Jamvanu: an intimate dining experience at home with Punam celebrating classic Gujarati flavours reimagined with seasonal produce.
Come along and join us as we share a four-course meal intertwined with stories from our childhood, with dishes we've grown up to love. The evenings are available to book privately or as small groups of up to 6 and are BYOB. Families are welcome!Detailed description:
Born out of the idea to share the dishes we have enjoyed since our childhood but rarely found at an eatery in London, we present a range of dining experiences. The roots of our business lie in the story of its founder, Punam Vaja. A born and raised East Londoner, growing up with strong Gujarati influences is what drives the core of the dishes we serve.
We host in Portugal and London. The deeply intertwined history of colonialism between England, Portugal and India has had major implications on religion, culture and also food. Punam will tap into this history to explore the dishes influenced by the connection and shed a positive light on modern Gujarati food.
As well as the food, what made a lasting impression was the hospitality shown to every guest who came to visit the Punam's family home. Each visitor is spoilt with cups of chai, sweetmeats or savoury snacks. Grandma was particularly skilled in her hosting abilities and always made sure no one left without a full belly and hearty smiles!
The cooking style is a combination of recipes and dishes passed on from Punam's mum and dad. Mum shared the traditional dishes that give that feeling of home, as well as her upbringing in Mumbai, adding flavours of street-food yumminess. On the other hand, Dad shared a much more carefree, exploratory approach, always using his instincts when it came to spice and balance in flavour.
Thus, the business was born, infusing the lessons passed on from decades of traditional dishes, served with a new flair and a big smile!
Hi , I'm Punam! What started as a hobby has now become my full-time passion. I grew up with strong roots and cooking tradition as linked to my Gujarati heritage. As a British Indian, I never really realised the importance of food in my sense of belonging and feeling at home. Growing up, food played a key role in connections with others, creating bonds and forming stories. Seeing all of this, I didn't really know when it became a part of my own hosting style!
After working as a sous-chef for a range of suppers clubs hosted for the Hackney Migrants Centre, I started hosting my own supper clubs in East London. My love and passion for cooking and hosting can be seen and experienced at each event, from the supper clubs to the workshops. I've had the pleasure of hosting private supper clubs and catered for private events. From April 2022, I had my first opportunity to host supper clubs in Porto, now sharing my love for both London and Porto with events in both cities.
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