Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Amaya

Silver Award

Restaurants can't be all things to everyone, but Britain’s unwavering love of Indian food already offers Amaya an advantage when it comes to being universally likeable. Aside from the small issue of Knightsbridge pricing - which, granted, could serve to alienate some - Amaya is one of those London gems that proves pretty hard to fault.

In the place of faddy Instagram interiors is a theatrically lit, glossy dining room decked out in blacks and reds that’s oddly comforting despite its vase size. It stretches right back through various levels to a semi-open kitchen where the smell of roasting meats escape from the grill to greet you. The staff are unbelievably endearing too, cocktails are bright and fun, and the menu doesn’t shy away from fan favourites, while managing to offer up some more unusual takes for jaded foodies.

A crispy noodle salad exemplifies the kitchen’s knack for combining unexpected ingredients, in this crunchy, fresh appetiser that they say is so popular that they can’t ever take it off the menu. Golden-crusted scallops follow in a verdant herb sauce and then there are little peppery chicken skewers kissed by a smoky char on the outside, and perfectly soft on the inside. Everything preluding the curries is petite to allow you to try a range of the team’s offerings which run from shellfish platters and grilled game.

For mains a biryani is cranked free from its dough seal in a puff of steam which clears to reveal fluffy bejewelled rice with unbelievable deft spicing. A Smooth butter chicken style curry brings back familiar but finessed flavours and a fluffy garlic naan allows you to wipe up every last bit of sauce. Dessert arrives - sticky syrup soaked dumplings and rose-flavoured mini kulfi - and inevitably prompts complaints that you’ve eaten too much, but sadly there’s nobody to blame but yourself. And that’s the thing, the food here is too good not to enjoy with gay abandon.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Fun, Lively
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Does Amaya have a Michelin star?

Amaya has one Michelin star.

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Are there vegetarian options?

Yes, there are plenty of both vegetarian and vegan options to choose from, so this is a great spot for tables of mixed dietary requirements.

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Is there a dress code?

Not officially, but most people come in smart casual attire.

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

020 7823 1166 020 7823 1166


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-14:15
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:30-14:45
Sun 12:30-14:45
Mon 18:00-22:30
Tue 18:00-22:30
Wed 18:00-22:30
Thu 18:00-22:30
Fri 18:00-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun 18:00-22:00


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32 Reviews 

Ziyad N

31 July 2018  
I've surveyed a very wide variety of what London has to offer in upmarket Indian cuisine - including the recent openings such as Indian Accent and Jamavar. Notwithstanding, Amaya still remains and continue to perform as the best all round upmarket Indian restaurant in central London. The grills/tandoor are in particular a standout feature of this restaurant - they are succulent and creatively spiced and provide a welcome twist on the traditional kebabs. The decor is timeless and the service is very hospitable (I have been going there regularly for a number of years and it is great to recognise and be recognised by many of the staff there). It isn't cheap but it is on par with other restaurants in this category so, taking into account the great experience you get here, i think its an enjoyable meal which you don't have hesitation in paying the premium they charge at Amaya.

Tal L

29 July 2018  
Food was incredible and very cosy and pleasant ambience. My only criticism is portion sizes - I struggle when I order a vegetable dish and receive four pieces on neatly cut vegetable.

Joanna S

27 June 2018  
Great food and lovely ambience.

Jamsheed P

27 June 2018  
Lovely ambience. Innovative Indian grills.

15 April 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
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.

28 March 2014  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
This is one of the best places I've eaten in London. Indian food, but with a fusion style. They bring the plates to you as they are ready. We ordered a bunch of different dishes and shared them, so we spent the entire time eating as they brought the food, plate after plate. It was a great way to share a meal and the food is amazing. WE ordered a second of a few plates because they were so good! Service is excellent. This is a great place for a romantic date or to get together with friends. Don't miss it!!!

Nevine H

10 February 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Great weekend menu specials
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!

Monika S

23 September 2013  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 4
Posh Indian
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)!

Leonie C

13 July 2013  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2.5
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 Mary's biryani is more flavoursome some how more of a traditional flavour. I do know what I am talking about bought up on Indian food (parents born there) travelled north and south India. I no these restaurants are trying to give us a difference experience in Indian food but I really do not think they should give such small portions for the money you pay. So overall it was lovely and only a little bit disappointing… oh the dessert was amazing chocolate box i'll say no more

vanessa F

13 April 2013  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 1
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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