The place used to be called Torch and it had grand ambitions when it took over the space that used to be the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum. It was to be destination eatery - the Taj Mahal of OC Indian restaurants - with theming and pyrotechnics that would parallel the spiciness of the food. But Torch fizzled, and now Amaya is what's been recovered from its ashes. Amaya is a good, decent Indian restaurant even if the ambitious menu of burgers, Chinese, Thai and Indian dishes seems overly complicated for the handful of people that barely fill up more than three of the more than two dozen tables on most nights. The Hyderabad fish fritters are excellent, as is the lentil soup served in a crockpot usually reserved for French onion.
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