Jersey is in a league of its own when it comes to homegrown produce – the field-to-fork mantra is truly embedded here. The fertile land sprouts Jersey Royal New Potatoes and orchards bloom with apples. Then there’s the deep blue waters surrounding the island offering oysters, crabs and lobsters. Not to mention the fluffy amber-coloured Jersey cows that provide rich creamy milk used to make butter, ice cream, yoghurt and cheese. And that’s all before you count the loaves of artisan bread, handmade pork pies and jars of delicious chutneys stacked on groaning deli shelves.
With all this to play with, there are so many brilliant places to eat in Jersey. It’s certainly impressive when you think what’s squeezed into an island that’s only nine by five miles. Chefs here have mastered the art of an English and French hybrid style of cooking, but also offer a range of globe-trotting cuisines!
We’ve combed through the island to bring to you our collection of the best restaurants in Jersey.
- Jersey Crab Shack
- El Tico
- Café Spice
- Little Thai
- Loungueville Manor
- Drifters Beach Bar & Bistro
- Lazin Lizard
1. Jersey Crab Shack
All the island’s top produce is fed into the menu at Jersey Crab Shack. It’s part of a family-run independent chain that has three locations since first opening in 1954, with restaurants in St Helier, St Brelade and Gorey.
The relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a laid-back dinner. Take a seat and flick through the menu to find the mains – they all sound so mouth-wateringly-good, it’ll be hard to choose just one. Start with a Jersey crab doughnut, oozing a caper mayo mix, then dig into a bowl of seafood linguine, laced with prawns, mussels and cockles. Finish with a slice of Jersey black butter cheesecake, topped with apple compote.
2. El Tico
Perched by the sea, El Tico is Jersey’s original beach café. Dinner with a view is in store here thanks to its incredible waterfront location. And the food is just as brilliant.
The menu is focused on using local ingredients, all while drawing inspiration from around the world. Come here in the evening and expect dishes such as king prawn jungle curry, steaming moules with Thai chill and coconut and Mexican pulled pork sandwiches with avocado salsa. A breakfast and lunch menu are also on offer, with equally delicious offerings.
3. Café Spice
In the mood for something a little different? Tuck into traditional Indian and Bangladeshi dishes at Café Spice. This Jersey establishment can be found in St Helier and offers a takeaway option, too.
Curry is the order of the day, with enough options to satisfy every type of palate, whether you love them super-hot or gentle and mild. Stick to your age-old favourite or plump for one of the specialities but know whatever you choose will be spiced to perfection. Don’t forget to order a naan bread to mop up any leftover sauce!
4. Little Thai
You’ll need to book a table in advance to sample the delights of Little Thai, Jersey’s top Thai restaurant. This cosy eatery in St Helier tucked down Hill Street offers authentic dishes, with all food freshly cooked to order. Wolf down chicken satay to start, then follow it up with the beef massaman curry or fried squid with spicy garlic sauce.
Need a bite to eat after a morning spent shopping? The Brasserie by Tiffin is the place to make a beeline for. Grab a table or take a seat at the stylish bar and choose from a line-up of lunch favourites. Sandwiches, sharing plates and traditional dishes such as cheesy fish pie and sausage and mash are all on offer. Or treat yourself to afternoon tea, with a classic feast of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones with jam and clotted cream.
6. Loungueville Manor
Inside a beautiful manor you’ll find this eatery, thought to be one of the best restaurants in St Helier and the whole island. And it’s got stacks of awards to prove it. Andrew Baird is at the helm and puts a simplistic and flavoursome spin on all his dishes.
There are two rooms to choose from when dining here – the 15th century Oak Room, best suited to romantic evenings, and the light and bright Garden Room, ideal for a meal with friends. If you want to pull out all the stops, plump for the seven-course tasting menu accompanied by a selection of fine wines.
7. Drifters Beach Bar & Bistro
This cosy restaurant in Le Harve des Pas offers traditional home cooking to punters Tuesday – Sunday. Doors open from 6pm, when you can enjoy dishes from its two or three-course set menu. Garlicky grilled gambas showcase the island’s local produce, while the deep-fried crispy cod fillet with crushed minted peas and hand-cut chips is its spin on the classic dish.
8. Lazin Lizard
Devour seafood with a fusion twist in the heart of St Aubin at Lazin Lizard. Prized starters include the finger lickin’ sticky cola ribs and pan-fried scallops with chorizo, while the seafood bucket will go down a treat! Don’t miss the cocktail menu, which features the restaurant’s own spin on classic tipples.
One of only two Michelin star restaurants in Jersey, Bohemia is a super stylish eatery, ranked among the top 15 places to eat in the UK. The classic dinner menu is £69 for three courses, with dishes such as seared scallops with truffle puree, slow-cooked turbot with Jersey oysters and glazed duck breast to choose from. But it’s all about the dessert here though. Save room for the raspberry and tarragon pudding or opt for the cherry parfait with beer ice cream.
10. Oyster Box
Seafood is served up in stunning surrounding at the Oyster Box. Set along the waterfront in St Brelade’s Bay, this restaurant offers sensational views across the glimmering sea. On a balmy summer’s day, its terrace is the perfect place to slurp down Jersey Rock oysters along with a chilled glass of wine. If you’re after something a little heartier, opt for the Thai green monkfish curry with grilled king prawns and steamed rice.
Posted: 1st Jan 2019.