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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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The Orange is a top venue for a weekend lunch. We were seated in the upstairs dining room which is formal enough with its linen napkins to make you feel they've made the effort whilst still being light and airy enough for it to feel casual and relaxed. The menu is surprisingly broad with everything from rock oysters to rabbit and except for one obvious omission (where is the burger, brave menu maker?) there really is something for everyone. I had a pizza (normal-based but I could have had a spelt one, fancy!) which had a great combination of toppings with prosciutto, artichoke, aubergine, mushrooms and goat's cheese. Unfortunately it was a little bit overcooked and not quite up to the standard you now get in an Italian pizzeria. My 2 girlfriends looked happy with the fish and the pie dishes they ordered, which were beautifully presented, although perhaps a bit on the small side. It's all more heartfelt than hearty. I finished with a baked chocolate mousse cake which (I never thought I would say this about any chocolate dessert) was a bit too densely rich; the exquisitely sharp compote and cream which were served with it were too small to save it. So the food for me was a fraction off beat. None the less I'd return as I think it's all on the right track and perhaps I could pick better dishes. Unlike the food menu, the wine list is brief and to the point with only 10 or so pedestrian choices for each colour but we were happy enough with the Sauvignon. The service is spot on: they are there when you want them (topping up your wine) and invisible when you don't (gossiping) and they ask us in the nicest possible way if we would like to move downstairs when they start setting up for a private evening party. At under £30 a head, I think it is pretty good value for a very genial venue where you'd be happy to meet friends or family.