling post-pigout, but for me that's a guaranteed post-Indian effect.

    So imagine my delight at Amaya - no post dining regret, and a brilliant meal to boot...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 5 December 2012

    HungryinLondon :: AMAYA (Belgravia)

    “I am sorry, you are not allowed to take pictures,” the Eastern European waitress kindly pointed out while I was about to snap the first course to arrive at our table.

    I wonder why really, it’s not that the plates look all that special and it’s the best way to piss a well-behaved (I don’t use flash, take my pictures with my iPhone and am also otherwise a good and discreet customer) food blogger off. I honestly don’t understand what’s wrong with taking a photo of the plate of food you have paid for – it doesn’t hurt anyone (apart from your dinner companion maybe who has to hold out until you found the right angle and ideal lighting) and it’s just frankly obnoxious...
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Amaya’s private dining room, which was refurbished in 2010, seats 14 and serves set menus starting from £42 per head.

 

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Karunesh Khanna

Karunesh Khanna is one of a tiny number of Indian chefs to have won a Michelin star. He has been working as head chef at Amaya since it opened in September 2004 & prior to that he held the position of executive chef at the Taj Holiday Village in Goa. However, much of his training was in London, at The Dorchester, The Four Seasons, The Ritz & Claridge's. When it opened, Amaya immediately shot to fame, winning our BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant Spring 2005 among other accolades. From the team behind Masala World, much-loved Chutney Mary & Veeraswamy, Awana's brand of Indian kebab cuisine is still rare in London, with its focus on three styles of grill.
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