Amaya

Amaya

Amaya, Knightsbridge, London

Nearest Train station: Knightsbridge

http://www.amaya.biz/

Instagram: @amaya.ldn

Did you know that Chutney Mary, Veraswamy and Amaya are all part of the same group. All providing their own individual menu with classical Indian dishes with their own unique twist at each. This one star Michelin restaurant out of the trio specialises in grilled delicacies.

Firstly, be warned I was anticipating a 1-2 minute walk to the restaurant from the station but it is a 10 minute walk to Belgravia.

Unfortunately the restaurant or the adjacent building is going through some renovation so the outside was not very aesthetically pleasing.

We opted for the vegetarian tasting menu. At £40 per person (or £70 per person if you would like the matching wines). With a non-alcoholic cocktail each, a shared dessert and service charge our bill came to £60 each. I would save somewhere like Amaya for a special occasion like a pre-birthday 😀

The great thing about a tasting menu is that it offers a variety of small dishes that the restaurant offers. Ideally this should be seasonal, inviting guests to try this menu each time they visit. I asked the waiter and he told me it hasn’t changed in a long time but they’re have been small changes over time.  Which means I won’t be going back to try the tasting menu again.

Picture 1: Crispy Cabbage & Noodle salad

This was actually one of my favourite dishes, the crunch of the noodles in the salad gave a good mix of different textures. There were also pieces of grape and pomegranate to give bursts of flavour at different bites. 4/5

Picture 2: Tandoori Paneer with naan

You can’t be a vegetarian, go to an Indian restaurant and not have paneer. This was not disappointing either. The naan was super tasty and the paneer tasted home made as it was very soft. 4/5

Picture 3: Watercress &. Green Peas Seekh

I’ve never tried a vegetarian kebab like this before, it was very soft  and definitely full of flavour. 4/5

Picture 4: Beetroot Kasaundi Kebab.

This was more of a cutlet.I liked this dish but my friend was right it did have an overpowering taste of what we felt was cardamom. 3/5

Picture 5: Goatscheese & yoghurt kebab.

A smooth and creamy bite. Quite an average dish. 3/5

Picture 6: Grilled Asaparagus with a spicy sauce

This felt more like a gap filler dish.

3/5

Picture 7: Stir fried Balabrese & Baby corn

Quite a dry dish but full of flavour, with sunflower seeds for a crunch. Quite a simple dish 3/5

Picture 8: Picture 8: Vegetable Biryani & Raita

This was a standard biryani, there was nothing extraordinary about it, and in our opinion it had too much cardamom in it again. 3/5

Picture 9: The trio of miniature desserts.

 This had a blood orange creme brûlée (My favourite), a chocolate rasmalai, and a kulfi. After a rich meal mini desserts to share was a great finish. 4/5

(Out of 5)

Atmosphere: 🌍🌍🌍🌍

Service: 👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳👨🏽‍🍳

Value: 💰

Food: 🌶 🌶🌶

Overall rating:⭐⭐

The price for a Michelin starred restaurant was very reasonable. We had a great evening but I have to be honest I was expecting more from my meal. Fine dining for Indian food is very difficult especially for vegetarians as you can go to a much cheaper alternatives which probably has better food. Sorry to say I don’t think I’ll be returning in a hurry.