Tel: 44 207 823 1166
Concierge.com's insider take:
Innovative, high-end Indian restaurants abound in London, but not all cook food worth trying. Amaya, however, does, serving contemporary versions of Indian street food and smarter dishes in chic surroundings. From the owners of Chutney Mary (535 Kings Rd., Chelsea, SW10; 44-207-351-3113; www.chutneymary.com) and Veeraswamy; (Victory House, Mezzanine, 99 Regent St., Piccadilly, W1; 44-207-734-1401; www.veeraswamy.com), Amaya is already a glamorous fixture, with a candlelit bar, rosewood furniture, and a rear dining room with an atrium roof. The customers are glamorous, too: The roll call is headed by Gwyneth Paltrow, Hugh Grant, Madonna, and Mick Jagger. Through a gap in one wall, you can also spot the brigade toiling at the sigri charcoal grill, tandoori ovens, and various skillets. Dishes to go for are king scallops served in the shell with an herb sauce, spiced grilled aubergine, anything tandoori, and crisp, light naan.