Brilliant bisque

Last night, I finally fulfilled one of my foodie fantasies and visited The Orrery on Marylebone High Street. Situated within a converted stable, The Orrery makes for a cosy, yet intimate setting with starched tablecloths and large, O-shaped picture windows overlooking the churchyard. It also has a roof terrace which will be a complete gem in the summer. (I’m coming back for Pimms with the girls!)

This restaurant is part of the D&D London group so you are guaranteed a certain standard of cuisine and having read excellent reviews of The Orrery, I was keen to try this for myself. The menu centres around modern french cooking using fine ingredients – something head chef Igor Tymchyshyn takes great pride in, particularly his truffles which have a menu of their own!

The highlight for me was the handmade seafood tortellini in a lobster bisque. For those of you not in the know, a bisque is a rich and creamy soup, traditionally made with pureed seafood or vegetables. This particular bisque was foamy, yet full of flavour and the tortellini was light, filled with with delicate segments of crab meat and prawns.

I won’t go into detail, but suffice to say after 3 courses, 3 amuse-bouches and a delicious bottle of Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand we were all suitably content. I will certainly be returning in the summer and taking advantage of some roof-top sun worshipping!

(Book a table at The Orrery or pick up a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc at The Wine Reserve for £10.99.)

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