During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.
Part 14: Michelin Star Restaurants
No less than four restaurants here in Jersey have been awarded a coveted Michelin star. This gives much pleasure to islanders who can experience superb fine dining with a choice rarely available outside of the world’s larger cities. Of course, Jersey is first and foremost a giant organic farm! The clean and clear sea provides the freshest of scallops, lobsters, fish and many local producers supply home grown vegetables and home reared meat. No, not everything is organic and not every produce is locally sourced nor organic. But the average is high and allows talented chefs to work their magic with simplicity rather than pomp and deliver a unique ‘Jersey Michelin Star Experience’.
The restaurants propose quite different surroundings. Ormer Restaurant, masterminded by Shaun Ranking is the only one that doesn’t belong to a hotel. The very cosy yet contemporary dining room offers an edible colour scheme, duck blue and mustard yellow, carried throughout with taste and elegance.
Located in the centre of St.Helier, Ormer is not just Jersey dining at its best, it is also a place for breakfast, lunch or a delicious drink accompanied by Iberico Ham or Royal Bay (of Grouville) Oysters. An al fresco terrace, a private dining room and a roof garden complete an idyllic setting in the heart of the historical part of town. Ormer Restaurant is usually buzzing, don’t forget to book!
Two of the other ‘stars’ are also in town. Tassili Restaurant is located within the Grand Jersey where a spa, a champagne bar and five star hospitality await you. Tassili’s cuisine is technical and imaginative.
You can watch it all happen on a discreetly positioned screen in the dining room and indulge in their tasting menu, a fantastic assortment of Head Chef Richard Allen’s most impressive and as he likes to say himself slightly decadent creations.
Bohemia Bar & Restaurant
On the other side of town, Bohemia Bar & Restaurant sits on the ground floor of The Club Hotel & Spa which has since 2005 been a hub for trendy outings. Islanders love to come here to relax, have a drink and enjoy a beautifully crafted meal at any time – week days or weekends.
The atmosphere is intimate yet friendly, warm and designed for simple luxury. Steve Smith, Head Chef, has devised a clever selection of menus from a Six Course Surprise Tasting Menu to a Midweek Set Lunch Menu complete with Custard Crumble Parfait or a divinely light Blackberry Soufflé.
The Ocean restaurant
Let’s cross the island to the wild west now to discover The Atlantic Hotel‘s superb Ocean Restaurant. Overlooking the magnificent St Ouen’s Bay, The Ocean restaurant offers sea views probably unrivalled on the island, an immaculate and classic presentation and service yet modern British cuisine at its best. Head Chef Mark Jordan’s 25 years experience are truly valuable.
The à la carte choices complete the set menus for lunch and dinner, offering such dishes as ‘Ballotine of local free range pork knuckle and foie gras, seared Jersey scallop, apple salad’ (see picture above) or an ‘Assiette of Jersey beef, lobster ravioli, beef consommé, Dauphinoise cappuccino’.