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London: Orrery and Napkins

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London: Orrery and Napkins

randy | Sep 16, 2001 08:31 AM

sick to death of sitting at home and watching the news, we went out to Orrery (above Conran's, on Marylebone High Street) on friday night. quick report:

appetisers: chef's special tuna carpaccio was nice enough, but nothing special. one member of our party is allergic to seafood and was provided with a nice vegan option after a few minutes.

we were split on the crab canneloni: i loved it, one other person found it dissapointing. should have written this report sooner, as i can't for the life of me remember what other starters people had.

mains:
the john dory was thick and meaty and flavorful. started out a little boring, but the flavor built nicely as the dish went on. roast pigeon was delicious.
lamb end portions looked a bit small; i didn't get a taste.

afters:
strawberry souffle was far too good to ever eat again. blackberry sable with granny smith apple sorbet was just good enough that i could go back and eat it again and again.

napkins/service:
napkins were not replaced, but refolded an placed on the arm of the chair every time someone got up. cigarettes were lit, at least for the ladies. it was a bit extravagent for my tastes, but in a good way.

bill (including 3 or 4 bottles of wine -- sorry, we'd been at the pub for a while before dinner) came to about 80 quid a head.

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