8 Mount Street, London, W1K 3NF
Now launching their 6th restaurant, and first outside the majestic sub-continent. Their London establishment is viewed as their culinary jewel and it does not disappoint. Stunning interiors, impeccable service and food that is of the highest order. Jamavar was first conceived in the late nineties by Dinesh Nair, co-chairman and managing director of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. Responding to a close friend’s lament, that diners could not get a fine north Indian dining experience when living in the South, Nair decided to give his friends the real deal. He brought master chefs from New Delhi, the capital city, to oversee the North Indian cuisine, and from Chennai, located on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, to look after the South Indian menu. Secret recipes of his mother Leela, after whom the luxury hospitality chain is named, were included in the menu.
We had the 7 course tasting menu which takes you on a culinary journey – from soft shell crab with a damson chutney, lobster with a stunning aubergine samhar paste, bass tikka, wild tiger prawns, lamb chops, butter chicken and dessert chocolate fondant. Each dish spiced very well, with great balance and presentation. The bass tikka dish in particular was one that we will remember for the perfection of how it was cooked, but also for the green cardamom and avocado chutney – worth going back for that alone.
The décor is traditional Indian glamour, creating a warm glowing feel – the restaurant was packed and buzzing and well on its way to being a great success. At £60 per person for a 7 course tasting menu on Mount Street, we feel that represents good value for a real taste of Indian fine dining.
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Reviewed by Anthony Laser