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Although this luxurious Mayfair hotel dates from the 1850s, its swish basement dining room owes its looks to the 1930s. Under chef Sofian Msetfi, the “fabulous” cuisine (choose either a 6-course ‘market’ menu or 9-course ‘tasting’ option) continues to achieve high ratings and even the weakest report this year awarded “full marks for presentation and service”. “A friend of mine who swears not to visit hotel dining rooms granted it high praise after our dinner there!”
“A choice of four 8-course tasting menus and a fantastic selection of wines” greets visitors to this 1930s-style, oak-panelled chamber in Mayfair, which scored uniformly high marks this year for Sofian Msetfi’s accomplished, seasonal British cuisine. There are also vegetarian and vegan alternative menus (the latter of which requires 48 hours notice).
Sofian Msetfi took over the stoves at this “beautiful restaurant situated within one of Mayfair’s best hotels” in May 2021: the interior is inspired by the 1930s, and lined with aged oak panelling. Initial reports applaud cuisine that has “interesting twists without trying too hard”. There are three tasting menus – five-courses (£50 lunch only) plus seven (£70) and nine-courses (£90), including vegetarian options, all delivered by staff who are “warm, welcoming and charming”.
“A delight!” – Shaun Rankin’s “exceptional” and “beautifully presented” cuisine at this posh, Mayfair hotel dining room wins acclaim from all reporters this year: “not sure why it doesn’t have a stronger following – highly under-rated”. He made his name on Jersey – an ‘ormer’ is a Channel Islands gastropod – before shifting to the capital in 2016. “It’s a beautiful interior, but the basement setting can make it a bit gloomy for lunch”.
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Have you eaten at Ormer Mayfair by Sofian, Flemings Mayfair Hotel?
Ormer has been voted one of the top five restaurants in London by the Hardens Restaurant Guide and is consistently rated as one of the top ten restaurants in London for Fine Dining on TripAdvisor.
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Sofian joins from his position as Head Chef of the Michelin-starred Oak Room at Adare Manor in County Limerick, Ireland. With an impressive 15 years' experience working at some of the most respected Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK and Ireland, Sofian will lead the new culinary direction at Ormer Mayfair, that will focus solely on tasting menus for an elevated dining experience.
Sofian's impressive career began at Michelin-starred Longridge Restaurant, before moving to The Hand and Flowers (two Michelin stars) under the mentorship of Tom Kerridge. Prior to joining Adare Manor, he spent four years at Midsummer House (two Michelin stars), working alongside Chef Patron Daniel Clifford.
There is no better way to experience our exclusive menus by Executive Chef Sofian Msetfi at Ormer Mayfair than to book one of the unique private dining rooms; the ideal setting for a special occasion or celebration, client entertainment or elegant company dinner.
Ormer Mayfair by Sofian, Flemings Mayfair Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"For a one Michelin star - exceptional service . Food - there were a couple of courses that were too ‘complex’"