Wednesday, July 05, 2006

amaya, knightsbridge

amaya is a very upsacle contemporary indian restaurant in knightsbridge. it is most well known for its tapas style small plates of vegetables and meats. they do a very good paneer which literally melts in your mouth and is delicately flavoured. the mushroom kabab is also delicious and completely vegetarian.

i've been to amaya twice and thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere both times. but i was really annoyed the last time i went there because i was ticked off by the waiter for taking pictures of the food. i've eaten in so many restaurants in so many countries but never once have i been forbidden from taking photos. what is up with that?!!

one reviewer on "london-eating" talked about how paranoid amaya was in disclosing descriptions of the food they served. they do not provide an online menu, fax you one or even read out the menu on the phone! i'm not really sure what all the secrecy is about.

i'd much rather spend my time and money at chutney mary or veeraswamy.

ps - i guess i should be thankful that they did not confiscate my camera!


Blogger gs said...

the paneer and mushroom kebabs look great. ideal for monsoonish weather like in mumbai now.some restaurants are paranoid and do not permit and large they are the exceptions.

2:30 am  
Blogger Lotus Reads said...

Glad you could take a picture for us, Lulu! I have to say the food looks so delectable. I will be spending a couple of days in London around the middle of July but since I'm enroute to India I thought perhaps I should try some of London's other international restaurants.

Which reminds me, do you know of any Indonesian restaurants in the Hyde Park area? I seem to have a craving for Indonesian food! Thanks muchly :)

2:51 am  
Blogger beth said...

All that effort is put into a pleasing presentation, and then they don't want anyone to see it? Odd!

7:21 am  
Blogger Sumitha said...

The food looks delicious,Its a pity they didnt allow you to take pictures:( Thanks for sharing these few pics Lulu!

9:29 am  
Blogger Nee said...

That IS really weird - what's next, blindfolding patrons so that they can't even recall the presentation from memory? ;-)

11:10 am  
Blogger 32andcounting said...

For Indonesian try Bali Bali on Shaftsbury Avenue

9:42 pm  
Blogger lulu said...

sounds like i'm not alone in finding it odd that amaya did not allow me to take photos. i too am glad that i was able to share a few with you all because i do think they do a good job. like sumitha says, such a pity i couldn't take more.

nee, i was cracking up with your comment.

and futureguru, thanks for recommending an indonesian restaurant for lotus reads. have fun in india, lotus! in case your mood changes and you feel like some live jazz - try pizza express at hyde park corner. the pizzas are great and the music is wesome..

10:15 pm  
Blogger Lotus Reads said...

Thanks for the awesome suggestions, Lulu and futureguru. I checked out "Bali Bali", it is ideal! I have two nights in London, so I just might end up trying the Pizza place as well!

Thanks again.

1:44 am  
Blogger Mimi said... brought the food...its your property...u have a right to flaunt it ;*)

2:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very odd that they're turning down what is essentially free advertising. It is a great shame they were rude to you too.

I've been looking for top quality Indian restaurants like this with good vegetarian food for my Dad. Thanks for the recommendation - I'll make sure I don't take my camera! It is good to find other London bloggers to share ideas with.

If you like Chutney Mary you should try out Memsaab at Imperial Wharf in Chelsea. It is an undiscovered gem at the moment but the food there is the best I've had in an Indian restaurant so far.

5:04 pm  

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