Amaya
Amaya

Amaya

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.realindianfood.com/
  • Phone: 02078231166
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet

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A word from Amaya
Amaya is one of the leading fine dining restaurants serving Indian food in the world today. It is part of the acclaimed Masala World Group, whose London restaurants serve Indian cuisines of the highest quality. The other restaurants in the group are leading fine dining restaurants, Veeraswamy and Chutney Mary, and 7 Masala Zone restaurants which are brasserie restaurants.
Opened in October 2004, where fashionable Knightsbridge meets Belgravia. Amaya set the trend for a new wave of Indian Cuisine worldwide. It won awards for the Best Restaurant and the Best New Restaurant awards and in 2006, it also became one of the very few Indian restaurants to be awarded a Star in any Michelin Red Guide.
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Amaya reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.3
    Value3.8
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (23)fit for foodies (19)business meals (18)romance (15)good vegetarian options (12)group bookings (9)sunday lunch (5)disabled access (3)outstanding value (3)brunch (3)pre/post theatre (3)child friendly (2)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Very rushed
    Pippa6
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was very good but we felt that we were served very fast with no time between dishes for a breather which slightly spoiled the evening
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  • Losing its mojo
    wookie
    Dined on 29/9/2014
    Amaya used to be an outstanding experience. Not so any more. Gone are the lively Brazilian / Mediterranean staff. Sullen Eastern European waitresses may look pretty but aren't up to the job. Ours was particularly bad - totally incapable of tuning in to the mood. Hint - If 2 people are talking and haven't opened the menu, they probably aren't ready to order. As to the food Prawns were badly over cooked dry and burnt Broccoli was bitter, unevenly cooked sweet potato mushy - no crisp bits like before. Oysters luke warm. The pepper chicken was outstanding as always, but standards are definitely down. The tray of condiments is no longer free. What next? Charge is paying by card? The orange based gin cocktail - Where was the gin?
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  • Great food but a bit pricey
    JGreenVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Great food and service but it was a bit pricey for what it was. Good to go once.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions
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  • Very overrated, bad service
    notmichelin
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was alright, although not what I would call experimental and interesting enough to be worth a Michelin star. The staff hassled us to choose from their (complicated, for the first time user!) menu, and recommended the black pepper chicken, which was average at best. They were then nowhere to be found. I asked for tap water and obviously they ignored that and brought bottled water instead. In addition, at every Michelin restaurant I've been to there have been 'free' extras, which you haven't ordered, but make you feel taken care of and elevate the overall quality of the service - things like bread, palate cleansers, fresh juice. Amaya offers none of this, not even free Naan. For a bill of over £200. Disappointed.
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  • Very enjoyable meal
    ls105
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We went for Saturday lunch at Amaya and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We had the £35 set menu. The food was excellent and very well presented. Portions weren't massive but the flavours were fantastic. Service was efficient and polite, and the restaurant is in a great location.
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  • Stop at bank first!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 24/6/2014
    Splurged with Gourmet Tasting Menu since first visit here. Everything but hum-drum goat cheese/mandarin orange salad was great, although lobster portion for 2 people on tasting menu was embarrassingly dinky -- 3 tiny bites each. Suggest a la carte -- particularly noteworthy the seafood platter combo, tandoor chicken and chicken biryani. Raita and yogurt sauce on broccoli cloyingly sweet.
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  • Perfect
    Albi23
    Dined on 25/5/2014
    Really perfect. Eccellente ambience, food and service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    TaraCVIP
    Dined on 24/5/2014
    This is one of my favourite Indian restaurants. it isn't typical Indian; more like Indian tapas, but every single thing that goes in your mouth is superb! The flavours are unique, and everything has a little bit of a twist. All the food is fresh and really lovely. Cocktails are very good. I don't normally do cocktails as they make me very squiffy, but I make exceptions at Amaya. Yet again, my husband had to guide me home! I always love coming to Amaya.
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  • Best Indian food in London
    drislack
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    We visit London yearly and always make this one of our first stops as the food and service are exceptional. Everything on the menu is delicious. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LUNCH
    kay1
    Dined on 30/4/2014
    We have a great time at lunch....we were sat near the kitchen which was not ideal as the smoke kept covering us...but the food was amazing....
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dream!
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 21/4/2014
    Fabulous food, excellent menu, amazing tastes and great staff! Cant wait for a return!
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  • Good but not great
    CKumar
    Dined on 13/4/2014
    Had dinner at Amaya on a Sunday evening. Gonna do this review in components then overall. The restaurant decor was OK. Service was absolutely outstanding. Our waiter and what may have been the head waiter / maître d was excellent. Wine was fantastic. Food wise was a bit hit and miss to be honest. The lamb kofta was simply amazing. As was the crab. The chicken with rose petals was quite pedestrian, nice but nothing special. The (Garlic) Naan again, nothing special. The Briyani was nice. Maybe we chose the wrong dishes as some were simply amazing but for michelin starred restaurant, you'd expect more consistency in terms of brilliance. I would rate Trishna (also michelin starred) better than Amaya I'm afraid.
