Amaya

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"EXCELLENT"

27 reviews

Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street , London, SW1X 8JT

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020 7823 1166

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SquareMeal Review of Amaya

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"EXCELLENT"

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeSquaremeal London Hot 100 2016A clever combination of flattering lighting and a genius design spec that brings the ‘theatre’ kitchen unobtrusively into the slinky dining room would be enough for most restaurants to make a fashionable leap into the limelight, but Amaya has its Michelin-starred food and brilliant service too. Readers confirm that this glamorous venue is up there with the Indian big boys thanks to spot-on cooking, “wonderful variety” and a menu that cherry-picks influences from across the subcontinent. Plenty of “superior” high-end ingredients are woven in too: foie gras gets the tandoori treatment, and lightly stir-fried lobster masala also features. Don’t miss the subtly spiced chicken tikkas, the tandoori ocean prawns or the sizzling specialities from the tawa hotplate and sigri grill (white sweet potatoes, wild venison, stonkingly good lamb chops fired with smoked chilli). Most dishes are designed for sharing and arrive from the open kitchen as and when they’re ready. A spice-friendly wine list matches the food in every department, but it would be a mistake to overlook the cocktails.

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Amaya Location

Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street , London SW1X 8JT

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020 7823 1166

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Opening times

Mon-Sun 12.30pm-2.15pm 6.30-11.30pm Sun -10.30pm)

Amaya's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.6

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Service: 6.9

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Atmosphere: 7.1

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Value: 6.1

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Bronze Reviewer
15 April 2014

I am a great fan of Indian cuisine and spices and this is by far one of the best Indian restaurants i have visited. Do not expect your average Indian restaurant, do not expect a curry instead expect finely grilled meats, marinated in the finest spices. The portions are light, so desserts are tempting and tasty. Looks like they had a recent refurb here too.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 3

Silver Reviewer
10 February 2014

I had read many mixed reviews so had no real expectations. We went for the weekend special menu which is really good value and provides a tasting of several small courses (naan, spiced creamy spinach, diced potato, lamb, chicken, sea bass raita, paneer, biryani… I think that was all) , all delicious, beautifully spiced, adequate portion sizes, we were quite replete by the end. My son had a mango lassi which was excellent too. Good efficient service. We were seated near the open kitchen which is fun to watch. My only gripe would be that the wine starting price is very expensive, un-necessary. All in all, an excellent Sunday lunch, we will be back!

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 4

Value: 4

Gold Reviewer
23 September 2013

My mother is known for her legendary Bengali home cooking and so, when she gave Amaya the ‘thumbs up’ cola style, I knew this place was a keeper. Amaya is a slick Indian grill restaurant (around the corner from King's Road), so a perfect post-shopping venue or for a big night out. It has a Hakkasan feel inside, dark, sultry, glossy and is full of smart SW1 regulars. The food is Indian food tapas style, but it is the refined presentation and taste sensation level of each dish that makes this place special. There is an open kitchen to witness the chefs at work and the spicy, chargrilled bites that come from there are like little mouthfuls of chilli bliss. Indian food is all about depth of flavour and layering of spices and not many Indian restaurants seem to achieve this. Other top indian restaurants in London, eg Tamarind, Veeraswamy , Benares are superficially beautiful, but do not seem to hit the mark like Amaya does. Highlights include the spiced to perfection chicken lollipops, chargrilled moreish monkfish, chilli crusted paneer, a fine fluffy assortment of Indian breads from the tandoor oven and deeply marinaded finger-licking grilled lamb chops. The actual curries are less exciting but good. Prices are high, but this is the one place my mother did not say ‘I could make this for 50p’ ie it was worth it . I have been countless times and I will be back soon for my next chilli, spicy fix ( next time mum is out of town)!

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