Orasay

Fish, Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Orasay

Silver Award

Orasay is the definition of a neighbourhood gem. Trademark tells include infinitely stylish interiors that simultaneously give the impression of not trying too hard, and a clientele of regulars who seem blithely au fait with the staff and menu. It’s also located in the most neighbourhood-y of neighbourhoods. A mere hair’s breadth from Portobello Road deep in the heart of Notting Hill, its cream-coloured facade practically screams, ‘I’m cool as hell, but I’m not going to brag about it’. It's been open for over four years now, and we’d argue that it’s still one of the trendiest places to eat in west London.

A huge proportion of the restaurant's appeal should be owed to head chef Jackson Boxer, who’s been with the restaurant since the beginning. His dishes are clever, subtle and nuanced, from smoky grilled squid served with glossy onions and a mellow hazelnut sauce, to a sprightly combination of raw sea bass and peppery rocket in a zesty miso and olive oil dressing. Dishes come and go with the seasons, but one that sticks is the grilled potato bread, fantastically squashy, topped with whipped cod’s roe, citrus and chives. ’It never leaves the menu’, jokes our waiter, to which we exhale a small sigh of relief. Fragile strands of fresh tagliolini coated in a rich crab sauce are deftly balanced with lemon and chilli. Elsewhere, crispy-skinned cod is bathed in a pool of yellow sauce, similar to a thinned-out hollandaise, while notes of ginger and wild garlic add a third dimension. For dessert, smooth textures of chocolate and caramel find crunchy partners in the form of roasted hazelnuts and a paper-thin caramel shard.

To drink, an artsy wine list includes all your unfiltered, organic, orange and barrel-fermented types, alongside easy drinkers. It also helpfully explains the characteristics of each bottle for the less discerning amongst us. We'd argue Orasay is pretty pricey by any normal person’s standards, but if you’re electing to eat in Notting Hill, you should know the score by now. And at least you can guarantee a spectacular meal in return.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cuisines
Fish, Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Lively, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Orasay is named after an island found off the west coast of Scotland - spelled Orosay - where chef-owner Jackson Boxer holidayed as a child. He opened the restaurant back in 2019, with the aim of championing some of the best produce from across the British Isles, albeit with a major focus on fresh fish and seafood. Orosay is a proper neighbourhood bistro located in the heart of Notting Hill, with stylish interiors and a relaxed feel that attracts both local residents and those from further afield.

The menu is designed for sharing and includes a range of snacks, small and larger sharing plates. Although it changes with the seasons, at the time of writing examples of snacks include the likes of rosemary focaccia, fish eggs and smoked cream with crisps, and pickled vegetables. Starter-style dishes, meanwhile, includes its famous potato bread with cod's roe and citrus kosho, and wood-fried prawns with pickled kumquat and miso butter. While large plates tend to focus on larger pieces of fish - think wood-grilled cod with sprouting broccoli, ginger and garlic, or grilled skate wing with rainbow chard, mandarin and yeast butter. To finish, a small selection of sweet options includes the likes of rhubarb and strawberry with custard and ginger shortbread. 

The drinks list features a European wine list of red, white, rose and orange wines, and includes a handful of natural options. You can also find an ever-changing list of specials by the glass, along with aperitifs, digestives and dessert wines. 

Jackson also previously spent time at Brunswick House in Vauxhall and St Leonards in Shoreditch.


FAQs

Is there outdoor seating?

Yes, there is a terrace to the front of the restaurant.

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Does it cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, simply let the staff know of any allergies or dietary requirements.

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Location

31 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2EU

020 7043 1400 020 7043 1400

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-22:00
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed

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2 Reviews 
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Maryanne J

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Most amazing quality food and a lovely small menu with excellent wines

Christopher J

27 July 2019  
Delightful service. Excellent food. Fairly priced.
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