For worthy eating and drinking experiences around Wellington, NZ (and the greater region) – you can also catch Heather out and about hosting Zest Food Tours around the city…

Ortega Fish Shack

Ortega is still one of Wellington’s best fish restaurants (in my humble opinion of course!).  Just quietly going about its business (and they do great WOAP events).

Ortega fish

Interesting flavour combinations (jerk salmon on a salad of beetroot, chickpeas and spiced cashews with pineapple chutney; salad of warmed smoked Scottish kipper, goats milk edam, beetroot and watercress; smoked white warehou, asparagus, black pudding, pear relish and a golden egg; snapper with a fennel, mussel, roasted red pepper and Pernod broth, saffron mayo; and plenty more….), superbly cooked and presented, and excellent service.

And a tasty Italian white wine special offered up as a seafood compliment with lovely viscosity, crispness and finish (yep it was).  And best of all, in half glass sizes for those of us who must try harder!

Ortega decor

I really enjoy the touches here of staff wearing matching leather builders aprons but their own individual fashion beneath, salt and pepper presented in shells on driftwood, a nice air flow through the restaurant on a warm evening, and interesting pictures and stories on the walls (check out upstairs).

Long live Ortega.

16 Majoribanks Street.

Ortega map image

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