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1701 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (South of Eglinton Avenue)
416.322.3270
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Joanne Kates (The Globe and Mail Restaurant Critic) writes…”Amaya, which...
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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  • 34
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious curry with contemporary seasoning

A friend and I went for lunch as a part of Winterlicious, This is a festival meant to introduce people to restaurants in the "off season" for restaurants, when it is too cold for potential customers to leave their homes without enticement. Special menus are offered at reasonable prices. It was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
TorontoJanet_K
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Romantic
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A friend surprised me with a birthday dinner at the Amaya Indian Restaurant. I had not been there before and was pleased with the ambiance, service and the food. As we were both unsure of what to order, the waiter suggested the "Chef's Menu with wine pairing". This turned out to be a terrific suggestion. Each dish was presented with... More 

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Toronto
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

After a long time, I tried the food at the Amaya Express at First Canadian Place Foodcourt in Toronto. LOUSY!!! The Red Tikka Chicken was so horrible I actually threw it out. Do not go and eat there. I used to love Amaya but the quality has gone down drastically and there must be better options in Toronto. Truly disspointed... More 

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Toronto
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177 reviews 177 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

With a re-designed menu, this restaurant improves its Indian authenticity with some very interesting additions. As one of our local 'hang-outs' we are pleased to see the chef continue to test new ideas and initiatives while still retaining some favorites. Service is paced but attentive. Wine selection is limited but not over-priced.

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Toronto
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89 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

A very interesting menu, not at all traditional for Indian food. Well presented, with a very solid service credo. The portions are quite large. Menu items such as butter chicken (not very standard) and lamb lollypops are favourites. Wine selection limited. Remember that spicy foods increase beer consumption!

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

A friend and I went for lunch as a part of Winterlicious, This is a festival meant to introduce people to restaurants in the "off season" for restaurants, when it is too cold for potential customers to leave their homes without enticement. Special menus are offered at reasonable prices. It was 19.00 plus tax and tip. I added a glass... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

We bought a coupon on line and visited there as a family. It is not a place to go with kids:(. The waiter gave us only their wine menu when we sat down (no other cheaper drink options given) their small glass of wine starts from $10! Their price is all at least 30% more than average Indian restaurants. The... More 

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West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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161 reviews 161 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This Indian restaurant appears to have moved to Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Lawrence. The food was excellent, though a bit expensive and the service was very, very slow. It was disappointing to find a very limited beer selection - certainly no ale on tap.

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Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I had a pleasure to spend a recent Saturday night with friends at Amaya on Bayview. The place is nice and modern, feels friendly and very conducive to a good conversation. But the food was amazing. Six people shared 3 appetizers: samosas, shrimp and lamb lollipops (main dish that we picked as an appetizer). "Lollipops' were outstanding. A very tender,... More 

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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Decided to chance eating at this place and was glad I did. Small, not fancy, looks like it's great for take out. My friend and I had the dinner for two (nan x 2, 2 veggie dishes, 1 appetizer) and it was very delicious. Staff was friendly and the food came quickly. One of the dishes was made with jackfruit,... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Walk in the door to be greeted promptly by Amir , who I was told was the owner . Very welcoming , was a bit irked we had to wait for about 10 minutes for our reserved table when there was an open 2 top by the window , we asked for it and was told it was reserved for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1701 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    (South of Eglinton Avenue)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto
  • Phone Number: 416.322.3270

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

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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