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Restaurants, Indian Belgravia
4 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
© Ming Tang Evans
© Ming Tang Evans

Time Out says

Stylish pan-Indian tapas, silky-smooth service, sleek cocktail bar and dining area. Ask for a table by the kitchen for a view of the chefs working.

Specialising in stylish pan-Indian tapas, Amaya is favoured by a clientele of well-heeled professionals blessed with good taste and deep pockets. The sleek cocktail bar and dining area are furnished with a seductive mix of black granite, dark wooden fitting, terracotta statues and a splash of modern art. Ask for a table by the open kitchen for a view of chefs working the clay tandoor, charcoal grill and griddle. Recent menu additions include fragrant and tender chicken thighs steeped in fresh turmeric with lime juice then seared in the tandoor. Lucknow’s sausage-shaped kakori kebab, made from skewered pounded lamb spiced with cardamom and cloves and cooked over charcoal, had lovely fragrant and floral notes – a tribute to the royal kitchens of its origin. Amaya’s own-made paneer is outstanding – we loved our soft, almost spongy, tandoori cubes encased in a wisp of a chilli crust. Beef makes a surprise appearance with a splendid sirloin boti, the peppery, meaty chunks winning a gold star for their smoky-citrussy marination. To round things off: a tasty, cardamom-scented chicken korma simmered in a smooth wild garlic masala enriched with onions, coriander and green chillies. Service was as smooth as Indian silk.




Address: Halkin Arcade
Motcomb Street
Transport: Tube: Knightsbridge tube
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.4 / 5

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Amaya, a Michelin star restaurant in the heart of Knightsbridge, is a trendy spot that serves contemporary Indian cuisine in an elegant setting.

A welcoming waiter seated my companion and I at a window table in a room with a dramatic open grill kitchen. We began by sharing the Snowpeas and Fennel Salad and the Iceberg and Amarana Salad with Chilli Dressing. They had unusual aromatic flavours that were subtle yet appetising. We then had their signature Shakarkhand Chaat Sweet Potato. It tasted exceptionally creamy and delicious exceeding my expectations. Along with this, we had the Venison Kebab which was succulent and well-spiced; another remarkable dish of theirs.

For mains, the Chicken Biryani was covered in pastry. We ordered this with Raita; a cooling Indian yoghurt that was daintily decorated with pomegranate and rose petals. The waiter then cut open the pastry which by itself was an artistic presentation. The rice tasted fragrant and contained delicate pieces of tender chicken. 

For dessert, we ordered the Blackberry Kulfi; a refreshing creamy Indian icecream. This was just what we needed after having had so many spices.

Salads between £16-18, Chicken biryani at £28, Shakarkhand Chaat at £12.50, Venison at £10.50 and a Kulfi at £8; the menu is rather pricey. But Amaya demonstrate real flair with a fresh new take on Indian flavours where dishes are meticulously prepared using vibrant colours and sauces giving them both a flavoursome and striking appeal.

We went for the tasting menu with wine pairing and found that the service wasn't the best with the waiter forgetting our wine pairings a few times, when the food was served the waiter did not tell us what the dish was, the portions sizes were really small for a tasting menu. Overall the food was nothing special with the meat dishes quite undercooked which resulted in me throwing up (being Indian myself I thought I would be blown away with the quality of the food). Having done quite a few of the Michelin starred restaurants I have to say this was really disappointing and I wouldn't go back.


Swankier than swank. This places looks gorgeous. It’s not over done or over powering, in fact the decor is just perfect. The first thing that hits you is the amount of natural light filling the space, from sky lights to an entire side wall made of glass. 

I had been awaiting for an excuse to visit Amaya for ages and the food, decor and cost was all totally worth it. Furthermore although many people have pointed to ‘bad service’ at Amaya, I found the staff really very friendly and easy to get along with. The waiters were not your usually stuffy, professional types which might put some people who pay a price for a certain service off, but I found that their approachable attitude added to the experience.

We have been coming back to Amaya for many years now. It reconfirms every time the uniqueness and the high level we met when we first came. The options remain vast and we always appreciate the opportunity to share and to repeat.... Food remains exceptional. Scallop and venison kebab are signature dishes not to be missed. But also, sirloin boti, chicken chops, amritsari lamb and jumbo prawn were particularly tasty and imaginative. Rasmalai choco was an experience one should have once in a while. Such a good restaurant. Consistent, yet always full of surprises.

The Indian food in Amaya Restaurant comes in pretty big portions, warm and yummy and they deliver pretty fast which is a huge advantage especially when you are starving. Good pricing, too. I really love that place

I had a very positive experience at Amaya. The cocktails are deliciously prepared at the bar near the reception. The decor and the atmosphere are very classy and the food is a combination of dishes from all parts of India, despite not being very traditional. That said, everything is so delicious and wonderfully presented. Well-deserved Michelin star. The budget for a dinner with wine is around 90 pounds per head. I recommend the tasting menu or the gourmet tasting menu.

