An evening of gourmet delights at 45 Jermyn St.

Lucy Halfhead
·2-min read
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn St.
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn St.

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Accessed via its namesake street at the back of the famous department store Fortnum & Mason, 45 Jermyn St. boasts stylish interiors conceived by the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio that combine burnt-orange leather booths, pastel-green accents and an oak parquet floor. From the moment you step through the custom-made wooden revolving door, the stunning design and charming staff evoke a feeling of old-school glamour that immediately makes it feel like a special evening.

Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street

The seasonal menu kicks off with a whole host of delights including a selection of caviar and, currently, some tantalising white truffle options, from the ultimate toasted cheese sandwich to tagliatelle with 24-month-aged Parmesan, Champagne risotto. However, we chose to start with a dozen Carlingford oysters, which arrived at the table on a beautiful platter with a pot of zingy shallots and some tabasco. Prepared perfectly, they were completely delicious – the only thing stopping us ordering more was the sneak-peek of the desserts we’d glimpsed on the next-door table.

Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street

For starters, we were thrilled with our choices of a tasty Jerusalem artichoke soup with pickled mushrooms, a poached egg and hazelnuts, and a plate of seared Loch Fyne scallops with a celeriac puree, apple and crispy chicken skin, both bursting with divine flavours and creatively presented. Then it was on to the main courses of an insanely good spiced monkfish with mussels, red pepper and coconut curry, and a moreish gnocchi sugo finto with wild mushrooms. If we hadn’t been saving room for pudding, we might have opted for one of the show-stopping mains for two to share: either a beef Wellington accompanied by dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and peppercorn sauce, or a lobster spaghetti with artichokes and lemon verbena, which are theatrically flambéed at the table to the delight of all the diners in the room.

Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street

Last but not least, we opted for a lemon tart with crème fraîche ice-cream, and a chocolate sphere with orange ice-cream with hot chocolate sauce dramatically poured over the dish in front of you. If you find it too hard to leave, the pull up a seat at the striking marble bar at the back of the restaurant, where there is a list of ice-cream sodas, cocktails and Rickies to choose from. Go to 45 Jermyn St. and you are guaranteed to re-capture the joy of going out for dinner, where the incredible food, sophisticated service and overall cosy charm will make you forget about the troubles of the real world, even if just for a night…

Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street
Photo credit: 45 Jermyn Street

For more information and to book, visit www.45jermynst.com or ring 020 7205 4545.