With beautiful views overlooking the St Marylebone Parish Church Gardens from its first floor arched windows, classic French restaurant Orrery sits at the heart of Marylebone Village. We were drawn to Orrery during London Restaurant Festival, during which it offered a 3 course lunch menu and a glass of champagne for £35 – an offer that was hard to resist.
Although not enormous inside, the light flooding in from outside along with well placed mirrors makes Orrery feel a lot more spacious than it is. It would be fair to say that the more formal setting of Orrery means that it is not the location for a bite to eat during a lunch break, but more of a location for that special occasion or business meeting. Equally as important to note, however, is that it is not formal to the point of being inaccessible – it still manages to comes across as relaxed and friendly, thanks in part to the smiley and polite service.
With an exceptional London Restaurant Festival menu that made decision making extremely difficult we set sail on a seafood based route – beginning with a Seafood Ravioli in a lobster bisque followed by the Poached fillet of salmon served with crispy polenta and Champagne velouté as a main.
After some bread and a delicious amuse bouche enjoyed with our glass of Laurent Perrier Brut non-vintage Champagne, the Seafood Ravioli arrived, delivered with impeccable service by the waiting staff. Perfectly cooked, the ravioli was well complimented by rich and creamy Lobster bisque with which it was served.
The main dish that came next offered an equally well presented dish – fantastic presentation to be a theme found throughout Orrery’s menu. The poached fillet of salmon was cooked in classic French style, resulting in incredibly moist and tender salmon that almost melted in the mouth. The polenta offered an ideal crispiness to contrast the wonderfully soft salmon and with which to soak up the Champagne velouté – all in all very hard to fault.
Despite fairly small portion sizes in line with typical fine dining, the richness of the food (possibly along with our glass of Champagne) had left us approaching full capacity and in need of a siesta by this stage – but dessert beckoned. The lightest option appeared to be the selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets – once again arrived a beautifully presented selection of three bullet shaped delights. The two refreshing and fruity sorbets along with the vanilla ice cream were a superb finish to the meal.
For fine dining fans or those seeking that setting for a special occasion, Orrery is absolutely recommended, whilst its outside terrace has to be one of Marylebone’s hidden gems for a chilled glass of wine during the summer months.
55 Marylebone High St
Nearest Tube: Baker Street/Regent’s Park
Phone: 020 7616 8000
Website: Orrery Restaurant