Nestled in the middle of Notting Hill, Orasay is a cosy and intimate restaurant that specialises in seafood. Inspired by the western isles of Scotland, Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke has opened this little jewel that is definitely worth a visit. The restaurant interiors are simple and yet stylish and welcoming. On warm sunny days, the restaurant front is completely open allowing its diners to enjoy the beautiful weather. You can choose to sit indoors or outside and indulge in some people watching whilst sipping a delicious cocktail. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and is great for a catch up with friends, a relaxed date or a business lunch during the day.
The menu is varied and has a focus on fish and seafood. It has recently been updated to include some new dishes that are well priced, especially considering the freshness of the seafood. The menu is reliant on their organic farm in West Sussex to supply leaves, vegetables, honey, eggs, and on the work of similar farmers who share Jackson and Andrew’s ethos. However if you are a meat lover, you will still have tasty dishes to choose from. The chef has thought of everything and there are different options available depending on what you are after and how hungry you are. There is a selection of appetising tapas style snacks available. The fried bread with anchovies was fluffy and yet crispy and the saltiness of the anchovies completed the dish perfectly.
With the guidance of our lovely waitress Maya, we sampled a selection of entrees and mains. The entree of the Isle of Mull Diver scallops was to die for. It was cooked to perfection and the scallops just melted in our mouths. The wine sauce and the mushrooms were a heavenly match to the scallops. No wonder this dish is one of the most popular and has remained on the menu since opening. It really was one of our favourites. The fried soft shell prawns were also very tasty, although it can be a bit fiddly if you are not keen on eating them whole.
The grilled sea bass and lobster were mouth watering creations that we also had the pleasure to discover. They were both flawlessly cooked as they remained soft and juicy. Our tastebuds danced with delight at the buttery goodness of the lobster and freshness of the claw dumpling. The sea bass and its accompaniment was again the perfect combination and very flavoursome. The roast cauliflower was tasty and works well as a vegetable dish.
For dessert we had the Chocolate Cru Virunga, yellow peaches and the brown bread ice cream. The brown bread ice cream with popped corn was unique and nice to discover. The yellow peaches with buttermilk and almonds were perfectly delicate and refreshing. It made me reminisce of my childhood and the delicious desserts lovingly made by my very own cordon bleu.
There are delicious wines on offer as well as yummy quenching cocktails to work your way through. They also have delicious non alcoholic drinks such as cucumber soda or home made lemonade.
We had a fabulous time lunching at Orasay. The conversation and giggles flowed as we were spoiled with tasty dishes, lovely wine and the kind attention of Maya and the team.
31 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU
Tuesday: 6pm – 12am
Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm