Jamavar

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Jamavar

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”.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Indian
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Jamavar is a Michelin-starred fine dining Indian restaurant in Mayfair. Named after the ornate 16th-century shawls worn in Kashmir, the restaurant is headed up by executive chef and culinary director Surendar Mohan. Jamavar, like its sibling restaurants all over the globe, offers up a range of elegant Indian dishes to its clientele. Blended in with classics and new creations are family recipes from the Nair family, who founded the restaurant. As with many eateries of this ilk, there is a bounty of choice.

Diners at Jamavar may wish to start their meal with a signature cocktail. This would be a wise move in our opinion, as the options include the likes of an imperial old fashioned, made with Maker's Mark, Amaro Montenegro, salted honey and Mumbai bitters. For something a little lighter, there are mixes like the wild saviour, blending Elephant gin with cucumber, orange bitters and tonic. There is also a selection of Laurent Perrier, perfect for celebrations. 

The small plates at Jamavar serve as the perfect introduction to what is on offer. You might snack on a hand-dived, seared scallop with coconut sauce, ginger relish and plantain crisps, or a kid goat kebab with bone marrow sauce, mint chutney and chur chur paratha. 

Moving to the tandoor (a must at any Indian restaurant worth its salt), veggies can go for some grilled paneer with papaya salad, while seafood lovers might want to try the southern spiced prawns with peanut and curry leaf chutney. A choice of chicken or lamb might be offered to meat-eaters.

The amount of choice doesn't dwindle when it comes to main courses, as there are usually ten or 11 options. Highlights include 8-hour slow-cooked lamb shank with Rajasthani chilli, lobster neeruli with pearl onions and kal dosa or a Calicut sea bass curry. 


FAQs

Does it have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Does it offer private dining?

Yes, there are multiple private dining rooms for intimate events.

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Location

8 Mount Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 3NF

020 7499 1800 020 7499 1800

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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

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18 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

Erem L

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. London at its best! 

Anon

23 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Simply the best Indian Michelin starred restaurant in London. The food and service is consistently exemplary and all staff are professional and friendly. The stone bass tikka has to be one of the greatest dishes ever made!

Anon

30 May 2021  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Wonderful evening

Visited Jamavar again this evening. A great evening out, the staff are helpful and attentive and the food superb. Cannot wait to return. Well done all the staff, thank you Rich and Eil

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.
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