All reader reviews by Anonymous
I took 11 friends for dinner at L’Oranger a few weeks back. We meet two or three times a year to “eat out” in various restaurants across Europe so our expectations are high. L’Oranger did us proud and I would rate our meal in the top three of all those eaten to date.
The build up to the meal had been an enjoyable experience. I chose L’Oranger mainly because of all the positive reviews that I had read. I wanted a top-class but unpretentious restaurant with private dining facilities. The location cannot be faulted and the restaurant itself is very welcoming. Nordine, front of house, happens to be from the same part of France in which I used to spend my teenage summer holidays – so conversation was easy and a trip down memory lane. Yoko organised the evening effortlessly, and Lucio, the sommelier, was as erudite as he was passionate about his wine. To accompany our menu dégustation, he recommended a versatile Chablis and Aloxe Corton (domaine Claude Chevalier), and a sweet Italian red to go with the foie gras – all were remarkable.
The food itself was out of the top drawer. I particularly liked our starter, a creamy soup of Jerusalem and globe artichokes with a “cromesquis” of foie gras, and the first desert, a blood orange and lemon confit topping a caramel ice-cream and vanilla and cinamon mousse. Others thought the scallops and steamed leeks, with truffle and Jurançon sauce stole the show. The only disappointment was a Caribbean chocolate soup served as second desert. Its decoration of compote of carrots with cardamom carrots and tropical sorbet was a desert in itself. A rich, pungent coffee and mignardises rounded off a great occasion.
This was a great meal, ably and discretely served by our dedicated waitress in the private dining room on the lower ground floor. If the “à la carte” menu upstairs has another few jewels on it, then, surely, the Michelin star will come home to roost.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8