What does a cut of tender grouse, a knickerbocker glory and a moreish martini all have in common?
They’re all on the menu at 45 Jermyn St, a smart restaurant tucked away in Mayfair which is well worth checking out.
The eatery, which is actually within fine food purveyor Fortnum & Mason, serves up an array of classic and seasonal dishes with grouse season now in full swing.
I ventured to dinner on a Friday night and the place had a great buzz. Taking a corner table, I instantly felt at ease with low lighting and some soft jazz music setting the mood.
The cosy interiors were designed by Martin Brudnizki, who also is responsible for the design of the Ivy and Le Caprice, and therefore it has an somewhat familiar feel. Think oak parquet flooring, rosewood tables and low ceilings.
From the get go, the service was on point and it appeared that there was a good staff to guest ratio.
To start, I opted for a vodka olive martini, while my friend opted for a gin & tonic.
Both hit the spot and we continued to browse the menu, while nibbling on some chunky slices of fresh-baked bread with deliciously salty butter.
On the subject of classics, we went for a Welsh rarebit with a twist to start. The ‘elegant’ version of the cheese on toast dish comes with a fried tomato and slice of bacon on top. Continuing on the cheesy theme, we plumped for a serving of burrata with peas, broad beans and wild nettle pesto.
Each of the starters satisfied on the taste front, although the burrata came pre-dissected and we both decided that it’s sometimes fun to demolish the creamy ball that is usually served as a whole.
For mains, my friend got into the autumnal swing of things with a serving of traditional grouse, with game cottage pie and bread sauce served up on the side.
Meanwhile, I went for a portion of the Orkney scallops and lobster vinaigrette (which is actually on the starter menu) teamed with some steamed spinach and heritage tomato salad.
I was more than satisfied with my choice, and the plump, well-seasoned scallops were slowly dissected in a bid to savour the taste. The accompanying sides worked perfectly and were equally as delicious.
I’m not that much of a grouse fan, but on trying a mouthful of my friend’s I reassessed my dislike. The pink meat was tender and not gamey at all. My friend swiftly mopped up the small bird breasts and the dinky side dishes served in tiny copper saucepans.
We both felt pretty content after mopping up our feast, but decided to finish things off with a touch of something sweet.
The dessert menu at 45 Jermyn Street has a great mix of staples, including strawberry pavlova, peach soufflé and tiramisu. I nearly squealed when I saw a knickerbocker glory (one of my favourites) and decided to give it a whirl.
Meanwhile, my friend decided to go with something less traditional – an alcoholic ice cream float.
The restaurant has five creamy cocktails on the menu and ours contained a heady mix of vodka, apple liquor, aperol, violet essence, soda, granny smith sorbet and peanut butter ice cream.
It was quite a bizarre concoction and we weren’t sure what to make of it, but it certainly made for a fun experiment! The knickerbocker glory was delightfully creamy with a tasty whip of meringue on the top. However, I was a bit disappointed there was no gooey syrup or bright red cocktail cherries.
But this is 45 Jermyn St. Classic dishes, served in an elegant way. Our waiter informed us the beef wellington is one of the eatery’s most popular dishes.
A jolly good reason to return, especially with the onset of autumn making this cosy spot an even more delectable treat.
45 Jermyn Street is located at 45 Jermyn St. St. James’s, London, SW1 6DN
To book a table call +44 (0) 207 205 4545 or visit www.45jermynst.com