Congratulations on opening this email and double congratulations on reading this article. Your Thursday just became cooler than the other side of the pillow. Orelle, the highly (and I mean *highly*) anticipated 24th floor restaurant at 103 Colmore Row opens its doors October 14 and they're offering 50% off food to a set amount of I Choose Birmingham readers for the duration of a soft launch period.

Taking inspiration from the French words for ‘gold’ (or) and ‘her’ (elle) — Orelle's double-height beauty windows will offer extraordinary 360-degree panoramic views across Brum. But it ain't no one-trick-pony. The kitchen will be run by Chris Emery, who joins following positions at The Alice in Oxford and Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Pollen Street Social in London and The Clocktower in New York. So probably quite good then.

Offering a contemporary take on classic French recipes, Emery’s menu has been designed to showcase the best of British produce, and celebrate the stories behind locally-sourced ingredients. Dishes include blackberry cured ‘Truite’ for starter; ‘Porcelet’ suckling pig (which is where you'll find me) and ‘Citrouille’ tagliatelle for mains. Alongside the menu (which you can read here) is an extensive list of wines, spirits and more than 20 cocktails that have been created by Tiago Bastos – who previously worked at the The Grand Hotel and The Edgbaston. The signature Orelle cocktail, ‘Gold 75’, features Tanqueray 10, Choya Yuzu, fresh lemon and Taittinger, and it's Marie Curie-level genius.

Orelle’s interior pays tribute to the site’s heritage as the former NatWest House, whilst drawing influence from the Jewellery Quarter. The restaurant also showcases a hand-painted mural by local artist, Anita Roye, that will blow you away. Orelle is the first venture in the Midlands for hospitality group, D&D London, joining its portfolio of more than 40 restaurants, bars and a hotel in the UK, Paris and New York.

Anyway, you've stuck with me up to here so here's the pay-off, and it's a goody. Orelle will have 50 lunch and 50 dinner covers available each day for the entire soft launch period (October 6 to 12), exclusively for I Choose Birmingham readers and, during that time, it's 50% off food (not drink). By my admittedly weak maths that's 700 meals, all at an outrageous half price. They won't do this again.

To book please call the restaurant's reservation line on 0121 716 8186 quoting the I Choose Birmingham offer. Please have the email address with which you are subscribed to the e-magazine to hand, just in case. Bookings for this offer cannot be made online or on the D&D app, and the maximum table size is six. Bon apple teeth mon amis! FacebookInstagramwebsite