Amaya the Indian room
Amaya the Indian room

Amaya the Indian room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.amayarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4163223270
  • Hours of Operation:
    Evenings from 5PM, Seven Nights a Week.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Hemant Bhagwani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Amaya caters functions of all sizes and budgets.
  • Private Party Facilities: Amaya is available for corporate and private events. The restaurant can seat up to 48 guests or be used as a reception space accommodating up to 75 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Noni Verma 4163223270

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South of Eglinton Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available on Bayview Avenue. Free parking can be found on the residential streets that surround the restaurant.
A word from Amaya the Indian room
Joanne Kates (The Globe and Mail Restaurant Critic) writes…”Amaya, which opened recently in the (renovated) premises of the former Jov, is heaven-sent. The combination of silken service and excellent ingredients freshly cooked, with sensitive spicing, is seductive in the way that only the food of the subcontinent can be - rich, assertive, complex, exotic.” Just as the food avoids clichés, so does the setting. The 40-seat dining room is accented with subtle hints of India through stunning photography creating an inviting atmosphere that is casual and friendly yet elegant and sophisticated.
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Amaya the Indian room reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)neighborhood gem (42)special occasion (30)good for groups (18)romantic (15)great for lunch (12)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Great Restaurant and Food!!!!!
    Love2eatitalianfood
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    As usual, absolutely wonderful food and great service - I can't get enough of it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Lmnop
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Very unique take on Indian cuisine. A great place to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special treat
    2foodies
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We used to live a 30 second walk to Amaya, so it was obviously our go-to restaurant. We have since moved and still make the trip back to the old neighborhood restaurant. It's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but...
    DineOnTime
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    ...Reservations don't seem to count for much. I've always had a great dining experience at Amaya but, on this particular visit I was a bit offended by the fact that we had a reservation for a specific time for a table for 2 and was made to wait at the bar (without service) while a perfectly prepared table for 2 sat idly by. When I inquired about the table I spotted on arrival, I was told that is was already reserved for a later time...30 minutes later than my reservation!! This made absolutely no sense to me and certainly affected my overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stained menu needed polish
    MsBizWiz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Beautiful resto just didn't warrant a stained menu. A stained menu didn't do the good food justice. Details count.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Indian at Amaya
    TrixiLaRue
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Not your typical Indian Restaurant - more upscale décor and more importantly, the food. Absolutely delicious. Went with the chef's tasting menu - everything was excellent....notables were the lasooni cauliflower and the lamb lollipops - must haves! Service was good, attentive but not obtrusive. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Indian Cuisine
    zigbi
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food overall very tasty with a pleasant zing, but not overpowering spiciness. Lamb chops (lollipops) absolutely delicious. The service is friendly, accommodating and prompt. The wine list is adequate. Prices are reasonable to a little high for Indian, but very much worth the extra few dollars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amaya Indian Room.. what a change!
    honestappraisal
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have been going to Amaya Indian Room since it opened. It used to have a very cozy upscale appearance, but I found that the recent renovation (removing bar from the front) makes it look less beautiful and less upscale. Also, the food has changed. The appetizers were unexceptional and accompanied by what seemed jarred sauces. Altogether too sweet. The fresh flavors, spices and herbs previously used are now substituted with generic and uninteresting tomato sauces. Presentation also, is like a splash from a buffet table. A big disappointment! Won't be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • special occasion
    Thumper
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went for my wifes bday. We had the tasting menu which was an adventure for the tastebuds. Outstanding service. Favorite dish was the cauliflower starter and the lamb chop lollipop with fenugreek sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • afamily
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was good. Service was also very good. They noted my food allergies on my Opentable reservation and were very accommodating and offered alternatives.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    AD421VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Lamb chops -OMG and the service is excellent. Wiuld happily recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been many times and always enjoy and the food choices constantly change so new dishes to try. Especially like the tasting menus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always pleased
    Qualityconscious
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been several times for dinner and have always been pleased. The butter chicken is a fail-safe winner but other items like asparagus and the roast cod are excellent too. The ambience is elegant, peaceful and quiet so despite being family friendly would do well for a romantic or business meal as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amaya
    RCT953
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our second visit to Amaya in the past six weeks, this time taking a friend from out of town with us, and we again chose to go with the Chef's 6 Course Tasting Menu. The food is excellent and plentiful and the service was top notch. It was packed this night, with a line up to get in after about 8:00pm so the noise level from several of the tables was a little on the high side, but it did not interfere with our enjoyment of our meal. Recommend Amaya greatly if you enjoy Indian cuisine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Melody
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Fabulous, creative, well presented food....really good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • itsme
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This is the second time we had dinner at Amaya. Food was great again. Service was also very good. Had Butter Chicken leftovers for dinner the next night . :-) Still tastes great warmed up. Next time I'll be more adventurous. Try a Kingfisher beer- goes down great with dinner.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Superb food (we had the taster selection), great variety, excellent service and ambiance. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great curry
    Curry4u
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My friend and I and our 2 daughters enjoyed the food at Amaya - the girls had 2 different chicken curries and we had a tasting menu choosing 4 dishes - we loved the cauliflower starter and the savoury poori and their naan breads. We enjoyed all their dishes and particularly lamb chops, dal and their version of mango chutney. Plenty food to share. We would love to go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dining choice
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Amaya-The Indian Room on Bayview Ave, Toronto said they would NOT honoured any Groupon voucher booking via Open Table and they sent me a cancellation email themselves the next morning. I told them this was not the case in my experience between Groupon voucher and Open Table reservation. The staff reversed the situation and gave me the Open Table 100 points back to my account re the confirmation of this Open Table feedback. In my opinion, this misunderstanding should never taken place at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summerlicious
    LiciousFan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Amaya's never disappoints, whether for lunch or dinner! The food is always very good, with each dish having very distinct/individual flavours - love the surprise bursts of flavours as one bites into fragrant seeds/spices. The Kale & Paneer Salad & the Halibut were exceptional!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Evening Dinner
    Shelley49
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went there for dinner with our two teenage girls. We were celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary. All four of us ordered from their Summerlicious menu. We chose to try different appetizers and three different dinner entrees. The food was delicious. The flavours were refined, and very tasty and there was very little/no fat (which we have found in other Indian restaurants). The wait staff were attentive and pleasant. They didn't rush the dinner either which enabled us to really enjoy the evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    2dineor2cook
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went here for an early dinner (5PM). The restaurant quickly filled up. The ambience set the mood for a warm conversation. Service was outstanding which is usually a bonus for us. Our server was attentive, gentle and professional. Food was good, I wish we could have chosen the level of heat for our mains- they were a little on the sweet side for me but the lamb curry was definitely really good. (Our mains: Lamb shank korma and Halibut coconut curry). We were presented with a small app by the chef (so was everyone in the room), which was nice and welcoming. Drinks were amazing (Mango lassi, Nimbu pani) Price seemed fair. There is lots to try so we will likely return.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • No Complaints!
