Jersey Bite of the Week: Green Island Restaurant

Green Island Restaurant, Jersey

Sitting at the top of a slipway and overlooking Jersey’s sunny south coast, Green Island Restaurant claims to be the most southerly in the British Isles.

The Green Island features a unique location and fantastic setting in which to enjoy the fresher than fresh seafood that lands on the kitchen doorstep everyday. During the summer, the al fresco terrace provides a perfect atmosphere for enjoying a glass of wine and an exceptional meal whilst the sun goes down and the waves lap at the seawall only a few yards away.

One of the delights in a visit to the Green Island is the friendly and amicable manner in which specials are presented to the table. Armed with only a small notepad, the restaurant’s owner reels off lists of fresh catches and interesting cuts of meat, even describing cooking methods and the reasons behind the chef’s recipes. The specials usually showcase the very best that Jersey’s seas have to offer, from fresh garlic sardines and chilli crispy squid with chorizo, to a simple Jersey lobster salad and local Royal Bay oysters over crushed ice.

It’s not all about the fish though. Seasoned carnivores and vegetarians alike are well catered for, with the extremely varied starter selection including wild mushroom and Jerusalem artichoke soup, gnocchi engrossed in a brie and stilton sauce, confit duck leg with fois gras terrine, and veal kidneys with chicken liver and black pudding.

The Green Island’s main courses are truly monumental undertakings, striking the perfect balance between hearty quantity and subtle quality. Flavours and influences fly into your palette from many different directions; particular favourites include roasted monkfish with a Malaysian potato curry and ‘chicken Maryland’, served with sweetcorn chowder and roasted banana. It is only fitting that a restaurant less than an hour from the French coast should serve the very continental dish of guinea fowl with a port and armagnac sauce. Very French and very tasty.

Green Island Restaurant, Jersey

If you have space, it really wouldn’t be cricket to refuse a pudding. Whether you enjoy fresh flavours, rich flavours, sorbets, ice creams, biscuits, fruits, cream, or a simple plate of farmhouse cheeses, this is the menu for you. Sweet puddings are unapologetically tempting, with our standout choice being the ‘Dom Pedro’; vanilla ice cream blended with black cherries and amaretto, poured over amaretti biscuits.

The Green Island’s wine list offers something for everyone, with a principal focus on French classics. For those on a budget, the house wines are a steal at £15 per bottle, the Lazy Lizard d’Oc Sauvignon Blanc being a particularly enjoyable sip with some fresh seafood. If you’re out for a treat, why not push out the boat and order a bottle of 2003 Château Rauzan-Ségla, a subtle and elegant red wine that is reaching perfection during 2012.

Perfect during the summer, but worth a visit at any time of the year, the Green Island Restaurant will leave you wanting more. More fresh local food, more Jersey sun, and more great wine.

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