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The late Captain CP Krishnan Nair used to say that when he opened the first Leela hotel he was sure that the guests would come -- if not for anything else -- because of the excellence of his wife, Leela's (after whom he named the chain) South Indian cuisine. Though this elegant pan-Indian restaurant serves lots of North Indian food, its primary claim to fame rests on the recipes that Mrs Leela Nair taught the cooks. It is entirely authentic Malayali food, cooked to the highest standards.
It’s often in life we come across the need for opulence or, one can say, the right kind of backdrop. It may be to impress an important client or simply take your family out for a special meal. Opulence is never wasted. And luckily for us Mumbai is filled with such places. There is no lack of beautiful luxurious hotels in Mumbai that provides exactly what you’re looking for, which is grand over-the-top décor. One place especially is renowned for it and takes pride in its spectacular eye-catching splendour. ‘Jamavar’ is the very epitome of elegance and if you are in need for an affluent backdrop then Jamavar will be an excellent choice. This fancy fine dining restaurant is housed under The Leela Hotel, Mumbai and is always the first choice to dine for the city’s upper crust.
Jamavar is a North Indian restaurant but it is also famous for its scrumptious Malayali spread, which was taught to the cooks by Mrs. Leela Nair herself. Both North Indian and South Indian are prepared beautifully and cooked to the highest standards. Two Indian cuisine chefs, one for North Indian and one for South Indian, head the kitchen and dishes out excellently prepared dishes effortlessly. Pair their superb first course with a drink of your choice. Munch on, Malabar fried prawn, baby corn bezule, tandoori pomfret tikka, paneer teah pe teah, raan-e-Jamavar and Malabar pepper crab. Dig into their lavish main course with the help of an assortments of flabreads or rice. Mop up curries like, nawabi kofta, Haleem, Calicut pomfret curry, paneer makhani, murgh patiyala, mutton ishtew, gobhi hara pyaaz, murgh badami korma and konju pappas.
You may want to end this glorious meal with a degree coffee or masala chai but if you have a major sweet tooth like us then don’t skip the desserts. They are rich and sinful. Scoop some homemade ice cream in assortments of delicious flavours or tuck into, khoobani ka meetha, phirnee, jalebi with rabri, gulab jamun, rasmalai and Jamavar’s homemade kulfis. A menu this grand deserves a right kind of backdrop which the hotel provides beautifully. Gleaming marble floors, multiple larger than life crystal chandeliers hanging over every table, beautifully moulded walls, intricate lattice screens and an overall classy look, sums up Jamavar in a nutshell. Dining may be expensive here but go anyway.