I went to Amaya on the last day of a Groupon; so the place was packed with procrastinating bargain-hunters like me, mostly young couples from the neighbourhood. I was dining solo, which I find is always a good test of the quality of service. The staff didn't listen when I told them I was alone for the evening, as they provided two menus, two glasses of water, etc. Not a great start.
I order a starter of lobster in a mild curry sauce ($12), a martini glass full of mostly lobster knuckle and claw (very little tail) in a pleasant red sauce. Good portion size - could easily be shared. Lobster was suitably tender. Most of the "small plates" were in the $8-10 range.
For my entree, I ordered the Muskoka duck in a raspberry sauce ($19). The duck was cooked perfectly, but the dish has no connection to Indian cuisine whatsoever. The menu lists roasted coconut as an ingredient, but it is undetectable. The sauce is pleasant, a little sweet, but ultimately the dish is "one note." I ordered a side of beetroot rice ($5), expecting the rice to be a brilliant red colour from being cooked in beet juice. Instead I got a standard bowl of basmati rice with a brunoise of beets mixed in and a few curry leaves as garnish. If I were not celiac, I certainly would opt instead for the mixed naan plate that my neighbours ordered: a huge assortment of different-flavoured breads.
As a beverage, I had the mango-fennel lassi ($4). I couldn't detect any fennel in it. And as lassis go, this one appeared to have "split" and looked quite unappetizing. A big miss.
Service was spotty. No one checked in on me after any of the courses, and it took a while to get dishes cleared and to get the cheque. But at least the dishes came hot and on time.
The bill came to $40 before tax and tip. The dessert menu did not look very authentic; so I crossed the street and had some excellent sorbetto at Hollywood Gelato, which was the highlight of the evening.
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