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India’s Leela Group twice tried to make a success of this Mayfair site with Le Chabanais and the equally short-lived 8 Mount Street, before striking it lucky: their canny decision to import the group’s flagship restaurant Jamavar and draft in head chef Rohit Ghai from Michelin-starred Gymkhana is already paying huge dividends. A tasting menu (£60) is available, but ask the friendly staff for their favourite dishes and it’s easy to assemble your own bespoke feast: samosas containing beautifully spiced minced venison in never-bettered pastry or delicate scallops on a crunchy mound of puffed rice might be followed by lamb chops and wild tiger prawns, tender, sweet and smoky from the tandoor. Beyond that, there are curries and biryanis (correctly sealed with a pastry lid), although we followed our waiter's advice with the simple pleasures of deeply flavoured dhal and excellent bread, plus some perky cumin-spiced cauliflower and okra with tomatoes and onion. Food prepared to such a high standard from top-notch ingredients doesn’t come cheap and the small sharing plates aren’t exactly generous, but the set lunch (£25 for three savoury courses) is currently a Mayfair bargain. Smart and comfortable without seeming obtrusive, Jamavar is a destination that can confidently allow the food to do the talking. What was a downstairs bar is now a second dining room – much needed, judging by the packed house on our recent visit. 

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Jamavar

8 Mount Street ,London W1K 3NF

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Food great; service not so impressive

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Jul 2017

Visit-one to Jamavar in March for a work lunch filled me with the belief that this could be among the best Indian restaurants in London. A second visit, on a recent Saturday night sampling the full tasting menu reinforced the notion that Jamavar has a lot of potential; but, our experience was let down by the service. It wasn’t actively bad, more characterised by utter indifference. Fine dining should be about theatre and experience; one expects chefs to be pushing the boundaries both in terms of...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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8 Mount Street ,London W1K 3NF

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My idea of heaven

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Apr 2017

Editor's pick We started our lunch at Jamavar with a glass of champagne for me and a V&T for the hubby while we read the menu at our table (there is no bar), as we had a rare, midweek day off work, so we decided that a long lunch was the order of the day and I and I have been singing its’ praises ever since (the food that is, not the day off work). Their lunch menu is terrific value for money, particularly given the Mayfair address, 2 courses for £20, 3 courses for £25 and 4 courses for £30....

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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8 Mount Street ,London W1K 3NF

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Among the best Indian experience in London

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Mar 2017

After my somewhat disappointing recent visit to Vineet Bhatia, it was a decided relief to eat at Jamavar. It reminded me once again just how good Indian cooking can be, when in the right hands. The pedigree of head chef Rohit Ghai says it all – having previously worked at Gymkhana, Trishna and Benares, he clearly knows what he is doing. Moreover, Jamavar is being bankrolled by the Leela Group, owner of many luxury destinations in India, and so has strong support. Befitting to its Mayfair location,...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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8 Mount Street ,London W1K 3NF

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Excellent Lunch Menu

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Jan 2017

Editor's pick I have only he had the lunch menu to date, but if it is a faithful showcase of capability I will be back very soon. The staff were on point - helpful without hovering. The dishes were richly flavoured, but still retained a balanced fragrance of the spices rather than a raw blast. The achari pork starter was particularly good, along with the butter chicken. The palak paneer was also delicious, although I would have liked a little more paneer.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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The fully-private dining room, nestled at the end of the main dining room on the ground floor, can accommodate up to eight guests for a seven-course tasting menu. It comes with its own wine vitrine and views of a beautiful private garden. The charming space is a tribute to the rich heritage of natural indigo dyes of India, and its royal blue hues add luxurious warmth to the setting. Semi private room: the area at the lower ground floor The lower ground floor seats up to 38 guests and can also be used as a semi-private dining area. A private mirror-embellished bar, designed to showcase Indian textile techniques, is dedicated to this area for semi-exclusive use.

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