You’ve met Alice before, she joined me for my very first Michelin starred indulgence at Heston Blumenthal’s Dinner (see the post here). So I knew when I managed to secure a table for two, she’d be just as excited to visit as me!
Fera is relatively new to the London fine-dining crowd, having only opened in May this year but you wouldn’t know it, the whole experience is like a well-rehearsed piece of theatre. Simon Rogan is famed for his restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel and his technical but organic approach to cooking. Simon’s London pop-up Roganic had roaring success but unfortunately I never got the chance to go, so when I heard about Fera, I kept my finger firmly on the pulse.
The design of the room aptly reflects Rogan’s manifesto whilst also nodding to its Art Deco home. I mean, the tree is just awesome, no?
Alice and I hastily ordered our tasting menus, fully aware that it may take a little while to churn through THIRTEEN COURSES!
Puffed barley, smoked eel and ox-eye daisy.
Stewed rabbit with lovage.
Scallops and peas in buttermilk.
Winslade, potato and duck heart.
Crab, rhubarb, verbena and pork fat.
Aynsome soup, mustard cream, soft herbs and flowers.
Just look at those flowers!
The homemade bread and butter from Bermondsey was quite divine.
Cornish Lobster, pickled golden beetroot, dittander and sea herbs. This was lobster at its finest.
And…yep, we had wine on a Monday night…
Grilled salad, grilled over embers, Isle of Mull, truffle custard, sunflower seeds.
And Alice’s favourite, hake in a caramelised cabbage, potatoes in chicken fat with nastartium.
Hampshire strawberries with sweet woodruff and linseeds.
Sheep’s yoghurt, milk flakes, black cherries, Douglas fir.
Hazelnut jelly and banana mint chocolate.
Carrot and sea buckthorn (may not be everyone’s cup of buckthorn)!
And I believe these were orange macarons.
Fera’s not cheap but if you’re a real foodie and you’re looking to be at one with nature, whilst eating, then this is for you. Alice and I were both pretty chuffed (and stuffed) at the end of the culinary procession, so once again we headed on our way, already planning the next extravagance!