If you’re looking for a special occasion kind of restaurant then stop the search and let us introduce you to Ormer Mayfair. Located in the Flemings Hotel (which recently underwent a £15 million refurb project), Ormer is the latest opening from Shaun Rankin, the Jersey chef who won a Michelin star for his St Helier restaurant. The ethos is that ingredients come from sustainable sources, are foraged locally and the menu focuses on seasonal produce.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this isn’t the sort of evening you want to rush so we suggest starting your evening at Manetta’s Bar where the cocktail menu is inspired by writers Agatha Christie and Gertrude Stein. Beautifully decorated with rich warm tones, plush velour sofas and dimly lit lamps which create a really cosy atmosphere without compromising on style…this place is GORGEOUS! Try the Half a Step Outside the Circle with Cherry Heering, blood orange syrup topped with Champagne or opt for They Do It With Mirrors with white tequila, creme de peche, lavender and chamomile syrup, egg white, lemon and red Zinfandel wine.
The restaurant itself is equally stunning with oak wood panelling, forest green banquettes and the most beautiful (and very Instagramable!) geometric black and white floors. The menu offers A la Carte options but if you’re feeling adventurous and wanting to splurge a little, go for blow out seven course tasting menu.
We struggled to decide what to order as everything sounded incredible but we set our hearts on the Jersey ravioli and the pork cheeks, possible two of the best dishes we’ve EVER had! The giant lobster ravioli was set on a crab and tomato bisque, topped with ginger, coriander and black puffed rice which added loads of fresh flavours and textures that blended so well together. The slow cooked pork cheeks fell to pieces it was so tender and the celeriac, apple and chestnut puree worked perfectly. Sides were incredibly good as well, thin layers of potato stacked together in a truffle cream was to die for and our personal favourite!
We managed to find a bit more room for dessert and went for the cherry soufflé, which was sooo light and fluffy. It had a sour cherry coulis in the middle and was served with the most beautiful little cake, a black forest gateau topped with a gold sour cherry along with a cherry sorbet, a truly amazing desert if you ask us!
The meal was paired with exceptional wines, handpicked by award-winning sommelier Andreas Rosendal (below). We kicked things off with a glass of Nyetimber, pioneer of the English sparkling (they were the first to make it in 1993) which went incredibly well with the lobster ravioli. With the pork, we had a light red wine, a 2nd vintage Gusbourne which only produced 600 bottles (the next batch is already sold out, sorry!). The restaurant has a couple of bottles though so if you fancy this one, you’re in luck! Did we mention the wine list is 80 pages long!? So you’re guaranteed to find something you will love and that suits all budgets.
So what’s the damage you ask? Starters are around £15 and mains are about £30 You can also opt for a two-course lunch for a ridiculously affordable £19 or three courses for £25…not bad for one of the best meals we’ve ever had! There’s also a Christmas lunch and dinner coming soon for a very reasonable £29/£45 which makes it a restaurant with excellent quality food that won’t leave you broke for the following weeks! The service was spot on and each member of staff made us feel very special. With impeccable service, outstanding food and really stunning décor, we can’t wait to return. We left Ormer with a huge smile on our faces, thinking we were incredibly lucky to have eaten there.
Please note – some of the dishes we tried were exclusive to the evening (I know, we are so blimmin lucky!) so we’ve included photos of the wider menu for you to gawp at. For that Lobster Ravioli – check our Insta!