Last week, I was invited to try the newly opened restaurant Ormer Mayfair by chef Shaun Rankin in Flemings Mayfair, a stunning boutique hotel that dates back to 1851, which has just been refurbished. The original Ormer is in Jersey and it received his first Michelin star only 4 months after opening, in 2013.
Like the Ormer Jersey, this restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients and features classic dishes paired with impeccable wines -we had a great demonstration of this on the evening. But first, let's talk about the bar, which is the perfect place to stop for a cocktail (or two) now that nights start to draw in- great atmosphere and it definitely felt far away from the buzz of the city and the stress from the day a distant memory.
After our canapé -a tasty polenta with parmesan cheese and truffle- we sat down for a very special dinner, as the menu had been specially created by chef Shaun Rankin for us. We all struggled to choose what to eat, as everything on the menu sounded delicious- I went for Jersey lobster ravioli and crab and tomato bisque with a shallot salad- one of the chef signature dishes -which was paired with a glass of 2009 Classic Cuvée from English estate Nyetimber. This was just the perfect start, so good.
Interesting fact provided by our very knowledgeable sommelier- in April this year, English sparkling wine was declared favourite from a blind tasting in France, where an elite group of experts from Paris said it was better than Champagne.
For main, I opted for Pork cheek with brussel sprout, celeriac, apple and chestnut and this was served with a very special wine- a glass of 2013 Pinot Noir from the last 80 bottles of this wine from English estate Gusbourne left in the world.
We finished our meal with a cherry triumph- sorbet, soufflé and black forest gateau. I could not tell you which one was my favourite of the three- I love cherry and I enjoyed all of them, maybe I enjoyed the gateau a bit more. The dessert was paired with 2014 Ortega "Nobles Harvest".
Superb food with a great wine list- a nice addition to the London food scene.
Below a few more photos taken that evening with my new Google Pixel Xl phone.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the restaurant. All opinions are my own.