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So the much anticipated Amaya Express opened its doors earlier this week.

We ordered take-out tonight for dinner, and were keen to see how the much talked about Amaya cuisine compared to some of our other Indian delivery options around here.  We had never had Amaya's food before.

We ordered the Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken, Vegetable Samosas, Jasmine Rice, and 2 plain naans.

The total was around $42 including tax, and we picked up so not sure about any delivery charges that would apply.

The Chicken Tikka, in my opinion, was sparse for $12.  It was 5 pieces of chicken and a small cucumber salad garnish.  The flavours and seasonings were very good...spicy, but not overpowering.

The Butter Chicken was a better portion size, and also had very good flavours and seasonings.  The sauce was addictive, and we were glad we had enough rice and naan to justify eating it all.

The Samosas were pretty good, and standard, as were the rice and naans. 

When I picked up our order, the staff were having trouble figuring out how to use their new machine to process my debit card so I ended up paying with Visa.  They also sent me out the door with someone else's order, and seemed to be having a bit of opening week jitters working out how to keep orders and tickets straight.

Our usual Indian delivery joint until now has been Real Taste of India.  Overall, I found the flavours and spices of Amaya's food were a little more balanced and tasty than Real Taste of India, but for $40-45 at Real Taste of India we get an additional main dish, and the overall portion sizes are bigger.  We can easily get two full meals for two people out of a Real Taste of India order...and that wasn't the case with our food from Amaya tonight.

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Just had my first Amaya Express experience tonight - why did I wait so long!! It was absolutely amazing, and I found the pricing to be quite reasonable given the quality and taste. We had a ton of food for 4 people. I'm already looking forward to some left overs tomorrow!

ceedee123: Not sure how to approach this, so I will be direct.  Are you a fan of Indian?  I don't know what your experience with Indian is, so I want to ask.  Maybe it's changed.  I tried them when they opened and I'm not really a fan.  I don't know if they have changed.  Little India has so much to offer.  I am wary of chains.  I find Indian restaurants are completely unpredictable.  Some are well designed, some are holes.  Some have brilliant food, some absolutely horrible.  The decor rarely predicts the food, so I always try what I can.  

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