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A late lunch at The Orange

May 26, 2011

Looking for somewhere to meet for a late and lazy lunch near Sloane Square, we decided to try The Orange, part of the Thomas Cubitt group.

We arrived pretty late in the day for lunch but that turned out to be in our favour – the “Sunday rush” had ended and many diners were heading home, so no problem with us snaffling a table. Staff were friendly enough when we arrived and quickly seated us. A couple of glasses of Pimms soon arrived, accompanied by a supply of water as requested.

A look through the menu and we were spoilt for choice. It took a little while to decide but we plumped to share a dish of calamari before heading on to mains. The calamari was deep fried and came with a chilli sauce – the sauce was clearly homemade and all the better for it, the calamari were not the best I have ever had but OK.

We ordered a couple of glasses of wine to accompany the main courses. M had a glass of rioja to go with her peppered steak & baby onion pie, served with rosemary new potatoes and a side order of cabbage. I had a glass of chilean pinot noir with my Sunday roast of Kilvarock Farm pork rack with a spiced plum chutney and all the usual roast trimmings. I was very pleased that gravy was served in a small jug and that I had control – I do like to control gravy… ;-)

Portions at The Orange are huge! We were a little daunted at first but made a good attempt at clearing our plates. The pork rack was absolutely delicious and was served with perfectly crunchy crackling. M had only good things to say about her pie. The wines were fine and went well with the food.

After that a rest was in order before any attempt was made at dessert. Eventually we felt ready to continue so M ordered a pineapple, pomegranate and vanilla salad with raspberry sorbet and I went for the treacle pudding with rhubarb compote and rhubarb ice cream, along with a glass of pedro ximenez. Both desserts were delicious. M commented on how the vanilla added just the right amount of sweetness to the dish. The rhubarb flavours went very well with the treacle pudding and the px, as expected, was divine. We finished off with tea and coffee, before heading out into the early evening.

The dining area at The Orange is bright and airy and very welcoming. Tables are not too close together which adds to the feeling of spaciousness. The staff were happy to leave us to take our time over food – nothing was rushed. I really enjoyed the laidback approach at The Orange – it is inviting and somewhere we are sure to return to.

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