Cherry souffle with pistachio ice cream, Ormer by Shaun Rankin, Jersey

Ormer Restaurant by Shaun Rankin, Jersey, Review

7-11 Don Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 4TQ

Velvety cerulean blue banquettes, mikado hued leather chairs and earthy wooden panelling sets the scene for Ormer, Shaun Rankin’s new restaurant on the island of Jersey. Opened just a little over five months ago, the breakfast, lunch and dinner services are all running ship shape. Perhaps that’s why it’s gained its first Michelin star in the latest Michelin guide.

With a strong focus on local produce, much of it foraged from the land and the sea, Rankin has managed to create a robust fusion menu using classic technique and exotic flavours. Scallops with curried granola and cauliflower salad is just one such example. As can be expected, Jersey Royals and local dairy also take pride of place alongside the seafood.

The wine list is still a work in progress, carefully curated by award-winning sommelier Davide Buongiorno, and the tasting menu is being created but Ormer is well on its way to becoming a destination restaurant on the island.

Qin Xie

Qin Xie is a London based food, wine and travel journalist and trained chef.

When not infiltrating Michelin restaurants as a kitchen tourist, she writes about food, drink and travel. Her work has appeared on Yahoo, FT, The Times and CNN.

Her first cookbook, co-authored with YS Peng at Hunan Restaurant, is out March 2014.

According to friends, her watch is always set to UTC -- ready for the next big adventure. In reality, she is happiest at the dinner table or by the sea.

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