My biggest regret from when I visited Jersey a few years ago was not paying a visit to Ormer. We had planned to but things didn't work out and alas, my reservation was to be cancelled.
So I was thrilled to hear the news that Ormer was swimming across the channel and setting up a sister restaurant at the newly refurbed Fleming’s hotel in Mayfair.
Ormer is the creation of top chef (and Yorkshireman, hurrah) Shaun Rankin. Opened during the summer, Ormer Mayfair brings its Jersey cooking to London. At the beginning of the month, I was invited to a very special dinner, attended by the chef himself, to sample the island's delights.
Entering through the hotel's perfectly coiffed lobby, we were led down some stairs to the ground floor lair which is home to the restaurant. An elegant setting with plush fittings, art deco inspired interiors and touches of gold, dark wood and forest green velvet to complete a sumptuous feel.
The menu was one specially created by Rankin for the evening, with a choice between two starters, two mains and a dessert. Living how I imagine royalty to live, we started the evening by sipping on Nyetimber - England's finest sparkling wine and best in the land - whilst munching on heavenly bread and too-good-not-to-load-on butter whilst choosing our next courses. Gluttony rules.
Things got off to an excellent start thanks to this dish of Heritage Beets accompanied with a sweet and flavoursome trio of goat’s cheese, kalamata sorbet and truffle honey and a rather fine glass of Denbies' 'Surrey Gold' NV, hand-picked by Ormer Mayfair's award-winning sommelier, Andreas Rosendal.
The other starter on offer was the Jersey Lobster Ravioli which the other half of the table went for. As I'm not a lobster fan, this wasn't the one for me, although I do think that looks particularly tasty and heard only the most praising of reports!
Going full on vegetarian for the night, I chose the herb stuffed gnocchi served with artichoke, aubergine and beans which was DELICIOUS, served with a 2013 Pinot Noir from the Gusbourne Estate in Kent.
All on the table finished on the same note, with a cherry souffle. A light and mighty dessert accompanied by a boozy black forest gateau and sweet cherry sorbet. Washed down with Denbies' Noble Harvest Ortega 2014 for good measure, re-affirming my fancy for a dessert wine every now and again.
Ormer Mayfair truly lived up to my expectations of beautiful food in a divine setting and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a guest at such a fine dinner. Thank you to Shaun and the team for being truly wonderful hosts and for treating us to such a special dinner, reminding me exactly what good food (and wine) is all about.