The award-winning restaurant Jamavar at The Leela Palace brings the flavors of Andhra to namma ooru with 'Aromas of Andhra' food festival. I went for a preview two days back and savored some lip-smacking Andhra food which I never experienced in any other restaurants in Bengaluru.
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I love dining at restaurants in ‘The Leela Palace Hotel’ and this time’s visit was to Jamavar – a restaurant with a perfect blend of food and culture. Jamavar is a synonym for a classy restaurant with pretty and elegant décor which makes you feel like you are in a palace chamber.
At times I enjoy the extreme spice levels and only a few cuisines can give this. That’s the reason I love Andhra food, the cuisine which is close to my heart after Kerala cuisine. We started with few appetizers like royyala miriyalu veppudu (stir-fried prawns with onion, green chillies and curry leaves), Amaravathi Kodi roast (tender chicken supreme cooked on a griddle with green chillies and curry leaves), mirapakaya bajji (stuffed Bavanagiri chilli bajji), Alasandhula Vada (Crispy fried black eye beans patties with served with fresh coconut chutney), and Venchina mamsam (stir-fried lamb in spicy masala). The appetizers were simply superb.
After having some brilliantly done appetizers it was time for some real deal – the main course. For the main course, I had Gongura mamsam (I love Gongura leaves), Konaseema royyala koora (shrimp in onion, cashew nut, and spicy gravy), Sorakaya Tomato Pappu, Assorted Indian bread, Amaravathi Pulao. It was belly nirvana time for me relishing this Andhra special food. I hope they will include some of the items on their regular menu.
The most surprising part of my lunch was when I received pootha rekulu (my fav) and Kakinada Kaja for desserts.
It was an honor to meet the team behind this fest and some of the Senior Chefs from The Leela Palace - Chef Bhaskar Rao, Chef Farman Ali and Chef Giri Manni. We missed meeting the man behind this fest- Chef Purushotham Jayarama Naidu.
Apart from the Andhra food festival dishes we also tried their recently introduced Herbal tea. A cup of Herbal tea after a meal has got a lot of health benefits. They have options like Sri Lankan Cinnamon, Fennel seeds, Carom seeds, Mint, Rose petal etc and I opted for Cinnamon tea.
If you like spicy food, then don't miss this fest and you’ll enjoy the way I did. It's 'a la carte' menu and available for lunch and dinner only at Jamavar. The fest is from 11th - 20th September 2017.
Jamavar -The Leela Palace
Old Airport Road,
For reservations, contact - 080 30571520
Check out their website - The Leela Palace, Bengaluru
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