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“Elegant, great ambience, good food”
Review of Jamavar

Jamavar
Ranked #66 of 6,935 Restaurants in Chennai
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

We visited this restaurant, located at the lower level of the Leela Palace in Chennai, on a Sunday evening. A friend, who had heard about the Bengal food festival advertised in this signature restaurant of the Leela , was intrigued, and he invited us to join him. We had had bengali cuisine only a few times before, and knowing of their propensity to use mustard oil in their cooking, were a bit apprehensive. The chef did not disappoint, and there was only a hint of mustard oil in the dishes we had. Accompanied by some reasonable French wine (The option was Italian). We started off with the fried fish, fried Bhakti, apparently a traditional starter, and some fried pappads were served along with the drinks.The fish was fried well, boneless and tasty. We then opted for the Bhala masala aloo dum, a traditional Bengali baby potato dish, the Palang saag chorchori, fresh vegetables and spinach cooked with panchphoran(spices)and some Bengal style chicken, along with rumali rotis and tandoori rotisand some excellent mixed raitha( with ever so finely chopped onions ).All were prepared well, and complemented each other.The service was good, unobtrusive but attentive.For desert we could not resist sharing a mishti doi ( sweet yogurt) and some Gulab jamuns.
Every time we visit Jamavar there is a sense of subtle grandeur and excellence, and we felt it this time too. The Leela Palace hotel is lovely, and the staff hospitable and pleasant.While expensive, the value for money that the experience gives one makes it a perfect place to celebrate an occasion.

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Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

Food is delicious with a wide variety of veg & non veg dishes. It is a fine dining area Indian restaurant. It is very expensive compared to restaurants in India. Staff provided a very good hospitality. My only problem that they were not able to provide a sufficient description about the dishes which wasn’t helpful for me to choose the best dish. Of course,spicy in India is a totally different concept, so be cautious .

Thank Ahmad H
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Jamavar is a fine dining restaurant with a rarefied atmosphere as befitting The Leela serving Indian cuisine.

Situated one level lower than lobby you walk into luxury and a welcoming crew. The tables are spread well apart. The service isn’t intrusive one bit.

My meal was paneer tikka sunehri - cottage cheese coated with yoghurt as a starter, dal jamavar- black lentils left to simmer overnight on a tandoor or Indian clay oven and tandoori roti washed down with Kingfisher beer.

Oh and they serve a few varieties of deep fried papad complimentary.

Prepare to pay anywhere between ₹4,500 for a dinner as above with two Indian pints of beer - that’s ~$60 for two. But then hey it’s the Leela and it’s worth every paisa

Thank PrasadP414
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

I have been here couple of times for dinner. Wine prices feel like an extortion.
food is good and hotel is excellent in terms of Grandeur & location

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Thank Pavneet R
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Excellent food and service. Marvelous facility with perfect match of dekoration and light balance but you pay for it cause its quite expansive.

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