Alys Tomlinson / Time Out
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Time Out says
Thu Aug 9 2012
An established destination for the smart Knightsbridge set, Amaya looks every inch the swish modern restaurant with its stylish open kitchen facing a gorgeous interior of terracotta statues, dark wooden fittings and glimmering chandeliers. It’s owned by the Panjabi sisters (of Veeraswamy, Chutney Mary and Masala Zone fame), and the menu is a dramatic line-up of sophisticated tapas-sized morsels, along with more substantial curries.
The cooks pay as much attention to dressing-up street food as to recreating authentic regal recipes. Favourites include dori kebab: ground lamb, spiced with an aromatic cardamom and mace masala, moulded on to a skewer and cooked over coals. Rustic fried lamb mince, studded with tender kidney, had a splendid base of sticky fried onions, spiced with astringent garlic, ginger and fiery red chillies.
Vegetarian notables include watercress and fig griddle cakes, pomegranate raita and lightly seared tandoori broccoli. However, kebabs are the stars: prawns cloaked in a smoky, peppery marination; lime-drenched grouper wrapped in pandan leaves; and rose-petal and chilli chicken bites. Save space too for the aromatic biriani, redolent of toasted spice and with a subtle floral fragrance. Service, although generally attentive, could be tighter at busy periods.
Amaya Halkin Arcade
- Cross Street:
020 7823 1166
- Opening hours:
Lunch served 12.30-2.15pm Mon-Sat; 12.45-2.45pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10.30pm Sun
Tube: Knightsbridge tube
Main courses £19-£24. Set lunch £19.50-£32. Set dinner £45-£70 tasting menu
- Halkin Arcade
- 020 7823 1166
- Halkin Arcade
Food and drink
Restaurant and bar facilities. Take away. Reservations required. Dinner. Vegetarian dishes. Accessible facilities. General facilities. Private rooms
Meal times. Best for dinner. Wow factor. Hip factor. Eating out. Creative cooking. Fine dining
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