Amaya

Price guide: Expensive

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

Price guide: Expensive

Amaya dining room

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#24 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.6
4.6
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
4
4.0
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, People watching, Romance, Shopping, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of Amaya

Here’s a rare thing in London: an Indian restaurant just right for a night of romance.

The polar opposite of a traditional British curry house, Amaya is a glossy, sophisticated Indian grill in Knightsbridge that serves smartened-up versions of Asian street food favourites.

Food and drink: 

There’s a series of cooking stations to one side of the restaurant where food is grilled to order using India’s traditional tawa, sigri and tandoor and served with zingy, freshly made salads. Forget the chicken tikka you see in supermarkets, this is the real deal, scented with lemon, rose petals and chilli and charcoal-grilled to perfection. For something different, try the charcoal-grilled oysters, or spinach and fig patties. The biryanis are especially good too, and I love the cocktails made from exotic flavours such as kokum, kaffir lime and lychee.

Ambience: 

Glamorous, theatrical, colourful, and probably best experienced at night, though a glass roof ensures it is pleasantly light during the day.

Service: 

Could be friendlier.

Location: 

A quiet retail and restaurant development away from Knightsbridge proper.

Price advice: 

Drop by at lunchtime for an Amaya platter of eight tasting portions for £19.50. An à la carte meal with wine will cost at least £65 per head in the evening.

More information on Amaya:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Indian
Address:
15 Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JT
Telephone:
020 7823 1166
Website:
http://www.amaya.biz
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 12.30-2.15pm, 6.30-11.30pm; Sun 12.45-2.45pm, 6.30-10.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Amaya? Would you recommended it?