Orrin is the new kid in town, having opened in mid November, it is a very much welcomed addition to the food scene in Morayshire. Offering fine dining which is accessible to all, Orrin certainly hits the mark in terms of food, drinks and service.
The restaurant is located on South Street, a corner position with large inviting windows, enticing you in for some good food and cocktails. There is a little bar area to the side where drinks can be enjoyed pre-dinner and then the restaurant and private dining take up the rest of the space.
We visited one Sunday lunchtime and had requested the 6 course tasting menu (why not!), something you need to do in advance for lunch service, but is available in the evenings. We received a warm welcome into the inviting space and were shown to our table – a little mini booth for two.
We decided to go with the matching wines for our tasting menu, something I always end up doing, partly because in most cases the restaurant know the best wines to match their dishes and frankly, I don’t! And in this case Orrin got it spot on, unpretentious delicious wines that complimented each course beautifully!
So, onto the food! We started with some fizz (white for him and pink for me!) which accompanied the amuse bouche, which was a Cauliflower Soup with Parmesan and Truffle Oil toasted Brioche. It was divine and the largest amuse bouche I think I’ve ever had!
Since things started on a high, we were looking forward to the next courses; a Smoked Wild Duck Breast, confit Leg, Parfait, Cherry Dumpling and Shitake Consumme followed by Orkney Hand Dived Scallops, Crispy Chicken Skin, Apple, Kohlrabi, Confit Tomato and a Shellfish Bisque. Both dishes were delicious, the cherry dumpling complimented the duck perfectly and on the second course the Shellfish Bisque was definitely the highlight, although the scallops were melt in the mouth!
Our final savoury course (of sorts!) was a Sirloin of Aberdeen Angus with Oyster Mushrooms, Truffle Potato Presse, Onion Puree, Bordelaise Sauce. I am not going to lie the beef was a little more pink than I usually like it, but like the scallops was melt in the mouth. But, the highlight of the dish was the Truffle Potato Presse, oh my, I could have had seconds, maybe even thirds of these! We rounded off the savoury section with the optional (for some!) cheeseboard, which came with 4 cheeses; a Brie, a Blue, a Goats and Truffled Cheddar and of courses crackers, oatcakes and chutney.
As a warm up to dessert, we had a pre dessert to ‘cleanse the palate’, an unusual offering of a Truffle toasted marshmallow with Mango sorbet. Sceptical at first, I can actually say it was a taste sensation, a combination of flavours I would never have put together! Our dessert was a Lemon Tart with Raspberry Sorbet and toasted Pistachios, the tart was slightly warm with a creamy lemon filling and the Raspberry Sorbet was just sweet enough to provide balance. Our final pairing was not actually wine, it was in fact a cocktail, I have to admit I can’t remember what it was – maybe a pineapple sour? But it was very tasty and a great way to end the meal.
Well we didn’t quite finish there, we ended off with another cocktail, the Orrin Old Fashioned, the old fashioned being one of my go to cocktails, and this one didn’t disappoint either.
We had a fantastic meal, in a beautiful restaurant and we are very much looking forward to coming back again, there are a lot more cocktails to get through! If passing through Elgin be sure to give Orrin a try.
2-6 South St