Other than hitting the nail on the spot with bringing Kareena Kapoor and many other Bollywood stars in their TV Commercial, the owners of the infamous Q-mobile launched a French restaurant by the name of "Orrerry" in Karachi, Pakistan on the 10th of January 2014.
Orrery sprouted along Clifton Block 4, previously known for being a residential area is now quickly turning into a fine dining food street (along with a few parlors in case you need a makeup touch up or a blow dry before lunch/dinner).
Orrery is inspired by the French Restaurant of the same name in London. Zeeshan Akhtar Qureshi is the man behind this experiential 3 in 1 Fine dining concept. One Place, 3 levels, 3 different food experiences:
2. Cafe Ocoa
They were not joking when they mentioned around the globe. The restaurant offers an array of mouth watering cuisine. At the time of the Orrery Launch only Estrela was functioning but I look forward to having coffee at Cafe Ocoa and some juicy meat at O'Grill in the near future.
Architecture and Interior:
The Restaurant, as already mentioned, is divided into three sections. The ground floor is reserved for fine dining with Estrela, first floor is the cafe and the roof top terrace is the grill. There is an outdoor sitting area as well on the ground floor. The overall architecture / interior is very contemporary. Clean crisp lines, cool greys and whites. The monotony of the linear structure is broken by the indoor (as well as outdoor) modern miniature eco sections and waterfalls juxtaposed with lit up artistic, modern sculptures in wall niches and otherwise. The over all, space is comfortable. Qmobile should shoot their next commercial here ;) A formidable task, elegantly executed.
The Food Experience (Estrela):
When I arrived the place was already packed. The social media was ushered to the 'Cafe' area to wait, thanks to Moiz Kazmi who was handling digital media PR at the event. On inquiring about food we were handed a sandwich and a pizza slice in a foil paper plate. This was a fine dining experience that I had never witnessed before.
We were served "dessert" in the form of a slice of chocolate cake. I didn't try it but my fellow bloggers said it tasted like frozen cake but the chocolate in it was good.
When we were on our way out the representatives of the Event and PR agency handling the event, Xenith, assured us that what we got was just refreshments while we waited. The real food will be served. We were ushered to our seats in the fine dining area, Estrela.
The main dish, Polo Mandrino, was a pepper crusted chicken with orange basil sauce and sideline of fresh as well as lightly pan fried veggies. The sauce was well balanced, not to sweet. Enjoying something sweet yet savory is a sign of a good dish. My chicken was a bit dry though. I took a bite off my friend's chicken as well and found it succulent. Overall, it was a good dish, just make sure to emphasize on not overcooking your chicken and you will leave with a smile, not an aching jaw.
I didn't see this on the menu so unaware of the price.
The overall experience was good. A few celebrities like Wasim Akram, Aamir Liaquat, Zhalay Sarhadi and Saima Azhar were spotted though I expected more.
Portions: Varied (not for the heavy eaters. You honestly should never compare Nihari inn or Biryani center to Fine Dining restaurant which sadly most locals do!)
Would I suggest a Visit: Yes, its good.
P.S: NOTE To whoever decided on serving refreshments in a Foil Paper plate! First impression is the last impression. Thank God the rest of the food saved the day. Next time it wont hurt to use a simple white plate. Presentation is the key.