#93 Amaya Indian Room

Amaya Indian Room

My heart sank when Amaya jumped on the Groupon bandwagon; the service declined thanks to over-selling, and attention to detail suffered. One wonders whether the bottom line is getting too important, what with the 11 Amaya outlets. But we still love the chaat app — a crisp mountain of sweet/sour excitement — wheat crisps and crispy puffed rice with sprouted beans in tamarind, coriander, mint and pomegranate sauce. But not as crisp as it was a pre-expansion. They do huge, barely cooked tiger prawns in marvellous coconut curry, but the ratio of fat to flavour isn’t as perfect as it once was. Tandoori duck breast, where the French and the Indian chef meet, is not as tender as it was in yesteryear, though the spicy sauce is still charmingly orange-scented.

  • Amaya Indian Room
  • 1701 Bayview Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-322-3270
  • www.amayarestaurant.com

  • Chef: Hemant Bhagwani
  • Sous Chef: Kamleshwar Prasad
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Cost of dinner for two: $75
  • Hours: Mon. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 60
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $25 or less
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Can rent out restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking, Green P across street
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