Jersey is a foodie delight with the freshest produce and some fantastic restaurants. One of our new favourites is Mark Jordan at the Beach, the sister restaurant of Ocean at The Atlantic. Mark has held a Michelin star at The Atlantic since 2007. At Mark Jordan at the Beach, Jersey, he holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand and 2 AA Rosettes. The Times voted it one of their best 20 places to eat by the sea in 2016. They specialize in delicious home cooking and it’s a great place for a group get together or romantic dinner – the views over the South coast are second to none.
It was a windy day but we were well sheltered on the terrace. As it’s a casual restaurant, I hadn’t expected the presentation to be quite so good but standards are clearly very high. We started with a glass of rosé champagne to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in style.
We enjoyed some complimentary appetizers that got us excited for the rest of our meal – anchovies and crab on toast, tasty olives and homemade truffle popcorn.
Then we tucked into a selection of freshly baked homemade bread whilst we looked at the menu. The walnut was my favourite. In addition to the à la carte, there’s a great lunch set menu.
I chose the pan seared Jersey scallops with sticky oxtail and pea purée my starter. This dish definitely lived up to expectations, with the soft scallops being enlivened by the addition of oxtail and fresh pea.
Paul is always a fan of prawn cocktail so his choice was easy – Jersey lobster and prawn cocktail with iceberg lettuce and Marie Rose espuma. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of espuma before and whilst this may look like a traditional Marie Rose sauce, it’s actually a culinary foam. Famous Spanish chef Ferran Adrià originally perfected the technique and its a lighter version of the traditional sauce with the added benefit of a more concentrated flavour.
We were both keen to eat a healthy meal, and continued with the fish theme for our main course. Paul went for an attractive whole grilled plaice with caper, prawn, cockle butter and more of those delectable Jersey new potatoes. The capers gave this dish a nice twist and added visual interest too.
I needed to get a lobster fix, so chose the half grilled Jersey lobster with thermidor sauce, new potatoes and seasonal fresh asparagus. It was a real highlight – simple but perfectly executed with each element being cooked for just the right amount of time.
We had saved a bit of room for dessert, and Paul opted for the homemade ice cream and sorbet, with a superb combination of lemon, blackberry and chocolate. Afterwards he was tempted by the coffee with homemade petits fours with their innovative presentation on lolly sticks.
I find it hard to resist chocolate if it’s on the menu, so picked the 55% chocolate pavé with coconut streusel and hazelnut ice cream. The quality of the chocolate was excellent and I’d just swap the hazelnut ice cream for a lemon or red fruit sorbet, but that’s purely my personal preference as I could taste the quality. I can see why Mark Jordan at the Beach, Jersey is so popular – it combines great service, a fantastic location with unfussy menus and seasonal ingredients. I hope that you like it as much as we did if you get a chance to visit.
What’s your favourite beachside restaurant?
Mark Jordan at The Beach, Jersey – La Plage, La route de la Haule, St Peter, JE3 7YD