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.