Restaurant Review: Orrery in Marylebone, London
This elegant first floor eatery, situated above a converted stable block in Central Marylebone, not only shares its name with the intricate and periodic cosmological instrument, but truly follows suit in its meticulousness.
Orrery is a fine dining experience where you can be assured everything will run like clockwork. From the warm welcome you receive at the foyer to the carefully prepared aperitifs at the bar whilst you a wait to be shown to your seat, no attention to detail, big or small, is overlooked. The superbly balanced tasting menu, complete with accompanying wine selections, has been designed to satisfy your every expectation for French cuisine and is impeccable.
Head Chef Igor Tymchyshyn lets his Michelin star shine brightly here, with a menu adorned with seared diver caught Orkney King scallops, Escalope of red wine poached duck foie gras, Pavé of Salmon, herbed crust, wild mushrooms, braised Castelluccio lentils, and a Pannacotta, orange & Champagne terrine with fennel essence.
The Orkney King Scallop, butternut squash, truffle velouté; is a delight, posing as an entrée but claiming the victory as more of a savoury desert, with lashings of truffle sauce on a sweet and crisp biscotti, and the poached duck foie gras is as delicious as it is delicate.
However, the piece de résistance has got to be the after-dinner cheese board, which is actually more a three tiered trolley of creamy, crumbly heavenliness.
Orrery not only holds a reputation for outstanding food and service, but a rather superior wine list. Head Sommelier Shana Dilworth will guide you through a menu of unique and rare wines amongst some of the more classic finds, ensuring the perfect combination for your menu of choice. This is a real treat for the palette, as well as a wealth of rich wine trivia for the mind.
Address: Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, UK