What: Vegetarian friendly menu from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin.
New? Ormer Mayfair opened at Flemings Mayfair in September 2016 as part of a £15m investment which also saw the 129 bedrooms in the hotel given a new look.
Where? Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair W1J 7BH www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk
On the Menu: Ormer Mayfair is the sister restaurant to the original Ormer Jersey, it’s here that Shaun focuses a lot of his menu, using Jersey and British fare at the heart of his cooking like hand-picked shoreline foraged herbs. Dishes on the menu include mushroom fagottini with egg yolk, parsnip and parmesan, and beetroot with goat’s cheese, Kalamata sorbet and truffle honey.
The Look: The moment we stepped foot in Flemings Mayfair the hospitality was superb, from the quintessentially English doorman to the chorus of hellos when we arrive at Ormer. After a brief stop off in the opulent Manetta’s Bar where we could have easily spent many hours, we made our way to the restaurant. The photos don’t really do it justice as it feels much more glamorous inside. Wood panelling, tiled floors, dark leather banquettes and large mirrors give it a sophsticated yet warm feel.
What We Ate: A favourite was the Jerusalem artichoke veluté with toffee and bitesize pieces of toasted homemade brioche. The creamy, richness of the velute was off the scale layered over a bed of truffle for that extra kick of indulgence. The cucumber gazpacho with Piment d’Espelette crisps was much lighter and prettily decorated with miniature edible flowers. The descriptions of the dishes are brief and leave a lot to the imagination, you kind of have to decide which ingredients you like and then just take a leap of faith. These leaps paid off for me and I highly recommend the green asparagus with burrata, herb gnocchi and morels.
For pudding there was a pretty, petite baked Alaska which was piped with meringue spikes and filled with peach ice cream and a light, sweet, cherry soufflé with Black Forest gateau and cherry sorbet.
What We Drank: In the bar we started with Rose is a Rose is a Rose which is a refreshing mix of Plantation 3Stars Rum, hibiscus liqueur, lime juice, grapefruit juice and egg white, while those with a sweeter tooth will enjoy, A Portrait of a Young Man made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Xante Pear Liqueur, apple juice, passion fruit purée, fresh passion fruit, lemon juice and cherry heering. Throughout dinner each course was expertly paired with help from the on-hand sommelier who made recommendations such as 2013 “Straw wine”, Vergelegen, Stellenbosch, South Africa which was enjoyed with dessert.
Go With: The quality of the menu is so high that this is a universal winner for all tastes and will do well across vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
Final Word: The manager and her team were on great form all night, making jokes with the diners, so that we couldn’t fault the service. For someone with a big appetite, the portions at first glance appeared to be a tad on the small side but in reality they were well-sized, you won’t reach that uncomfortable level that all too often comes at the end of a large meal. All of the courses were exceptional and beautifully presented while the impeccable service continued from start to finish. Lots of high end restaurants tend to forget vegetarian dining in lieu of heavily meat-focused menus but Ormer Mayfair prides itself in catering to most dietary requirements including vegans and has utilised this huge market to perfection.
Ormer Mayfair: Flemings Mayfair, 7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair W1J 7BH