Great cuisine is fundamental to luxury Indian hotel group Leela Palaces and Resorts, and the Jamavar restaurants are the jewels in their crown. So when Dinesh Nair and his daughter decided to open their first solo restaurant outside the Indian sub-continent, the pressure was on. Thanks to the enviable location in Mayfair, London, and restaurant design by hospitality specialists Fabled, flooring from Havwoods and a kitchen headed up by Michelin starred chef Rohit Ghai, the ingredients for success are all there.
Visitors to the Indian sub-continent may well know the Jamavar name, with five restaurants in Asia which have already achieved considerable critical acclaim. Brainchild of Dinesh Nair, co-chairman of the luxury hotel group Leela Palaces, says the Mayfair location is both their first stand-alone restaurant and the first located outside Asia. Forbes USA list Jamavar in Bengaluru amongst the World’s Top 10 Power Dining Spots, whilst Jamavar in Chennai has been cited as a ‘delectable’ experience by restaurant critic Fay Maschler.
Designer’s Fabled took reference from the Viceroy’s house of New Delhi, with delicate colonial flourishes combined with the intricate patterns and vibrant colours from the 16th Century Kashmiri shawls for which the restaurants are named. It is a glamorous Indian dining room with rainforest and brown emperador marbles, dark timber panelling, floors from Havwoods and gilded lincrusta wall coverings. The space is offset with brass accents, hand-cut marquetry and a sculpted bar made up of Indian print block patterns and Lutyens inspired furniture.
The stunning Jamavar floors are incredibly intricate. Havwoods Versailles panels, marble tiles and Notte planks from the Italian Collection which are laid in an intricate pattern with other materials to accent.
“The concentric timber floor design for the lower ground floor was designed to reflect the ceiling coffers above the floor. These came out really well with the brass trim detail.” – Tom Strother, Fabled founding partner.