20 Sep 2016
From the shores of Jersey to the heart of London, celebrated chef Shaun Rankin’s much anticipated restaurant Ormer Mayfair has arrived at the luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair bringing expertly executed dishes, impeccable service and a touch of Michelin magic in a beautifully elegant environment.
Remaining true to his conviction that sustainably-sourced, locally foraged and seasonal produce is absolute – an ethos that earned his St Helier restaurant Ormer a Michelin star – Shaun’s Ormer Mayfair menu is bursting with a wonderful bounty of Jersey and British fare that is simply prepared and cooked to perfection.
Welcoming diners for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a range of menu options including satisfying set lunches, seasonal à la carte (including a dedicated vegetarian and vegan section) plus an eight-course tasting menu, Ormer Mayfair can be perfectly tailored to suit any appetite or occasion.
Start with sweet Jersey lobster ravioli in a rich crab and tomato bisque with refreshing shallot salad – one of Shaun’s best known signature dishes set to become a sure-fire hit for the Mayfair set. Hand-dived scallops are served simply with bittersweet barbecued leeks, a sprinkling of sea herbs and a lemon parsley vinaigrette, while tartare of Scottish beef is accompanied by horseradish panna cotta, nettle and watercress.
Highlight mains include: Dover sole with smoked salmon, potato and leek risotto, served with crisp quail’s eggs; secreto of Iberico pork with charred calamari, chorizo chutney and puréed Asian pear and roasted grouse with juicy blackberries, barbecued celeriac and baked sweet apples. Those looking to share a real showstopper can opt for the fruits de mer served with Jersey Royals, fennel and mint or côte de boeuf and wild mushrooms with beer-cooked shallots, béarnaise sauce and triple-cooked chips.
Save room for dessert as choices of coconut mousse with white chocolate, pineapple carpaccio and molten mango middle; dark chocolate brownie with sticky popcorn, salted caramel sauce and milk ice cream, and baked Alaska to share will be impossible to resist.
Ormer Mayfair’s award-winning sommelier Andreas Rosendal has previously curated the wine lists in some of the country’s finest restaurants including Brasserie Chavot, Restaurant Sat Bains and The Greenhouse so you can be sure that each plate at Ormer Mayfair is perfectly paired with impeccable wines.
Start the meal with something crisp and light from the Sparkling Wine & Champagne Trolley, featuring award-winning labels. A magnum of 2009 Classic Cuvée from English estate Nyetimber can even be enjoyed by the glass – a rare find on a London wine list. Italian prosecco and a sherry-based sparkling wine from Spain also add some fizz to the occasion.
The main wine list puts world-renowned classic bins alongside stunning new varietals, including Albariño “Ría de Arosa”, 2015, Spain, and Jurançon Sec, 2014, South-West France. Ormer Mayfair also boasts the last 80 bottles of 2013 Pinot Noir from English estate Gusbourne left in the world. With notes of raspberry, rose petals and red cherry this too can be enjoyed by the glass until the last drop is drunk.
Make time before or after your meal to slip away to the plush Manetta’s bar, hidden at the far end of the restaurant. Reviving the name of the original hang-out at Flemings back in the 1930s, the reinvented bar recaptures the surreptitious spirit of a place where spies used to swap secrets and clandestine trysts took place. A dark and sultry colour palette of black upholstery, polished rose gold detailing and jewel red hints in tactile materials of soft velvet and supple leather exudes sophisticated opulence.
Cosy up for a secretive tête-à-tête on one of the Sheraton-style sofas or pull up one of the beautiful red and black bar stools and watch master mixologists at work preparing expertly made aperitifs and digestifs. The cocktail menu is inspired by writers Agatha Christie and Gertrude Stein who are also depicted on the walls alongside portraits of James Joyce and Alice B. Toklas in the bold style of Sussex artist Kate Boxer.
Seek refreshment from Rose is a Rose is a Rose (Plantation 3 Stars rum, hibiscus liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit juice and egg white) or take Half a Step Outside the Circle (Cherry Heering, blood orange syrup and Devaux Cuvée Champagne). End the night on a naughtier note and try They Do It With Mirrors (Herradura Blanco tequila, Crème de Peche, lavender & chamomile syrup, egg white, lemon juice and Zinfandel red wine) or settle in for an Endless Night (Remy Martin 1738 Cognac, lemon juice, fresh basil, brown sugar and tawny 20-year-old port). Hide away and soak in the atmosphere from 11am until 11pm every day.
The quintessentially British, 1930’s-inspired space designed by Tony Filmer, also responsible for refreshing Flemings’ 129 guest rooms and suites, is awash with understated glamour and artistry. Exuding subtle sophistication, the dining space is lined with aged oak wood panelling, Carrara and Nero Marquina geometrical, monochrome marble floors, forest green velvet banquettes threaded with gold and British racing green distressed leather chairs. A nod to the coast is in evidence through delicate seashell light shades and a reception desk coated in tanned, shimmering gold fish scales.
From hidden alcoves behind bronze and cast glass screens to long banquettes, the dining space is flexible for those dining alone, a deux or in larger groups. Those in search of mischief can even book what staff affectionately term ‘the naughty table’, a round table hidden by a heavy red velvet curtain.
There is no better way to experience Shaun Rankin’s exclusive menu at Ormer Mayfair than to book one of the unique private dining rooms. Suited to any special occasion, celebration, client entertainment or elegant company dinner, The Half Moon Suite seats up to 12 in an intimate setting while The Clarges Suite seats up to 20.
Your Ormer Mayfair experience is expertly overseen by Flemings’ General Manager Henrik Muehle and his handpicked Michelin-starred team including Head Chef Kerth Gumbs from Dover Street hotspot, The Arts Club, and Restaurant Manager Agnieszka Josko who joins from The Greenhouse.
Take a seat in Ormer Mayfair – understated elegance, superlative food, exceptional service.
7-12 Half Moon Street
T: 020 7499 0000
Opening Hours: Ormer Mayfair will be closed all day on Sundays and closed for lunch on Mondays.
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