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Silver Award

Indian fine-dining group Jamavar has seen astronomical success on the subcontinent, and now Londoners are getting a glimpse of what makes it “something special”. It also reminds diners just how good Indian cuisine can be in the right hands.

This is the group’s sixth site (the other five are all in India), so it’s no surprise that the Mayfair outlet is a well-oiled machine that “scores high on everything” – and that includes picking up a Michelin star. The mood is “lively” rather than subdued, while high-ceilinged interiors play to the colonial vibe – think dark-wood panels, lots of brass and eye-catching Tanjore paintings.

The kitchen hops merrily around India’s many regions, delivering a host of “divine” and “authentic” dishes along the way. We were particularly impressed by the crunchy, peppery soft-shell crab with sweet-sour damson chutney and pickled garlic, as well as a stunning melt-in-the-mouth hunk of spicy stone-bass tikka enlivened with green cardamom and avocado chutney. Readers also rave about the delightful goat kebabs with mint chutney and parathas.

For main, our jheenga moilee was a near-perfect rendition of this sweet, coconutty Goan prawn curry (and cleverly paired with a Daniel Chotard Sancerre Rosé), while silky smooth mango pulp atop a coconut and biscuit base with cherry compote provided a refined end to proceedings.  

Service is friendly and swift, but not quite as well-drilled as some of the nearby Michelin big boys, while a lengthy wine list pays most attention to Old World bins. A bespoke meat-free tasting menu makes this a great shout for vegetarians too, and the lunch offer is reckoned to be “excellent value for money”.

About Jamavar

Jamavar London is a Michelin Star Indian restaurant in Mayfair, which attracts new diners while holding onto a long list of regular customers thanks to its reliably robust flavours and inventive presentation. The restaurant is headed up by Dinesh Nair who runs hotels in India, and whose portfolio boasts five other restaurants.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Glamorous, Traditional
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Group dining [8+], Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

Special offers from Jamavar

Dine Local: 50% off food and soft drinks (up to £10 per person)

From: 31 August, 2020
To: 30 September, 2020
Max: 6
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme extension - Up to £10 off is now available until 30th September 2020, every Monday to Wednesday.
Availability: Mon-Wed 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-9:30PM

Location for Jamavar

8 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3NF

020 7499 1800

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-15:00
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:30
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 17:30-22:30
Sun 17:30-21:30

Reviews of Jamavar

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15 Reviews 
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Stuart H

06 August 2019  
Fine Indian dining with great choice and flavours. Lots for the vegetarian too.

Paula C

06 August 2019  
Sophisticated Indian dishes, intimate restaurant with personal service. Good value.

neha D

29 July 2019  
Authentic indian food, great for a smart date night.

Ajay C

26 July 2019  
Great food great service a bit expensive reasonable atmosphere.

Nirmal J

29 June 2019  
Warm greeting received as soon as we walked through the door. Great service and hospitality. The food was delicious, really well made. Ambience was nice and the decor very smart. We would definitely dine here again. We had the early bird dinner which was good value.

Damy P

28 June 2019  
Fine food and dining in perfect ambience.

ERUM S

03 August 2018  
Wonderful service, perfectly cooked dishes which are more authentic than other Indian restaurants, goat kebabs are a delight . Expensive but since i've been it is now Michelin starred so you really are paying for something special.

Piglet

27 June 2018  
Excellent value for money set lunch, elegant food presentation and superb flavours.

Alex G

Food great; service not so impressive
19 July 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 preparation and presentation. Similarly, there is an expectation that those bringing the dishes will share in the endeavour, highlighting the restaurant’s creations with pride and enthusiasm. Likewise, for any well-trained sommelier, half the fun of the job is composing an interesting and innovative wine list to pair with such dishes. Subsequently explaining the rationale for why each wine was chosen to go with a given dish only enhances the dining experience. Sadly, no-one at Jamavar seems to have explained these notions to the waiters. Each dish in our seven-course menu was almost dumped on the table with little more than an uttering such as ‘the chicken’ or ‘the aubergine.’ Furthermore, at no time was there any synchronisation between the food and the wine – we would always be left waiting for one when the other had already arrived. The wines, when they did come were, again, virtually plonked on the table, generally with an absolute absence of ceremony. This was a real pity, since what we ate and drank was superlative (the chef and the sommelier did their jobs properly), at least as good as Trishna, which probably remains the benchmark for first-rate Indian innovation in London. Omnivores and vegetarians can both delight in the offerings here. On my seven-course menu, there was only one slightly questionable dish (the lamb chops), with everything else – from soft shell crab at the beginning through to chilli chocolate fondant at the end receiving high praise. The wine selection too was great, with the French Burgundy and the 10-year Tawny Port being the highlights. At £115 including paired wines, the price is also competitive against other comparable offerings. Herein, I think, lies the problem: the food and drink are excellent, they are priced reasonably, and the restaurant is located in central Mayfair close to many of London’s top hotels. In other words, Jamavar does not have to worry about getting customers in through the door (indeed, the place was packed when we visited), and so it appears to have taken the somewhat disappointing view that it doesn’t need to put any excess of effort into the service. However, without some improvement, it will be hard to see the place getting a Michelin star; and, in the meantime, it won’t be an immediate priority for us to return.
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Harry F

23 June 2017  
Wonderful food and service. Quite formal compared to Rohits previous residency Gymkhana. Recommend the Laal Mas.

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