What with its highest concentration of fine dining restaurants in London (if not the UK), Mayfair’s an area that’s far from cheap. Not unheard of is to end up in this part of the West End, confronted with £18 starters, while rubbing elbows with those content to pay for them. All well and good, but who in Mayfair is catering for you and me – that is, the casual but ever so discerning diner? As it turns out, dinner for a couple of bank notes might be more achievable than you think.
Usually, food fit for a Maharaja comes with a bill to match. Not quite the case, however, at Jamavar, where four courses from the restaurant’s set menu will set you back just £34. Malai stone bass tikka, pan-seared Achaari pork, and port-poached pear, each at £8.50 a go? Not much else can sweeten that little deal.
It’s quite against the grain given the territory, but simplicity over showiness is atop the agenda at this setup by Anglo alumnus Mark Jarvis and Young British Foodie award winner Alex Harper. Often, you’ll find a dish to have just two or three constituents, which are part of an ‘evolving’ menu. This means double is asked of the kitchen’s creativity, but also, mercifully, half your wallet.
Celeb chef Judy Joo’s first Korean-inspired restaurant set up just off Carnaby Street in 2015, quickly becoming a reliable source for those partial to kimchi, fried chicken, and barbeque. Now, with a sister restaurant in Mayfair, it has opened up to a new audience, but without changing the essentials. Or the price. For a bit of luxury-for-less, go for the 4-course £22 set lunch menu.Continue Reading