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!
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.