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  • Fully recommended
    Arron
    Dined on 27/3/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we were both very impressed. The food was simply amazing and the service was first class. No complaints what so ever. The open kitchen creates a very good atmosphere, the food was served quickly and perfectly cooked. I would fully recommend this restaurant to anyone. Although it is a little pricey (approx £ 100 - £150 pp) it is well worth the treat on a special occasion Passion Fruit and Guava Mojito is a must!!!!! 10/10
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing flavors, but expensive
    Salim
    Dined on 23/3/2014
    Had a great sunday lunch for two. Loved the flavors, service was excellent. However a lunch for two with 1 drink for each cost a whopping £180... I dont think its fair.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    deimanteVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Amaya rarely disappoints and this time was no different. There is so much i like about this place: the tapas style sharing plates that allow tasting many different dishes, wines and cocktails are very good too. I never had a bad service here. There is one disadvantage from the previous visit - now they are charging for the sauces that used to be complementary. Apart from that everything is great.
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  • Waste of money
    Caligirl
    Dined on 24/1/2014
    After all the hype of this restaurant I went with three other people to have lunch. We did the tasting menu among 3 of us. the fourth person did a vegetarian menu. As for our meal, I can't even remember anything that is worth recommending. All the dishes were mediocre. The jumbo shrimp lacked taste and was overcooked. The two chicken dishes were ok. Everything had too much cardamom. Almost overpowered everything else. The starter was a goat cheese salad. I though we were at an Indian restaurant. As an Indian I can definitely say it lacked in Indian flavors. The service was mediocre and I would not recommend anyone going there unless it was a business lunch and your company was paying for it.
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  • Will return
    ptylondonVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The place is beautiful, the food superb and the staff know the menu and do the proper reccomendations. I went with another diner and our favorite were the prawns and the duck. Both one of the best we have ever had. Excellent array of choices for every taste. The spices were strong (not spicy though) in each plate, but perfectly mixed, and food was delicate and flavorful. The one thing we didnt love as much was the panacotta for dessert, the liquid sugar on the top makes it way too sweet. Great experience overall.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business lunch
    ckc1234
    Dined on 15/11/2013
    Tables well spaced, decent food and price, and quiet for business lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food
    JamesI
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    The food was fantastic, a varied and exciting menu which was perfectly cooked.The service was also exemplary. We paid £125 for two people including desert, wine, a couple of beers and a cocktail plus 12.5% gratuity. Considering the high quality of food this was very good value. Highly recommended.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since 26 October 2013
    • Average Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambience4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Value4.1
  • The following 210 reviews are from the Amaya reviews archive.
  • Very nice but slightly overpriced
    Martymarty
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Very nice atmosphere and service is really caring an attentive. They tend to recommend ordering a lot of dishes but one can be full with 3 plates already actually. Slightly overpriced, but trendy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Presentation and quality of
    Tarik
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Presentation and quality of the food is good. The Amaya Favourites menu has a very good selection of dishes. However, drinks are pretty expensive. Overall a good meal in nice surroundings but somewhat expensive for lunchtime.
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  • Tasty Indian Tapas
    Essie
    Dined on 18/9/2013
    Loved the food and the service and will definitely go back! But: I had asked for a nice table to celebrate my husband's birthday. While we had a table for two people it was close to the BBQ station/ kitchen and the smells get quite intense and you're sitting where all the food gets carried away from the open kitchen. Bummer...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its a nice place, and the
    Mark
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Its a nice place, and the food is good, but not the best indian out there still prefer Tamarind, Cinnamon club or Les Portes des indes
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive modern Indian cuisine
    Suggul
    Dined on 26/8/2013
    3 of us went to Amaya for Bank Holiday lunch. Restaurant is modern and quite stylish, but rather noisy - perhaps too open and too many hard surfaces. Had neither the romantic or special feel you'd expect at this price. We went for the Amaya favourites set menu + venison kebabs, had mocktails, desserts and water. Given the set menu was £32/head, was quite a shock when final bill was £67/head. Food was delicious - beautifully seasoned and flavoured, delicately spiced, imaginative and nicely presented. Service was efficient, and knowledgeable, but somewhat robotic and lacking a human touch. Overall, food was excellent, but for the price and Michelin star I would expect a nicer ambiance and more personable service. Good, but not mind-blowing.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    lechienthomas
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    As always, Amaya did not disappoint us. The food was perfect and the service was excellent. It is one of our favourite restaurants in London.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    JBNYC
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    As one of the suggested top restaurants for Indian food in London, I expected the food and service to match the ambiance. They didnt. The food was good, but not exceptional (except for a spinach side dish), and the service, while professional, felt cold, other than the hostess. I ended up feeling that I was a minor guest at an important person's table and not paid attention to. In contrast, one of the other Indian restaurants I visited provided that combination of food and service that made the experience exceptional, even if the ambiance was not as sophisticated.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way above average
    MrGrumpyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Interesting Indian dishes with strong flavours, good service
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    special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Indian, but at a price.
