loti eats | orrery

Orrery in Marylebone recently celebrated its 21st birthday and like many 21-year-olds, it decided a new look was needed. It recently reopened its doors and along with revamped decor there’s a new menu to boot. French cooking is still the name of the game, and there’s a good selection of the classics alongside some more modern dishes and the legendary cheese trolley.

We worked our way through the tasting menu on a recent early dinner visit – we’d recommend making an early booking to make the most of the daylight from those floor to ceiling windows. The menu kicked off with a seared duck foie gras, pear and brioche dish, served with an incredible sweet wine to cut through the richness. This was followed by a pretty looking Dorset crab, wasabi, avocado & mango creation; butter soft tournedos rossini with celeriac; a visit from THAT cheese trolley with no less than 30 cheeses to choose from; and a rhubarb dessert with contained the spring insta-famous fruit cooked three different ways.

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Wines were perfectly paired, there’s a lot of space between tables – a rarity these days as most restaurants can’t afford to rent anything bigger than a broom cupboard and when they do, they need to pack them covers in – and even though the food is fine dining we didn’t feel too fussed over. Great place to take the oldies, especially those hard of hearing.

55 Marylebone High St, London W1U 5RB