This lovely Marylebone restaurant will serve you award-winning farmhouse cheese from a huge trolley.
Marylebone isn’t somewhere I would usually go to wine and dine. Mostly because, when somebody asks me where I’m going to eat, I like to be able to pronounce the answer. But The Orrery was worth the embarrassment.
The menu is full of French seasonal dishes, and we kicked things off with some délicieux starters that really set the bar high for the rest of the meal. We went for the Dorset crab with wasabi avocado and mango, and the potato and truffle ravioli with wild mushroom and butter emulsion. Both dishes were beautiful and full of flavour, so much so that we could have stopped there and left perfectly contented.
However, moving on to the main event, we certainly weren’t disappointed. The Tournedos Rossini, a gorgeous fillet steak served with celeriac and sauce Périgourdine was up there with one of the best steaks I’ve ever had. The meat cut like butter, and was cooked to perfection the only way it should be (medium rare, don’t @ me). And trust me: try it with a side of potato and winter truffle mousseline and you’ll be fantasising about that chunk o’ meat for a very long time.
Dessert is a difficult choice between sweet and savoury but, although both the orange tart and the rose water panna cotta with pear sorbet are incroyable, you could be eating award-winning cheese! From a big trolley! Choose from a selection of thirty different artisan cheeses, all curated by the restaurant’s very own ‘frommelier’ – the perfect end to the meal.
The restaurant itself has just had a stunning refurb, with a little help from interior designer David D’Almada of Sagrada. With gorgeous arched windows overlooking St Marylebone Church gardens and lovely lilac interiors, the look and feel of the place is just as delightful as the food.
Location: 55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, W1U 5RB. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 12 – 2.30pm and 6.30 – 10.30pm, and Sunday 12 – 3pm and 6.30 – 10pm.
Price: £54 for 2 courses, £59 for 3 courses. Wine starts at £7 a glass. Take a look at their set and speciality menus here.
More information: head to their website.