Lunch at Jamavar London

My blog is slowly evolving into a food diary - thanks to a foodie husband ! Few weeks back we decided to go to Jamavar, a high end Indian restaurant by Leela Group.
Located in Mount Street, Mayfair Jamavar's interior style features mirrored walls, brass lanterns and screams old school bollywood elegance.

We went there for their Set Menu for lunch but ended up having both Set Menu and 7 course tasting menu :D
First off we ordered Rose and Rhubarb Lassi and Thandai from their non-alcoholic menu. They were quite refreshing as it was a surprisingly warm spring day in London. Thandai could have been better as it was too sweet for our liking !

When our lovely waiter asked we would want to have some papads, we were more than happy to
(supposed that they were included but was surprised to see it in the bill - However no complaints as chutneys were as delicious as it could get). Plus they also had banana fries which seem to be taking over appetiser scene in London restos recently !

Our three hour food rampage started with Kasundi Paneer with Mint and Raw Papaya Chutney. Its difficult to find well flavoured Paneer in London restaurants. This one though, just melted in our mouths. 

Then came best dish of that noon, Pan Seared Achari Pork with quail's egg and pickled garlic. Just writing about it makes me wanna go there and order 2-3 servings, sigh ! Pork was definitely kept marinated for long and slow cooked. Apparently this dish is not part of their main menu and its there only on the lunch and early dinner menu. I will say go for Set menu, just for this yummyness - Period.

Pepper & Garlic Soft Shell Crab - a tad bit greasy but good ;) 

Tulsi Chicken Tikka and Adraki Lamb Chops. Two more melt in our mouth goodness ! Chicken tikka was soft and delicious with coriander and mint flavours popping through.

Lobster Idli Sambhar - Sambhar was the star of this dish as all the veggies were pureed and it was a different take on this famous traditional South Indian dish. Idlis were too teeny tiny - ah, size of a coin literally. Lobster quantity was also very less. If they are promoting this as one of their stellar dishes, they have to make it more balanced in terms of quantity and presentation- bit disappointed !

But the next dish made us forget all about that Loberster Idli !
Seductive Malai Stone Bass Tikka - This dish is definitely gonna be there in Time Out's Top dishes' list. Beautifully tender fish with lovely charcoal infused flavour. I will go back just for this Stone Bass Tikka and Achari Pork !

Boy, this was our mains as part of our set menu ! Phew we really had to break a sweat to finish this and a long 4 hour walk after this to sweat it off ! :) 
We had their beef Uthappam , which was essentially Kerala beef fry as masala for a nice crispy paper roast. Beef was spicy and tender served with rice and Bombay Aloo ! Other dish was Prawns Mappas with Roti and Daal. As you can see, it was a LOT !

Portrait of Beef Uthappam :) 

How can we not make space for this yummy gooey Chocolate Fondant served with Cinnamon Kulfi. We didn't speak at all till the plate was licked squeaky that should explain how good it was !

Just when we were discussing about burning off all the calories we had, they brought these complimentary almond cookies and white chocolate truffles ! 

Food at Jamavar was well flavoured but it wasn't spicy as such- so if you want to have Spicy food this is not the place. But if you are looking for that authentic flavour, you will love this place and will be making plans for next visit- just like us ! Service was superb and this is definitely among our top 3 Indian restaurants in London.

Thanks for reading xx


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