Estrela by Orrery, a new concept restaurant, opened its doors to the gourmands of Karachi. This new eatery aims to bring dining to a new level by introducing fine-dining and a varied menu for its patrons, giving them the opportunity to experience French, American cuisine and BBQ specialties’, all under the umbrella brand of Orrery.
An Orrery, as the press release stated, is the ancient mechanical model of the solar system device that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moon. The restaurant taking influence from the best creation, which is universe, brings this perfect dining experience in which you go tasting and exploring flavors from round the globe.
Sharing his thoughts at the launch, Mehr-e-Azam, Chief Operating Officer, MSA Food & Beverage Industries (Pvt.) Ltd said: “We are offering some unique twists on classic French dishes and high-quality ingredients. There will be several items that will transport our guests to a whimsical French bistro with their first bite. We aspire to be an ultimate restaurant experience in Pakistan by offering three universal styles of dining under one roof, namely Estrela, Café Ocoa and O’grill - like the intricate cosmological model that lends its name, Orrery is redolent with attention to detail and elegance.”
Opulence defines both the cuisine and décor at this new restaurant as it pursues to become the premier choice for the city's elite. Orrery has tastefully employed the all-new international concept restaurant design featuring three stories, with an intimate fine-dining space, an open-air dining area and chefs flown in from Dubai.
Café Ocoa is an intimate space to enjoy an aperitif before heading through to the restaurant. Modern in style with an exquisite cigar lounge and distinctive coffee delights offers you a perfect environment to enjoy moments with your friends, family and colleagues. At the launch we were served snacks at Café Ocoa, a cold assorted sandwich with, with an oven baked thin crust pizza, and a slice of frozen chocolate cake, which was apt for the taste of the cigar-cum-mocktail lounge’s feel.
As for Estrela, a Spanish word that means a star undoubtedly shines in the hem of Orrery offering a complete dining experience offering divine Mediterranean Cuisine, offered a four course meal at the launch day. The welcome drink was a Mont Lemonade which was less frizzy and more tangy, the way I like my lemonades to be. This was followed by Smoked Tomato soup which was the best I have ever had, the taste was not very tomato-ish, this was more like sun-dried tomatoes cooked in a nice broth of peppery stock and Crevettes Salad which was iceberg, rocket leaves and thousand islands sauce served with prawns in pepper and vinegar, or so I felt. The prawns were soft and it would have been better if the salad had four instead of two prawns…but sigh, that is what fine-dining is all about, small serving potions! The main course, Polo Mandrino, was a pepper coated, crust fried chicken with basil sauce cooked with a dash of citrus/orange juice. The chicken was soft, succulent and tasted super good, the aroma was perfect and gave one the fair idea of how the meat was self-cooked in its own juices, with minimal or no use of oil at all. The pan-fried veggies served as sideline with the main course, were light, crisp and retained their colour which obviously made them more edible. The dessert was a palette of profiteroles which were probably prepared way in advance since the puff pastries were way too rubbery and the vanilla ice cream tasted watery. The only ones better tasting were the caramel toffee flavoured. The dessert was a bit disappointing.
O’grill, a secreted terrace is the perfect location to enjoy a live bar-b-que along with a selection of hot festive cocktails and warming dishes under the stars, overlooking the rooftops of the city of lights. Though it was not functional at the launch day, a look at the Red Emperor’s well-lit exterior gives one the feel of looking at Badshahi mosque, atop of the Cuckoo’s Den, this though a highly exaggerated comparison, but it gives one a hint and that nostalgic feel of the Lahore’s old city.
The restaurant is located at Plot # F-44, Block 4, KDA Scheme 5, Clifton.