Jamavar claims to offer “the unique flavours and secret recipes from different parts of India.” Certainly the menu features some unusual dishes. We started with Lobster Idli Sambhar, Malabaar Prawns and Beef Uppu Uthappam. These were all tasty (particularly the prawns), but the portions were small; these were more like expensive canapes than starters.
For mains we had Old Delhi Butter Chicken and Laal Maas. The former was a pleasant variant on Chicken Tikka Massala, but it was absolutely saturated with sugar (that old trick again). The Laal Maas was a slow-cooked lamb shank, which was good. My appetite did extend to the Trio of Kulfi, again pleasant but limited in size.
Of course you’d expect a restaurant in this part of Mayfair to be expensive, and it certainly achieves that. The wine menu features bottles up to £3,000 so you can really go to town if you want to.
The service was friendly but a bit hit-or-miss. Our initial drinks order was forgotten and at the end they brought us someone else’s bill.
So Jamavar is OK, but nothing special and not really worth the ££££.