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Amaya

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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious treat!!

I went there with my family, they have very less options on their menu but whatever the options are, all of them are super tasty. I almost tried 60% of the vegetarian menu :-) !!! Its worth going there again. Prices are economic too.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Aparajita J
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A friend and I decided to try out Amaya for Summerlicious as it was near our homes and we both were craving Butter Chicken. We arrived early for our reservation and were promptly seated. Appetizers arrived quickly and were very tasty. Service started lacking after the appetizers. The restaurant started to fill up and the waiters were more focused on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This restaurant has to be the finest Indian restaurant in the city. We had the Butter Chicken and tandoori chicken it was presented well and the taste was stunning. If you like Indian food this is the only place to eat

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I went there with my family, they have very less options on their menu but whatever the options are, all of them are super tasty. I almost tried 60% of the vegetarian menu :-) !!! Its worth going there again. Prices are economic too.

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Toronto, Canada
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Address: 1701 Bayview Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416.322.3270
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East York
Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
Cuisine: Indian

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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>  > East York
  • Neighborhood: East York
  • 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in East York

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East York
East York includes a portion of old, industrial Toronto. Densely populated but incredibly safe, it boasts some of the city's earliest gardens and gardening clubs, attracting green thumbs everywhere. The tranquility of the Don Valley River area, which is rich with Toronto's oldest and tallest forests, is supplemented by the large ensemble of authentic and refurbished Edwardian homes, giving parts of East York allure. The other draw is for foodies: lovers of Bangladeshi fare will find authentic restaurants and markets in the area, with raw spices and desserts. East York also represents a lot of Toronto's Serbian food culture, and recently, has had an outcropping of solid microbrewery stops. For families, the science center is a favored weekend stop.
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