    lechienthomas
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    We go to Amaya about five or six times a year, and each time I go, I find something new to love about the place They have recently changed the menu, and I needed to ask the waiter about some of the new curries. The staff are very helpful, and we sorted things out quickly. We ordered the biryani, which was just fantastic. Also, I recommend the mussels, they are just sublime! They make excellent martinis, as well as mojitos. One word of caution, when reserving online, if they do not know you, they may put you at a communal table, which is just dreadful. Even though we are regulars, I always stress that the communal table is not acceptable. The typical bill ends up being £150 per person which is very expensive, but it is well worth it.
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  • amazing food
    singaporeVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2013
    Amaya has never let us down, everytime we have been there -and we do go there often, we never get dissapointed. The food is outstanding. the flavors are unique and the menu is superb. you never feel that you have "been there done it" , there is a uniqueness to the cuisine. Highly recommend! we usually prefer to go for lunch but both lunch and dinner are great options.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, brunch, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    Morgana
    Dined on 23/5/2013
    We went to Amaya for a birthday lunch before going to the Chelsea Flower Show. We had the tasting menue and the dessert bowl for two and all the dishes were wonderful. We could not falut the service or attention to detail and we had a very pleasant couple of hours there. The light style of cooking was particularly well suited to a lunch meal.
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  • Great Food but complex menu!
    RohanVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    The food and service is excellent. It's a unique style of Indian food, quite a few street options, aloo papri chaat etc. The only criticism would be that when you order the tasting platters or one of the set menus (which is what they recommend to do at lunchtime) you have to order the same thing for the whole table meaning that if you have a combination of meat eaters and vegi's things can get complicated! That being said the waiter and chef did bend the rules to accomodate us and we enjoyed an excellent meal once we got our head round how it works!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of the top london restaurants
    Ilovemyfood
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    We had Sunday lunch at Amaya. what a treat! The food was delicious (even the dishes i normally don't like were tasty), the lunch menu was good value at £25 (though we ended up spending about £60 per person with wine, dessert, extra dishes-which we wanted to try but were definitely not necessary), service was very professional and attentive. i was impressed they were very gracious when i asked them for a doggy bag. The whole experience was worth every penny. I warmly recommend and cannot wait to go back. dinner there would be a bit expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
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  • Excellent food and service
    daviluxVIP
    Dined on 19/4/2013
    Excellent food and service with some very special modern dishes.
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  • Freshly cooked and delicious
    Janski
    Dined on 14/4/2013
    We love the tapas approach - lots of dishes to share. You have the opportunity to taste a wider range of flavours. As most if it is grilled, the food is freshly cooked to order; although you may have a bit if a wait for some items, there is plenty of food arriving. It was all good but the prawns were scrumptious, and the succulent chicken breast. The lamb chops were good too, and we loved the dal. The roti were fresh and delightfully grease free! All in all, a very enjoyable meal.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amaya very tasty
    srbnyc
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    We enjoyed the "Amaya's Favourites" tasting menu. It was an excellent range of different tastes and styles of this type of Indian cuisine. The food was delicious, the mocktails so yummy we each had two, and the service tip top.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    deimanteVIP
    Dined on 2/3/2013
    We had an excellent evening in Amaya. Excellent service, trendy and atmospheric ambience and very good food. The new additions to the menu were very good. One overlook - one dish did not make it to our table (the aubergine) but we realized it much later and left the restaurant very happy.Great cocktails. Looks forward to be back.
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  • Amaya
    DarrenWorld
    Dined on 23/2/2013
    Everything we had was delicious, but despite ordering around 7 of the tapas style portions, we left still hungry. In particular, the four pieces of monkfish tikka we received were miserly. I appreciate it's Michelin star and I'm happy to pay for that quality of food, but I didn't leave feeling that the price was justified.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never ceases to deliver, wonderful
    LS818
    Dined on 17/2/2013
    Never ceases to deliver, wonderful relaxed dining.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Sunday Lunch in Londontown!
    JKGRVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    I have been to Amaya a number of times. The Sunday Lunch options really are the best in terms of value for money. Similar dishes on weekday are priced nearly 50% higher . ( I am not talking about any offers - just what Amaya offers on their weekend lunch menu) A very unique Indian - no curries - just excellent grilled meat and a very good chicken biryani.
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  • KL
    FirstOfMayVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Totally disappointed! Extremely expensive for a simple Indian food. Bad service and attitude from the waiter/ waitress. Far from Micheline starred restaurant. Not recommended.
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