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Jamavar Mumbai

Leela Kempinski Hotel, Sahar Airport Road Andheri, Mumbai, 400059, India

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The Jamavar is on the ground floor of the Leela Mumbai hotel. The dining room had a black slate floor and lacquer screens, contributing to a smart, modern feel. Tandoori malai murgh (R625 = £7.25) was quite tender and lightly spiced (13/20). Lashoni crab (R950) was a brown crab meat mixed with shredded onions and spices, with a texture and appearance almost like a risotto, though no rice was involved. It was pleasant though perhaps an acidic element would have helped; it was also a pity that they had not properly sifted through the crab meat to remove pieces of shell (12/20). 

Tandoori lobster (R1275) had the meat scooped out, cooked in the tandoor with spices and then placed back in its shell. It was tender and enjoyable, though it was not a very large lobster given the quite high price. Black dhal was a little watery in texture (11/20). Aloo methi was nicely made, the texture of the potatoes being retained well, and enlivened by a little ginger (13/20). Romali roti (R125) was lovely (14/20) and naan was excellent, supple and soft in texture (15/20). Tandoori potatoes were stuffed with cheese and cashew nuts before being cooked in the tandoor, and this worked well (13/20).

Overall this was very enjoyable, though the price is a little high. However it was not in the league of its sister, the Jamavar in Goa. The bill was R6360 (£88) between two.

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