Ormer Mayfair at Flemings Mayfair

Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Ormer Mayfair at Flemings Mayfair

Gold Award

From the moment you step into the smart lobby of Flemings Hotel, you’re coddled in the sort of old-fashioned luxury that venerable Mayfair institutions do so well. Nothing is too much for the superb team here, who are only too ready to find us a space in the busy Manetta’s Bar whilst we wait for our table. Manetta’s is a classic hotel bar - plush, cosy and well-stocked.

Like the bar, Ormer isn’t winning any interior design prizes, but the restaurant is a blank canvas for chef Sofian Msetfi’s smart, modern cooking. The wood-panelled walls and immaculate tablecloths scream for traditional cooking, but Msetfi’s food goes one better, carefully walking a tightrope between classic and contemporary. The menu opens up with a great example - a Waldorf salad in flavour but dressed differently, with ingredients pooled in a celery broth.

There are little tweaks elsewhere that in less capable hands could go very wrong. Scottish langoustines risk ruin next to a vanilla and saffron sabayon, but the results are superb, conjuring the breezy, sun-kissed vibe of a Provencal bouillabaisse. Whilst some dishes press the boundaries of your comfort zone, others sit right in the middle of it - a brown butter mille-feuille of Tuma chocolate and Tahitian vanilla ice cream, for example. At some point, an enormous cheese trolley rattles past, loaded so heavily that it looks rather hard to get around the dining room.

A special mention for wine service which is absolutely outstanding. The accompanying wine pairing dives from old to new world, taking in robust Madeira and a superb Tokaji. It can feel sometimes that London’s restaurant scene is a merry-go-round, spinning slightly faster than we’d like; among all the hype that comes and goes, Ormer, we hope, will never change.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Ormer, housed in the plush Flemings Hotel and headed up by executive chef Sofian Msetfi, has become a staple of Mayfair fine dining, boasting a Michelin star and many other accolades. Msetfi brings his elegant flair to the table in the form of a variety of tasting menus - including vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian options - as well as breakfast in the mornings. As one might expect from a Mayfair restaurant of this calibre, there is an extensive wine list featuring some of the finest bottles in London. 

Breakfast at Ormer includes a wealth of classic, light and indulgent options. Alongside a full continental featuring cured meats and cheeses, smoked salmon, baked Viennoiseries, fresh fruit salad, cereals and yoghurts, you can also find plenty of cooked options, such as brioche French toast, omelette Arnold Bennett, and baked eggs 'en cocotte'. 

Msetfi's tasting menus are centred around seasonal ingredients sourced from Ormer's dedicated suppliers, as well as produce from its kitchen garden in Essex. Drawing on a wealth of influences and cooking techniques, dishes include the likes of Sicilian tomato peas, broad beans and vanilla, cured Cornish mackerel with sesame, kombu and spiced nage, and roast Anjou pigeon with mushroom and lime. All menus begin with a selection of canapes, and finish with a 'petit bun' and sweets. While the dessert section of the menu includes the likes of Caramelia and malt ‘gateaux’ with honey vinegar and Madagascar vanilla ice cream.

Two tiers of wine pairings are available - signature and prestige - although diners can choose their wines for themselves thanks to a comprehensive list. Bottles from Ormer's cellar, sweet and fortified wines, and pink, orange and biologically aged wines are all on the menu.


What is the dress code?

The dress code is smart casual.

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What is the menu like?

There are tasting menus available (including a vegetarian option) with five courses for lunch and six or eight courses for dinner. The menu features seasonal British produce including fresh seafood, locally sourced ingredients and foraged herbs.

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Can you book?

We advise you to book a table in advance.

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Meet the team
Ormer Mayfair at Flemings Mayfair

Sofian Msetfi

Executive chef

Chef Sofian Msetfi has more than 15 years experience working in top UK and Ireland kitchens, most recently acting as head chef of the Michelin starred Oak Room at Adare Manor in County Limerick. Now, he brings his culinary know-how to Ormer, serving three seasonally changing tasting menus which champion modern British cooking.

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Flemings Mayfair Hotel, Half Moon Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 7BH

020 7016 5601 020 7016 5601


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue 18:00-21:00
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:00
Fri 18:00-21:00
Sat 18:00-21:00
Sun Closed


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9 Reviews 

Nicola T

24 September 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5


27 March 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

A delight from start to finish. The staff were so enthusiastic and obviously enjoyed working in their environment. The food was outstanding - we had the tasting menu and accompanying wine and it was just wonderful. 

Jeremy K

14 November 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4.5
Fantastic food

Wonderful food, beautifully presented and an interesting range of tastes and textures. A wonderful night out, and we could actually hear each other at our table.

Sonia T

28 June 2019  
Incredible food - one of the best steak tartare's of my life. Intimate, love the art deco vibe.

Stefania G

28 June 2019  
Beautiful food in great dining room.

Paul A

19 September 2018  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Inventive classic
The dining room is in the classic hotel style and the welcome properly matched this. Shaun Rankin’s tempting tasting menu offered an interesting mix of four starters, a fish course and a meat course, plus a pre-dessert and dessert, and the wine list was certainly up to Mayfair standard, with some very good wines by the glass and in half bottles. The obligatory sourdough bread came with nice herb butter, and our first taster was some delightful smoked haddock foam with cubes of potato. We found the first starter very refreshing, the super olive sorbet delightfully matching several varieties of beetroot and a goat’s cheese topped with truffle honey. What was entitled tuna sashimi was notable for a brilliant scallop ceviche, a lovely avocado sorbet and an all-round mixture of flavours. The beef tartare was not quite as convincing, having a vinegary side which took a while to die down and allow the smoked oyster mayo to come through. Somehow the crunchy toast element did not work either. We were struck immediately by the lovely aroma from the rabbit loin wrapped in pancetta, and the flavoursome meat was enhanced by some delicate truffle oil along with herb gnocchi, interesting coco beans and tasty girolles. Our fish course was the king of fish, perfect turbot with a superb nut crust accompanied by a variety of sea herbs and different textures of cauliflower, but we were not convinced by the pickled cockles. The main was Scottish venison, which was nice and tender but not medium rare as promised, along with sweet parsnip, dates and a chocolate smear. The delightful pre-dessert came in the form of dehydrated strawberry crunch, watermelon and a creamy foam, and this was swiftly followed by coconut mousse in white chocolate as well as a coconut sorbet with pineapple and mango providing a nice counterbalance. Generally an enjoyable experience and one that we would hope to repeat.

Caroline W

27 June 2018  
Excellent food and service. Lunch menu is good value and the venue is very relaxing.

Andrew R

21 March 2018  
Very enjoyable and good service.

Andrew R

28 May 2017  
Beautifully presented and tasty food.
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