Had an ok dinner at Amaya the other night. All in all, characterised by very professional and attentive service and "meh" food. The word of this review is "disappointment".
Started with the samosas and the pakora trio. Samosas were good, light flaky pastry and pleasant but underspiced filling (IMO). Pakora trio was drizzled in two different sauces. One was a coriander base, and the other was sweet...can't remember what it was called. I was disappointed that the sauce wasn't on the side, as in other Indian restaurants I have been to...that way I could have added more sauce to my taste, but that's just me.
Mains: We ordered the delicious sounding pepper duck (described as sliced duck breast cooked to medium) and the lamb shank. The lamb shank was sublime...fall off the bone, fork tender and braised to perfection in a curried sauce. Duck was an absolute disappointment, with tough, well-past well done duck breast and a candied, unpleasant sauce. Rice was good, as was the garlic naan, although not as authentic as I've had in the past.
Chai tea was, guess what, a disappointment, with the cup only half full. I actually did the double blink...what harm would it be to top up a cup. And no, they weren't leaving room for milk.
All in all, I wouldn't return. Shame. I really wanted to like this place...
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