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|Address:||37-39 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NE|
|Tel:||020 7881 9844|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 8am-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12M Sun -10.30pm)|
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It's a good thing to have a place like The Orange just round the corner. I'm a fairly regular visitor, and am always impressed by the quality of their food (the lunchtime pizzas are particularly good for a lazy weekend…), but my most recent experience has pushed me to publicising my opinions beyond my own front door.
I recently organised a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend, and booked the Henry Guest table for 12 on a Saturday night. The set menu was £35 a head for 3 courses. Despite the variety on offer, most of us went for potted pork (more like rillettes, to be honest, and extraordinarily delicious), rump steak with the best chips I've had for ages, and a death-by-chocolate dessert. The wine wasn't bad at all either – I went for the cheapest on the menu for the sake of economy, and was very pleasantly surprised.
It wasn't the food, however, that made the evening so good (superb though it was). Our waitress was one of the most accommodating I've come across. In addition to being attentive with respect to drinks, she was patient with what was quite a noisy crowd and went the extra mile to make the occasion special. For example, I hadn't ordered a birthday cake, so asked for a candle to go on my girlfriend's pudding. However, in addition, our waitress arranged for the pastry chef to write a birthday message around the edge of the plate. After living in London for a while I've become used to feeling like part of a conveyor belt when it comes to service, or subject to ‘have a nice day’ psychology – but this simply wasn't the case with the Orange.
The only tiny gripe I had was with the comfort of the furniture. The HG table has a bench seat across the back wall that doesn't bear up to being sat on for 3 hours!
But other than that, I couldn't recommend The Orange more highly.