After attending a birthday brunch at Orreryâ€™s snazzy rooftop lounge, I made up my mind to come back to sample the Food at Mehr Azamâ€˜s newly opened restaurant at some point too, so I picked a sunny Tuesday afternoon and decided to treat my mother to a girly lunch date.
Orrery is a 3-in-1 combo, and let me tell you, thatâ€™s not an easy feat to manage and execute well. With three distinctive and individual restaurant styles packed under one roof, Orrery has something for everyone.
We were greeted by a warm and welcoming manager, and very polite staff. That always sets the tone! We decided to start our meal with the first floor, housing a fine dining restaurant called Estrela. The ambiance is that of any high-end restaurant; soft music, intimate lighting and a menu that leaves you spoilt for choice. We shared a smoked tomato soup, which was refreshing and not very heavy, and the house special gourmet salad, made with crispy fresh greens, pine nuts and turkey bacon. The fried calamari is a must-have, as is my personal favourite appetizer â€“ Camarones Picantes â€“chili prawns in a garlic and herb seasoning. The Poulet Farci was a delicious chicken stuffed with avocado with creamy white sauce. Other popular dishes from Estrela include the stuffed mushrooms and fried prawns. The Vivaneau Grille, a pepper crusted grilled fish in a garlic honey sauce, is an excellent choice for fish lovers.
The second floor houses the restaurant CafÃ© Ocoa. With big leather sofas, comfy armchairs, a cigar lounge and big screen TVs covering the walls, this level is definitely for the boys. Hosting special events such as cricket nights or private parties, CafÃ© Ocoa has a homey feel where you would go to just hang out with friends and munch on some delicious snacks. The CafÃ© Ocoa menu is filled with comfort Food. The trio burgers come with three different toppings â€“ mushroom, cheese and jalapeno â€“ with the jalapeno burger being the best of the lot. The open-faced vegetable sandwich, made on brown bread and topped with avocado, roasted bell peppers and asparagus is great for vegetarians and waistline watchers alike.Â The menu also consists of all-day breakfast and dinner items, consisting largely of American burgers, pizzas and sandwiches.
The rooftop, and my personal favorite part of the whole experience, is the Orrery Oâ€™Grill where they serve up delicious Lebanese and Brazilian BBQ with a live grill that starts after 7 PM. Beautifully decorated with a view of sea view beach, this rooftop has definatly got charm and is understandably the most popular restaurant of the three. It’s also a great spot for a brunch, a private party or dinner out with friends when the weather is good. The crew creates bespoke menuâ€™s and has an in-house event manager that can help assist as well. Oh, and the best part? Oâ€™Grill has individual mini grills placed on each table with your Food cooking on skewers right in front of you. I had my eye on the lobster, but chose to order the BBQ Skewer Farlidinha Steak, which had an authentic Brazilian taste, was extremely tender and was topped in a delicious Bordelais Sauce. The smoked taste of the meat and the effort in execution explains why the Oâ€™Grill is extremely popular and well worth the price.
Saving the best for last: no meal is complete without dessert. Even though we were bursting to the brim, we decided to try the strawberry pavlova and a bite each of the chocolate profiterole. Both come with our seal of approval!
So next time you want to dine out, and are looking for a fun new place with lots of character and Food that wonâ€™t disappoint, you know where to go.
- Where:Â Plot # F-44, Block # 4, Clifton, Karachi
- Dress Code: Smart-casual
- Contact: (021) 35878738-39 (Reservations recommended)
By Anusha Bawany