|St Ouen's Bay, Jersey|
The Jersey Michelin Experience with The Atlantic Hotel
Making decisions is always a pain, and a thing reserved for grown ups (a group within society I'm pretty sure I'm yet to become a member of). Someone else sorting dinner plans when visiting a new part of the world is always handy, and if you intend on staying at the resplendent The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey before Christmas this year, they've got a great package going on.
They've collaborated with the island's Michelin starred restaurants to offer The Jersey Michelin Experience: that's Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, Bohemia at The Club Hotel & Spa, and Ormer Restaurant by Shaun Rankin. Three, four and seven night breaks are available, with meals included at these restaurants, to celebrate the fine dining and fabulous produce to be found on an island that is just nine miles by five.
Surprisingly for any restaurant, let alone one with a star, Bohemia were unable to accommodate a dietary requirement of no alcohol in the food for my partner (he's allergic to it), despite being told well in advance, so we didn't get to dine there. Instead, a fine lunch at Mark Jordan at the Beach, under some spectacular Jersey sunshine was enjoyed, an additional restaurant included for guests that opt for the seven-night package.
|rooms views from The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey|
Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel
Executive Head Chef Mark Jordan has succeeded at retaining a Michelin star here for the past 10 years, and is renowned for his carefully crafted dishes that shout the praises of local Jersey produce. From spanking fresh seafood hauled from the surrounding waters, to tender Jersey beef, Mark's food is innovative but still relatable in its honesty.
Ocean’s design is influenced by its coastal setting. Expect the soothing tones of blues, whites and beiges to create a modern classic look, with hand-crafted furniture and specially commissioned artwork punctuating the space. White American-style shutters frame stunning views over the gardens to the ocean beyond, and help create shade when the glorious Jersey sunshine is a'shining.
Mark’s seven course tasting menu uses many products which already have international recognition and sport the distinctive Genuine Jersey logo. It's an ode to all things Jersey - see here for a sample menu of this season's offering.
Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, Le Mont de la Pulente, Saint Brelade, Jersey JE3 8HE
|dinner at Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, Jersey|
Local produce is king at this trendy St. Helier restaurant, where renowened chef Shaun Rankin was awarded a Michelin star just four months after it opened in 2013. He's spent 18 years on the island honing the supply chain and promoting Jersey's gastronomy, and via Ormer's open kitchen is a great way to experience this.
Perhaps island life is a little slower compared to the chaos of London, but it took a leisurely half an hour for our order to be taken. But once the food did start to arrive, little could be faulted.
Duck was rich and full of iron with a fabulous texture, there was a delicate but vibrant crab canneloni, and scallops were small, sweet and plump. But it was the main of lamb with black garlic, sweetbreads and little pasta parcels stuffed with goat's cheese and honey, that won the show. A treacle tart with local clotted cream ice cream was deep brown in its caramel offering, and little Jersey royals as a side with the mains was a given.
Ormer, 7-11 Don Street, St, Helier, Jersey JE2 4TQ
|dinner at Ormer, Jersey|
Mark Jordan at the Beach
There are probably few better places to dine for lunch on the whole island than Mark Jordan at the Beach when the sun is shining in Jersey. Which it very much was during my visit. Full throttle UV, and it was glorious. The beachside bistro from The Atlantic Hotel’s Executive Head Chef Mark Jordan, boasts Jersey’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand, a mark of good quality and good value food.
You'll find it on the south coast of Jersey, close to the capital of St Helier, and just a stone's throw from St Aubin's Harbour. There's seating both inside and out with unrivalled views of the bay, and from the menu you can expect quality produce cooked simply, served in a competent but relaxed and casual setting, with really commendable service.
As I chatted to the waiter, they mentioned Mark goes to the food markets in Paris at 3.30am to get the ingredients for both his restaurants, and I really like how he's active on social media, showing the behind the scenes of the day's prep and development of menus.
Whilst the burger pattie was a little tough and too compact for me, mackerel and its glorious crispy skin was a fantastic pairing with young beets and Jersey Royals. I also loved the 70's throwback that was a delightful prawn cocktail. And top marks for bringing up the no alcohol dietary requirement before we had to remind them, putting us at ease straight away. See, it's not that difficult Bohemia *rolls eyes*.
Mark Jordan at the Beach, La Plage, La Route de la Haule, St Peter, Jersey JE3 7YD
|lunch at Mark Jordan at the Beach, Jersey|
A three night dinner, bed and breakfast break at The Atlantic Hotel, as part of the The Jersey Michelin Experience, starts from £390 per person excluding flights, and is available for travel until Friday 23rd December 2016.
Note: I stayed as a guest of this hotel as part of a media package. All views remain my own, as always.
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