THE ORRERY, MARYLEBONE
We visited The Orrery on the 26th October 2016.
The Orrery is situated next door to The Conran shop on Marylebone High Street. It is quite an impressive and elegant restaurant as you walk in, and they also have a very nice intimate lounge bar. In the summer they open up a small roof terrace too.
We had taken up an offer for £30 for a 3 course meal on Opentable.
The menu choices were as follows:
Pumpkin veloute, chestnut, ginger foam
Buffalo Mozzarella, pear, truffle honey
Chicken and duck foie gras terrine, apple, mustard dressing
Wild mushrooms and herbs risotto, parmesan
Kentish lamb fillets, courgette, pomme puree garlic and rosemary us
Pave of Salmon, crispy polenta, shellfish froth
Yoghurt pannacotta, figs, honey, sorbet
Plum Bakewell tart, milk ice cream
The tables were dressed beautifully. We were first offered several different styles of bread and butter. The waitress then came round with a warm choux pastry bun filled with a mixture of warm, runny cheeses, which were very nice.
Next came an amuse bouche with a spicy paprika bread stick.
The Pumpkin veloute was a very nice pumpkin soup, although we couldn't taste much ginger, a little more ginger would have been perfect. We felt this was the best starter out of the choice of three.
The Chicken and Foie Gras terrine was ok but a little too much gelatine.
The Mozzarella and pear with truffle honey was exactly how it was described.
With the Lamb, it was rolled into a kofta shaped lamb and cooked well done it was very flavoursome, and we definitely wanted seconds of the well done version. However our guests that had it cooked medium or rare didn't find it had so much flavour.
The salmon was described as nice but described as “nothing to write home about”.
We were served a lovely palette cleanser.
The plum bakewell tart was just ok, if not a little dry and definitely needed the milk ice cream. We wouldn't order it again.
The yoghurt pannacotta was not as you imagine a pannacotta to be, as a creamy moussey type texture, this was a more solid style pannacotta, so the texture was weird but the taste was nice.
We were then served with a lovely mix of home-made chocolate truffles.
All in all we gave the food an average of 6 out of 10. The restaurant is lovely and the meal is certainly ok and for £30 a head with this Opentable special offer it is a pretty good deal. And if you happen to be in Marylebone looking for something to eat in a nice environment this could be a place to go. However we find that the standard of food across London is very high nowadays, and The Orrery does not really match up to that standard that some of the Michelin star restaurants in London are offering now. And as one of my guests pointed out, that although this is a French restaurant we found the food to be more European than French.