Amaya

Address: 15 Halkin Arcade, 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JT, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7823 1166

- Expensive

4.6

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
4.6
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
3.7
90%
Ambience
4.6
90%
Location
4
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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