45 Jermyn St.

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Statement dining in one of London’s world-famous districts.

This glamorous dining room on London’s famous tailoring strip could have been lifted straight out of an ocean liner.  From the lacquered tables and salmon red leather banquettes (one of which snakes down the centre in a dramatic double S bend) to the Art Deco lamps and crackled glass panels, 45 Jermyn St makes you feel under-dressed in anything less than a beaded shift (ladies) or spats (gents). Fortnum and Mason green is the second theme colour, which is no coincidence: they own the joint.

Conversation was hushed despite the restaurant being half full. Dimming the lights would help, but this is a place to see and be seen and the greeting from waiting staff was warm. 

Given that the place wasn’t crammed, the meal felt a tad rushed – starters arrived within 10 minutes of ordering and mains followed with barely time for a convenience break (on that note, follow the door marked ‘Peas and Leeks’ – not a dedicated vegetable kitchen, but a punning pointer to the loos). But you can’t fault the food, which is served in generous portions and lovingly put together. Oysters and caviar top the menu – if you like theatre, the latter arrives by trolley and accompanying eggs are scrambled at the table. A dressed Portland crab and a tomato, treviso and goats curd salad were both excellent. Main courses include as many vegetarian as meat dishes, an unusual touch. in the end, I couldn’t resist flesh, so ordered a perfectly executed calvados braised guinea fowl and a fillet of hake with white beans and cockles. Desserts feature an exciting range of ice cream floats and coupes, as well as more traditional choices. 

It’s a great place for a grown-up treat and, if you choose carefully from the wine list, pretty reasonable too.

Venue name: 45 Jermyn St.
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Address: 45 Jermyn St
London
SW1 6DN
Transport: Tube: Green Park
Price: Main courses £12.50-£36.50
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Joss B
Tastemaker

The new restaurant from F&M in immaculate in its design, with all tables set up as booths and a beautifully high long bar that just begs for you to sit at it, and the colour scheme of orange and F&M green with the dark stained wood works seamlessly. 

The food is a mix of classic and modern, all perfectly cooked from high quality ingredients, many of which can be found on sale in the F&M food hall. To start I shared the dress crab and the snails, two dishes that perfectly represent the cross of modern and traditional that the restaurant serves. The Crab was beautifully delicate in flavour and plating and topped with traditional chopped egg, while the snails were served not with garlic and parsley butter but a garlic, parsley and Gorgonzola butter, a flavour combination that so much better than the traditional one, with the cheese working perfectly with the other two flavours and adding a bitterness that is devoutly to be wished with snails.


The steak was cooked as requested if served to the wrong person - a number of us had steak and had to swap them to get them as we each prefer. The fries that accompany it were good and the spicy Cafe de Paris was a lovely alternative to the usual herb, anchovy of pepper butters. The real stars for me though were the sides, a surprisingly delicate cauliflower cheese and a beautiful fennel gratin. 


It is certainly well worth a visit, though I'm not so sure that the pricing meets one of the restaurants aims. While you can pay more, you can pay less (though perhaps not get the same quality), but the prices are sufficient to question their attempts to be high quality at a cost that is more accessible to the younger foodie. Non the less do go.

Georgie
Tastemaker

This newly renovated and decorated restaurant may be previously better known as The Fountain restaurant at Fortnums, but along with a revamp within came a rename, making it now 45 Jermyn Street. The new decor has taken the current trend for orange and run with it, with bright leather booths and chairs brightening up the room from corner to corner. The gorgeous green panels around the edges and middle of the room provide for a lovely contrast which balances the room. We asked, 'why orange?' with the simple answer being, 'it ages well.' In years to come this dining room will only become more elegant.


The menu is expensive in some respects, with most main dishes circling the £25 mark, though all do sound delicious. However my fella and I were tempted more by the starters and so ordered 4 to share, starting with 10g (£20!) of sturgeon caviar. Having never tried 'proper' caviar before we were having a 'why the hell not' moment. This tiny dollop of caviar was served along with some of the fluffiest and well seasoned new potatoes i've ever tried, beautifully warm blinis, sour cream, toast and scrambled egg cooked in-front of you on the trolley. This scrambled egg is the best of my life without a doubt - a vibrant yellow colour, light and fluffy but not over worked. Simple and delicious. I never thought i'd understand the appeal of spending a ridiculous amount of money on what is just essentially fish eggs, but after trying our small little pile of the stuff, the appeal was found. It's gorgeous, smooth, and not over powering. A must try for everyone at some point!


We also tried the Grilled Bones with parmesan & parsley salt which came topped with a rich jus. This is probably a vegetarians nightmare but a meat lovers dream - I adore bone marrow, and this was a beautiful plate of the stuff. It's incredibly rich though so sharing is ideal.


The snails with gorgonzola and garlic butter were meaty and had a gorgeous texture. Am I the only one who thinks snails taste like pork? These weren't served in the traditional plate so weren't soaked in the butter enough for our liking, but they were beautiful all the same.


The let down of the meal for me was purely due to my hatred of beans, and sadly the Octopus with braised borlotti beans and chorizo came with bloody loads of them! The octopus was gorgeous though, and the sauce also lovely, but the beans upset me. I was so lucky we'd ordered everything else because if this had been our only dish, i'd still be pretty hungry I think!


Because we were having a 'treat yo self' day we also browsed the dessert menu and opted to go boozy with their floats - the pineapple and honey syrup float with botanist gin, as well as the brown butter syrup with four roses bourban were our choices - the coke floats for adults. I had a hangover by 8pm that evening.


Service here is superb, the atmosphere relaxed and the food beautiful and well considered. I'd recommend for a lovely lunch out if you feel like treating yourself.

Howard S

Valentines is such a difficult day especially dinning at restaurants so the experience at Fountain was completely different lovely tasting food, and no small portions, great service and atmosphere, thank you!