Exquisite food. Superbly presented Indian dishes that brought out al if the intensity and lusciousness of complex Indian, without the usual steaming heap of something swimming in gravy. This was art meets food wrapped in Indian spices and colours, very nice and well worth the visit.

The only suggestion I could offer is that the dhal could use a little lift and a tdarkha finish.

The Indian food in Amaya Restaurant comes in pretty big portions, warm and yummy and they deliver pretty fast which is a huge advantage especially when you are starving. Good pricing, too. I really love that place

Best, healthiest Indian food i have ever had.  Service was exceptional.  Open kitchen is as good as theater.

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.

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!!!!

A total disappointment. Spending the weekend in London and thought we treat ourselves to the "Number 1" rated restaurant on Timeout. Ordered various small dishes which equates to two tiny pieces of chicken/lamb etc. The food was served in a random order e.g we had finished our main course before the Naan bread arrive or had asked for the bill only to be served one remaining ordered item. Overall, with a lunch bill of £63 ( £56 + a 12.5% gratuity added), we left hungry and cheated. Furthermore, the served dishes had no Indian cuisine authenticity in terms of flavors or spices. Luckily, this awful, expensive lunch was compensated with a lovely Carrot cake at Ottolenghi's next door. Never again and not recommended if you want a decent Indian restaurant in London. Sadly, i have to choose 1 star as a rating as half a star is not possible.

Average, rather uninspiring food with very poor highly arrogant service. THey are catering mainly for tourist trade and one time guests whom they can fleece for as much money as possible and they are ot trying to get guests to come back. We had the most expensive Indian meal I have ever eaten here and were treated like a bad smell. GO to Chutney Mary or Tamarind, they are far better!

so far it was a restaurant on the rise but think they've hit the top.. well with their current GM sirdir (let me use traditional British way) as it appeases most of these serving the locals, it may just be downwards from here.. service with a smile could help but not a tight lipped 'ordering the customer itself 'attitude. good luck .. food is a better parameter to judge a restaurant and it is consistantly good .. 4/5 on food, 2/5 on service.

I absolutely loved the food. We went as a large group of people, so we ordered most of the menu. It was an amazing experience, and the food was fantastic! The restaurant was clean, and the atmosphere was superb!

Mediocre food, over-priced and rude staff. I was told by the staff not to take photo of my food as it is the restaurant policy that no camera are allow in the dinning area ?!? I just want to show my friends what dodgy food they serve.

We should not really give it even 1 star. We made a much anticipated journey for my birthday. After we a consistently good experiences in it's sister restaurant Chutney Mary and it having 1 Michelin rating, we were hoping for an enjoyable experience. Instead we had inadequate service, food was below par and definately not meet expectations. It was expensive for what it offered even taking the location into account. To add to all the toilets were terrible. Money and time down the drain. Do not bother, go somewhere else.

I think overall we found it to be a pleasant experience. We enjoyed the drinks that we had ordered and in particular the monkfish tikka, tofu tikka, chicken wing lollipops, half duck, lamb chops and aubergines. The atmosphere was great very relaxing and felt at home. The staff were very attentive and friendly. However we did think that some of the dishes we had ordered unfortunately were over powered by some of the spices used. In particular too much cumin was used on the wok fried spinach and the prawns which had completely spoiled the delicate flavours of the spinach and prawns, and the Lamb dori kebab we felt was under spiced. The chicken tikka was again also over spiced with the black pepper corns but the meat was very moist and succulent. We felt that although the service was very good it was not good enough for a Michelin starred restaurant where it should be unquestionably exceptional so this was disappointing. For example it was disappointing that the naan bread was not brought properly in the correct portions and it was some time after that the waiter explained that there was more en-route. Some of the dishes were taking longer than expected but again only later the waiter had decided to tell us this, however on other dishes he did manage our expectations better. The dessert we had was the Rasmalai and chocolate heaven. The chocolate heaven was fantastic, great chocolate tart and crumbly pastry, exceptional milk chocolate brownie. The Rasmalai was not as good it lacked flavour. In terms of value for money, we felt it was average and disappointing, We felt that the idea of small portions and sharing although is a novel idea doesn’t really lend itself well to Indian cuisine. If one was being cynical it can be seen as being very commercial given the prices being charged £29.50 for the king prawns for example. We are happy to pay an exceptional price if the food was equally exceptional. Unfortunately we felt overall it did not. We also felt it a bit cheeky to include charitable donations as part of the bill as standard without asking permission. We appreciate the fact that it is optional and could ask the waiter to opt out of this but it really have should been the other way round, where we were allowed to opt in if we wanted to, furthermore we felt that the business should be making this donation themselves and not asking the customer to do so. Unfortunately and I am sorry (because I am disappointed of myself for having to say this) to say that I would not recommend this restaurant to other people purely because there are other similar restaurants that offer what Amaya does but giving greater value for money.

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