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Lunch today at Orris

ThatPat | Jan 13, 2005 05:55 PM

I tried Orris for dinner last week for the first time and, while I wasn't blown away (as I was at Mako, for example), I enjoyed most of what I had very much, particularly the lamb carpaccio.

They just started being open for lunch on Jan. 3, so today I decided to stop in. The menu is quite limited compared to dinner. One thing different is the prix fixe "3 course" lunch for $14.50, which is what I decided to try. The first two courses were served together on a long thin plate shaped sort of like a gondola--a nice little green salad with diced tomatoes in the house vinaigrette and an absolutely knockout tuna sashimi, lightly pan seared and topped with a soy oil/carmelized onion garnish. The third course was a small but adequately filling flat iron steak with a dollop of rocquefort butter on top (I had it on the side).

I almost had an extra portion of the sashimi but wanted to try another dish new to me, so tried the grilled romaine, sort of a warm ceasar salad. An interesting dish but not one I would try again.

Not very crowded yet at lunch. Absolutely worth it if you're in the neighborhood.

By the way, I saw Angelica Huston there with a small group of people as I was leaving. Weird coincidence, since I saw her last night in "The Life Aquatic," playing Bill Murray's wife.

The other "star" today, BTW, was Shiro himself (Mr. Yamashiro--chef/owner) running the open kitchen.

Nice lunch. Will go again soon.

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