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.