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Hall of FameSquaremeal 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

Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

Apr 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.

Anthony O.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Amaya

Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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Great weekend menu specials

by   silver reviewer (21)

Feb 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   platinum reviewer (51)

Sep 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...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   (1)

Jul 2013

very noisy restaurant with no great atmosphere, had the tasting menu really did not get the first dish of goats cheese and mandarin with a very small amount of cheese, the other dishes were a pleasure all but being a bit small on the meat I.E.a great dish of broccoli and yogurt but one tiny piece of chicken to go with it,next a piece of the smallest piece foie gras you will ever see but melted in your mouth that was sensational, it ended with a biryani which was cooked well, chicken moist but Chutney...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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Disappointed

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Apr 2013

Went here last Sunday, boy, was I disappointed! I've been to chutney mary before and the food was average, so I expected Amaya to be better! The atmosphere in Chutney Mary is actually better than Amaya. As for the food, both very basic, try else where. I think I will try Benares next, hopefully I wouldn't be disappointed!

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Jan 2013

This is modern indian in a very “westernised” way so don't do there if you're looking for just a nice curry as you'll for that be better (and cheaper) served elsewhere. If you're looking for a high-quality top-end version of indian food that'll also appeal to the non-traditional indian food lovers this place, however, is a very good albeit pricey option for you.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 6

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   (1)

Dec 2012

Visited Amaya with a friend for dinner on a Sunday night. The restaurant was fully booked and quietly humming with a diverse mix of guests, young and old. The red lighting, wooden floorboards and steaming open kitchen grills create a lovely, warm ambience. The dining experience was excellent and we will both definitely return. The vegetarian tasting menu had a good variety of dishes, most of them tending towards light, fresh or sweet flavours – more fusion than traditional. On the other hand the...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   (4)

Oct 2012

Good indian fusion food. Not the best indian I have had, but the presentation is great. I recommend sitting by the kitchen, where you can see everything being made. Don't order the lobster, but do order traditional indian dishes with a twist. They can be funny about their seating, but if you are insistant, they will usually accomodate.

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street ,London SW1X 8JT

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by   (1)

Jun 2012

After a bit of window shopping on Friday afternoon, my husband and I decided on the spur of the moment to have an early dinner. A few times I have tried to book a table at Amaya, but it was always fully booked. We decided to take a chance and turn up without a reservation. We arrived just after 6pm, and was shown to a table at the bar, as they only start serving food at 6.30. But the restaurant is so beautiful, it was a pleasure to sip a glass of wine and take in the surroundings. We were taken to...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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    Barrafina: Worth the wait | KOJO London :: Amaya

    Located in a quiet arcade off Motocomb street in Knightsbridge sits one of London&s three Indian restaurants awarded with a Michelin star. Amaya is therefore one of those restaurants that takes Indian cuisine very seriously. Amaya has also succeeded in being one of a few Indian restaurants to really impress me.
    Joining me for dinner were two OHs ready for an evening feast, and once they arrived, we were quickly seated. The restaurant&s design didn&t really stand out to me though. I failed to get a feel of the restaurant&s concept just by observing the environment, which made for an ill-defined ambience. To be...
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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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  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Area: Knightsbridge
  • Price: £44.00
  • Wine: £33.00
  • Champagne: £58.00
  • Private Dining: 14

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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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