Located on the ground floor of Fortnum & Mason, 45 Jermyn St. is everything eating at home isn’t. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in their glamourous dining room, or out on the terrace should the sun make an appearance, this is the spot to make your post-lockdown dining debut if you haven’t already.
45 Jermyn St. is everything we’d hankered for whilst making the most of our restaurant meal kits at home – attentive service, pretty plating – and all in an OTT dining room complete with leather banquettes and Art Deco lamps.
The wine edit is somewhat surprisingly, great value but you must at least dip your toe into the cocktail offering. With 20 pages dedicated to the classics, we’d recommend kicking off with a Model T (made up of Fords gin, raspberry, mint and champagne) and calling over the caviar trolly whilst you peruse the rest of the menu.
Old-timers will be pleased to know their most iconic dishes are still available, including Piccadilly smoked salmon (so named because it’s smoked on the restaurant’s rooftop) and the impressive beef wellington for two to share.
After a round of oysters and a glass of Fortnum’s English sparkling, the raw Cornish mackerel & caviar tacos are a must order from the starters. If your date is up for sharing, we’d recommend the lobster spaghetti with artichokes and lemon verbena which is theatrically flambeed at the table. Otherwise, the Glenarm Estate rib eye with béarnaise is cooked to perfection and the spiced monkfish and mussels coconut curry is the ultimate comfort food, elevated to 45 Jermyn St. proportions.
It might not appear this way on first appearances but actually veggies and flexitarians are equally well catered for with the likes of baby artichoke, broccoli, romesco and smoked almond salad or the potato gnocchi with wild mushrooms.
If our cocktails, starters and mains all felt particularly grown-up, dessert had us feeling like a couple of big kids. Inspired by the ice cream floats of the 1950s, this boozy liquid fantasy combined cornflake ice cream with brown butter syrup and a very generous glug of Four Roses Bourbon.
A top-notch spot with all the glamour and elegance you’d expect to find in this part of town, without any of the pretension. Sounds exactly what we’re all after right now.
For those lucky enough to live within a 2.5 mile radius you can also order a selection of dishes through the SUPPER app