You may well have read that Ormer has undergone a rather big change recently. The extraordinary kitchen has spent many years under the guidance of Chef Shaun Rankin; however, this is no longer the case.
After many successful years, Shaun has parted ways with the Ormer enterprise and the restaurant is currently in the very capable hands of Head Chef, Lee Smith. Lee previously worked with Shaun at Bohemia restaurant and is an incredibly talented chef in his own right.
Rest assured, the quality at Ormer has not changed one iota and you should definitely still make time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.
My friend and I visited on a Saturday not so long ago, to enjoy a lazy lunch. I appreciate the words ‘lazy’ and ‘Michelin Star’ don’t necessarily go together, but trust me, it is possible to have an excellent dining experience in a casual and relaxed way.
The restaurant’s décor is chic, featuring blue tones, dark wood and mustard seating. There’s also a partially open kitchen, where you can marvel at each of the dishes being plated up in front of you, like watching art in motion.
Our lunch was perfectly timed, elegant and very moreish. We took our time experiencing each and every flavour, not once feeling rushed between courses, something you definitely don’t want to experience at a leisurely Saturday lunch. Here are the beautiful dishes we enjoyed.
Pink grapefruit, mango, chill, ginger bread
Velouté, apple and blackberry granola, honey jelly
Chestnut puree, buttered cabbage, chicken and chestnut terrine
Chocolate, creme fraiche ice cream
Blackberry, almond ice cream
All the food was great, although I think my favourite had to be the Celeriac Velouté. There must have been at least twenty different flavours in this dish, a gift that kept on giving.
If you don’t quite fancy Michelin Star dining for lunch, you can always try out the bar menu and take a table outside in the winter sun*.
*Sun not guaranteed
Promise me you’ll have the Chicken Calzone if it’s available when you visit, it is out of this world!
In fact, I’m putting that firmly on my to do / eat list when I return from my secondment. That and a trip to their new speakeasy style bar, The Don.
Singles night at The Don on 16th February, anyone?!