Phoenix Market City is one of the biggest malls in India and Asia. So all trips made here feel a bit special to me. There is always something new to explore and in the past few months a lot of new restaurants have become operational over here. The place is so large that it should probably have its own pin/zip code.
Amaya was quite easy to find as its close to the main entrance. This serves as a strategic advantage as Amaya is one of the many restaurants in the mall. It would face a tough competition though. How will it fare? Only time shall tell.
I was invited by Bellona Hospitality (is a subsidiary of the group that owns the Phoenix malls) along with some other Bloggers and Zomans as part of a tasting session. Our grub was part of a fixed taster's menu which included a large course of appetizers and a generous number of mains.
Captain : These Tikkis could be mistaken for Gold coins if I go by the taste.
Crewmate : Or Cheese Coins.
Captain : Well put. Here is a coin for your efforts.
Crewmate : Hey! Thats a worn copper coin from your pocket. Where is my Tikki?
Captain : I'd love my potato to be like this.
Crewmate : It feels very soft for Bharwan Aloo.
Captain : Is that bad? No worries lad, I shall have yours too then.
While the appetizers had their hits and misses, for me the highlight of the Amaya experience were their mains. The Gharana style cooking made the mains a pleasant experience rivaled only by the best of fine dines.
The best part was that the chicken chunks were all well done. The chicken was cut into some kind of cuboid pieces rather than random shapes elsewhere. There were no bones, burnt edges or taste anomalies in any part of the dish. The flavor had sunk in quite well into the meat. I would come to Amaya again just for the Butter chicken. Its definitely the best that I have had in Mumbai.
Captain : This is positively one of the best Butter Chicken dishes that I have ever had.
Crewmate : This is the best Better Chicken that I have ever had.
Captain : Better chicken? You mean Butter chicken. Is your tongue slipping on the cream?
Captain: I would like to meet the chef who made this Naan.
Crewmate : And compliment him?
Captain : No, recruit him in me crew.
The Chicken and Rice felt like two beautiful yet unhappy partners forced to be together. The flavors had not been married together. I supposed this too was a teething problem since everything else seemed perfect about this dish.
Captain : This is the Indian peppermint.
Crewmate(chuckles) : Or peppermint is the western Paan.
Captain : Trying to be clever, are ya lad?
The service was satisfactory. The servers were polite but they often lacked information on dishes. So a bit of polishing up on the service would be nice.
The pricing is higher than the average casual dining place but lesser than places like Zaffran. For the quality that was served to us, I felt that the prices were well justified.
To round this up, I shall just say one thing - If this place was close to my home, I would regularly come here for the Murgh Makhani and Amaya Special Naan. Amaya is a new restaurant which has got most of its notes in the right place. The food (especially the mains) is fantastic.
And, I will add a special note here - the food was surprisingly light. I often feel heavy after my North Indian food outings but I felt no such thing here. Some of the grub appeared oily but yet did not feel oily nor heavy.
The Captain's Score : 9/10
"It feels sad to depart lads but onward we must go. Its a long way back to the ship and a longer voyage out on the sea."
Amaya Indian Grill & Kitchen
Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity,
Kurla West, Mumbai
Phone : 022 60508084
-I was invited to wine and dine at the establishment as part of a connoisseur meet. -