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“An absolute delight”, slinky Michelin-starred Amaya sets itself apart from other premier-league Indians in the capital by virtual of its cool, glamorous vibe, theatrical open kitchen (“great fun”) and a menu that eschews orthodox curries in favour of small plates and grills. Flatteringly dark lighting and clever design create just the right mood for some “exceptional” dishes served by an army of ever-gracious staff who are also keen to guide first-timers through the considerable menu. Modern tapas-style dining is the norm, and most dishes are designed for sharing – from “scrumptious” patties filled with tandoori black pepper chicken to char-grilled Madagascan prawns or lightly marinated, coconut-crusted fillet of sea bass. There are also fragrant salads, complex stews and biryanis cooked using one-year-old basmati rice. Terrific cocktails and an exceptional wine list help to oil the wheels, and the weekend lunch menu is reckoned to be “really good value”.

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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...
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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. 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...
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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 : 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...
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  1. Published : Monday, 28 February 2011

    Her Favourite Food :: Amaya

    Swankier than swank. This places looks gorgeous. It’s not over done or over powering, in fact the decor is just perfect. The first thing that hits you is the amount of natural light filling the space, from sky lights to an entire side wall made of glass.

    This makes the restaurant very atmospheric and allows it to look so drastically different in the day and the evening. Reflecting this there are two main spaces: the centre of the restaurant has a lighter feel to it as there are lots of chic mirrors bouncing of the aqua greens and sky blues; the later section is more oriental and composed of dark reds, dim...
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Private Dining at Amaya

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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  • Address: Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JT
  • Telephone: 020 7823 1166
  • Email: amaya@realindianfood.com
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12.30-2.15pm Sun 12.45-2.45pm Mon-Sun 6.30-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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