Marylebone-based Orrery is getting set to celebrate its 21st birthday on 10th February and, like any coming of age, it’s time for a bold new look for the French restaurant.
Having been serving up fine French cuisine since 1997, the award-winning Orrery has now had its doors closed since mid-January to prepare for a fresh, modern look to celebrate its 21st birthday – replete with a brand new menu to accompany it.
The original restaurant, designed by Sir Terence Conran is being completely overhauled by David D’Almada of interior design firm, Sagrada. As part of this new look, Orrery will ditch its chic white walls and wooden panelling, taking a new French-inspired palette of subtle blues, greys and lilacs.
Much of the new design uses the south of France as its focus, with everything from the furniture and the textiles draped over tables to the artwork and the detailing alluding to the region. As a result, diners will be able to enjoy Orrery’s exquisite cuisine whilst surrounded by lavender panelling and handmade terracotta pots. The restaurant’s iconic floor-to-ceiling arched windows overlooking St Marylebone Church courtyard will remain, filling the dining room with natural light and adding to the relaxed ambience and slow dining experience that we have basked in for the past seven years since the venue cemented itself on our “favourites” list.
However, the décor will not be the only thing marking the restaurant’s 21st birthday. A set of new dishes from chef patron Igor Tymchyshyn will accompany the launch. This sees the debut of plates such as Fillet steak tartare with a sourdough and truffle dressing and Kentish lamb wellington with salsify and garlic. Not everything about the menu will be changing, however, so local regulars will still be able to appreciate favourites such as Tournedos Rossini and Tymchyshyn’s speciality (and a must-try), Jerusalem artichoke risotto.
On the revamp, Igor says,
“In the midst of celebrating such a huge milestone for the restaurant, it was the right time to take on a more sophisticated look, while retaining the spirit of us being very much a neighbourhood restaurant. Orrery holds special memories for a lot of our guests and we are looking forward to creating new memories and continuing with our journey.”
In keeping with retaining those special memories, Orrery will continue to serve up their impressive after-dinner cheese trolley, the in-house ‘frommelier’ curating more than thirty artisan cheeses for visitors to enjoy either post-meal or as part of the restaurant’s regular cheese and wine evenings
The new-look Orrery is due to open its doors on the 10th of February 2018, and we here at Sated can’t wait to see if the charm of Orrery remains.
Words by Adam Barnes