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This serene, elegant Marylebone dining room with bucolic views through arched windows produced a meal that astonished us in every way. The Ukrainian chef Igor Tymchyshyn has achieved the seemingly impossible – a £26 menu du jour of exceptional beauty, glamour and flavour.

A starter of lobster bisque with seafood raviolo was pure luxury; chicken liver pâté was served on a raft of toasted Poilâne, heaped with tangy apple chutney and scattered with pea shoots. A main course of salmon was offered – and came – slightly pink, its quotidian flavours transformed by caramelised fennel and butternut squash; beef à la bordelaise was tender and fabulous. Crème brûlée came with a half moon of candied nuts, a lovely rainbow of spring colours. Every detail, down to the amuse-bouche (parsnip purée with white truffle foam) was faultless, and we loved the Japanese-style presentation with its asymmetric shapes.

The wines (around £9 a glass) aren’t cheap, but the obliging French sommelier, one of an all-female trio, replaced our dry and unforgiving Loire chenin with a fruity riesling without demur. Dine on the rooftop terrace in summer and save up for the £60 menu gourmand (scallops, lobster and foie gras).



Venue name: Orrery
Address: 55 Marylebone High Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.15pm, dinner served 6.30-10.15pm daily
Transport: Tube: Baker Street or Regent's Park tube
Price: Set lunch £23 & £34 2 courses, £26 & £38 3 courses; (Sun) £29.50 3 courses. Set dinner (6.30-7pm, 9-10.15pm Mon-Sat) £26 3 courses; (Mon-Sat) £49 3 courses; (6.30-8.30pm Mon-Sat) £60 tasting menu (£110 incl wine)
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Orrery has just undergone a new revamp of its menu, bringing in a new top chef. The food is not cheap, and it really exudes a very upper-class and chic vibe. However, the food is indeed the main attraction of this place, which is how I like my restaurants to be. I cannot stop thinking of the amazing steak tartare I had there, and even the Tournedos Rossini (steak and foie gras for those uninformed - I had to google too!) was top notch. The dishes were inventive and had a modern twist to most of them. Service was excellent as well and the long sofa seats were one of the most comfortable I have been in. It almost feels as though they WANT you to sit there for the whole night eating and drinking. I can't wait to return!


High end dining, fantastic service and amazing French cuisine. The Orrery has it all. Having booked the ES 3 course menu which included a glass of fizz, I was both surprised and delighted to have the extras of an amusbuche and pre dessert desert plus the amazing cheese bread. Celebrating my 40th birthday was made extra special, the table was semi private and set in the wine cellar overlooking the park. The staff attentive and constantly checked in on us, a great evening of fine dining. The extras charge for the upgrades was worth it as everyone has an amazing evening.


Can I describe in adequate words how full I was when I left Orrery? 

No I can't but suffice to say I was still unable to eat a full meal until the next evening. Whilst this may just be an indication of my incredible greed I like to think it's actually a true reflection of how delicious the food was. 

First things first, the space. It's nestled in Marylebone village, on a cobbled corner and from the outside looks extremely cosy and intimate. The whole ground floor is lit by flickering candles and seems to be a cheese and wine bar. Upstairs is an entirely different affair. Huge windows make the space light and airy, perfect for not quite summer dining (for the height of summer they also have a roof terrace but we sadly did not get to make use of that). It's a lovely place to spend a few hours. One small criticism is that there is no background music at all. You can nearly hear a pin drop. Rather disconcerting. Also, and it may just be that we were there on a Tuesday evening but, we were the youngest by a good 20 years or so which unfairly gave the place a rather stuffy air. Hopefully we can spread the word to the younger generation!

We got through three courses at our time in Orrery all of which were perfectly cooked, arrived with immaculate precision and were so delicious that I ate well past the point of being full (did I mention I was greedy?) Standouts for me were the herb crusted seabass stuffed with mushrooms and accompanied by beetroot veloute. So beautifully done. Plus I probably would have married my creme brulee if I could. 

But it's the little touches here that really put Orrery in another league. We were served the most delicious amuse bouches and platate cleansers throughout the evening which really took our evening to another level. The service was also impeccable without being oppressive. 

Potentially not the place for a raucous friday night but for a quiet, sophisticated evening of extremely excellent food you need look no further. 


Orrery located on my favourite street in London, Marylebone High Street. So close to the heart of London, Oxford Street but not like Oxford street full of tourists and busy shoppers. It's a sophisticated restaurant is on the first floor of the Conran Shop next to a pretty little park.

They have the most beautiful plates and cutlery for every dishes. Even their trolly for bread and cheese is exquisite. 

Their set menu also comes with amuse bouche and pre-dessert which makes the whole meal really special. Top service for a restaurant, too. Perfect place for a romantic dinner. Orrery also hosts wine tasting event from time to time. For £30 you can taste 4 glasses of wine/champagne with pairing canapés. Restaurant sommelier and a wine expert will be there to guide you through the tasting. Totally recommending for the wine lover to check their website for upcoming events! 

top drawer !!! great if you don't have 20 20 vision - but don't want to eat like you are in Tesco's - its light, bright and nice - food great - staff well trined and extreamly nice


We were confused by the website. There was a menu called Dinner Menu Du Jour - 3 courses for £32. We didn't see that there was a small text saying that it's available only at 6:30pm and 9pm onwards. It should be more clear and also mention until when it's available.

Had the set menu, great value for money the food and service was amazing. Really great experience, friendly staff, lovely restaurant and atmosphere, exceptional service and very high standards. Quality of food was excellent and some of the nicest food I have had. Portion size was good and the cheese trolley was the best I have seen. So many cheeses to choose from! Would recommend this to anyone and also would go back

Special Offers

Lunch Menu: 2/3 courses at £24/29

From a set menu (2/3 courses £24/29). Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service. Valid For: 1 - 6 People Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

Offer valid until Aug 1 2018