Amaya

The Michelin-starred Amaya is a must for Indian food fans

Where? Halkin Arcade, Knightsbridge, SW1X 8JT (020 7823 1166, www.realindianfood.com)

So is this Harrods’ local Indian? With a Michelin star, Amaya is much more than your average Indian. Tucked away on a Knightsbridge side street, this award-winning restaurant is beautifully presented with rosewood panels and open grill kitchens, creating a warm and vibrant atmosphere.

Why the grills? The three open grills that dominate the back of the restaurant each prepare a different style of Indian grilled food, which are tandoor (clay oven), sigri (charcoal grill) and tawa (griddle). With the food designed for sharing, choose from an array seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes each prepared across the three styles. This makes for a delicious selection across a range of tastes; we loved the scallops in herb sauce, and the succulent chicken tikka. The salad and vegetable added freshness to the meal, and were welcome additions to our selection.

The best Indian in London? When Amaya opened in 2004, it won rave reviews and has since won the title of best Indian in London from a number of critics. Though it is expensive, it is a lovely restaurant for a special occasion, and definitely one to try for any Indian food fans.

Need to know Amaya is from the hugely successful team behind Chutney Mary, Veerswamy, and the Masala Zone chain. For reviews on the other restaurants in the family, see our links below. (26 September 2007)

Click here for Marie Claire’s review of Masala Zone.

Click here for Marie Claire’s review of Chutney Mary.

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