After having such an amazing dinner at Ortolana during its first month of opening, my friends and I decided to stop by for a late lunch. Our day did not start out well as Auckland was hit with a horrible thunderstorm and we were drenched by the time we reached Ortolana. Despite the weather, the place was packed with diners, but we were lucky enough to get a table inside and we started our meal with a refreshing cool drink. I had a lovely unsweetened iced coffee while we mulled over the menu.
I tried their soft folded eggs which were unbelievably fluffy and this was served with house smoked mackerel and greens. Smoked fish is quickly becoming one of my favourite ways to eat fish, I’ve been enjoying the distinctive smoky taste combined with the flavours of the fish. The soft folded eggs was slightly under seasoned so it was just right when eaten with the flaked fish.
As for my friends, one ordered the market fish (snapper) with garden harvest which I had for dinner last time, while the other enjoyed the granola served with poached pear and yoghurt mousse. The granola had a combination of rolled oats, toasted quinoa, almonds and various seeds. The yoghurt and pear had just the right amount of sweetness and the use of quinoa in granola is such a good and tasty idea!
It is great to see restaurants being able to provide the same high standard of food for both lunch and dinner and Ortolana is one of them. Their staff were attentive, despite the busy dining room, and we were never rushed to vacate our table. I’m looking forward to coming back again when the weather turns better, so I can spend a lazy Saturday eating a yummy meal and enjoy a coffee in their beautiful courtyard.
Date: Saturday 4th May | Location: The Pavilions, 31 Tyler Street, Britomart | Food: Contemporary European Bistro