    Smac
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We did not have the best table, but the food definitely made up for it! Everything we tried on the summerlicious menu was amazing! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Impecable service, and great food
    Stickmomchauffeur
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We came to Amaya and chose it from Summerlicious. I had mentioned to a couple of friends I was going there and all of them said in advance - you will love it, and they were right. All of the wait staff, were sincerely dedicated to help us out whether it was recommending wine or helping us choose the right items so that we felt we could share and get some variety at the same time. Everything was wonderful. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love this place!!
    salachan
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and excellent service! Never disappointed with the dishes I try. Waiters are very helpful in explaining their dishes and are always around when you need something. My girlfriends and I love Indian food, this is one of our top picks when we're feeling hungry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first time to Amaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our first time to Amaya and we loved the food and its presentation. The location and atmosphere are certainly not high end but the food was very, very good. We will be returning. If you like Indian food and want something significantly better than your local curry restaurant, then try Amaya.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bridget's Review
    Irishfoodiereview1
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I was very pleased with my experience at this restaurant. I am a big fan of Indian food and this place did not disappoint. The food was amazing,full of flavor and served beautifully. The service was outstanding and the place was really pretty and peaceful. I would have no problem recommending this place to any of my friend's and i will most certainly be returning myself.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • A foodie's delight
    Infinity
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had the chickpea chaat (magnificent!) and chicken tikka (superb - not overcooked like most restaurants), followed by butter chicken & lamb curry (both perfectly prepared, the lamb having been simmered long enough to be completely tender, both sauces superb). For those unfamiliar with the Amaya restaurants, they do not put a lot of heat in their dishes, which makes the delicate spicing they employ really stand out. The dessert of gulab jamun was delicate and not heavy/lumpen, and the syrup delicately spiced. Friendly waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amaya does it Samhain
    Rebecca
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    As a party of six we had a great selection of good. The curry prawns were wonderful just order two dishes to sample the prawns. Great tasting cauliflower and eggplant . Wonderful sauces great dinner .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A Summerlicious $35 dinner comprised a big appetizer, a very large, very good main, and a good dessert. Our favourite Indian rest did not disappoint.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Summerlicious meal was excellent. I will come back to Amaya the Indian room soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amaya review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I found that the portion sizes of the appetizers and desserts in the prix fix (summerlicious) were a quite stingy. The dessert I chose was just one plain old honey ball. The sauces for the chicken and lamb were very mild and not what I would expect in an Indian restaurant.
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  • Consistently Good
    KphjrVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    One of our favourites in the City for Indian fare. Chef(s) take traditional Indian recipes and change to be unique to all. Food is spiced according preference. This time we were here for Summerlicious and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1033 reviews are from the Amaya the Indian room reviews archive.
  • Another fine meal
    Ontariofoodie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Amaya sets the standard for Indian cuisine in Toronto. Food is great, service is great which leads to a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW what a great experience.
    Greatfood
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were greeted and seated promptly. This was my first visit and we asked our server. What was good and he recommended the 4 or 6 course chefs choice sampling. We went with the 6 course which include appetizers and entrees. What a great and enjoyable delicious food experience. Haven't stopped talking about it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Indian Meal
    taichibakoko
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Consistently interesting and good value Amaya's "fancier" restaurant serves up good variations on the normal Indian fare one finds elsewhere. 1 observation - tables could be large to accommodate all the dishes used in a full meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Beautiful ambience, great food, excellent service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love how Amaya keeps changing the menu, to keep with the seasons and occasions. There is simply no place like it. Our server (forgot his name) had two other noisy groups (ours admittedly was), but he remained cheerful and friendly, and got all the orders right. Service was prompt. Food superlative!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and ambience
    Jude
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had dinner at Amaya the Indian Room the other night and couldn't be happier that we chose it. Everything was great - the service was very attentive, the food was outstanding, and the room itself is beautifully decorated and comfortable. Our guests from Vancouver were very impressed, as well. We would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Indian food and would like a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to restaurant
    Ontariofoodie
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Nothing beats Amaya for good fresh food! We drive into Toronto for this and we are an hour away!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.