Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Ortolana
For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Ortolana.
Ortolana’s bigger, louder sister Amano may have recently opened just down the road, but that doesn’t mean Ortolana has become any less wonderful, and that’s impressive in itself. Housed in Tyler St’s semi-permanent Pavilions and surrounded by concrete planters blooming with herbs, during the day it feels like a garden party, but at night this lovely little restaurant is a box of golden light that spills its warmth and welcome out onto Britomart’s twinkling streets. Like all Hip Group restaurants, Ortolana’s obsession is seasonality. The fruits of the month/week/day are worshipped in four to five hero ingredient compositions that are easy to love, from octopus with bucatini, peppers and cured pork, to pappardelle with heirloom tomato, olive, anchovies and capers. Everything from the service to the wine at Ortolana is done very well, and without fuss, and we love it.
A favourite dish
Lamb shoulder, polenta, peas and gremolata.
What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Good seating outside / Craft beer selection
Hours—B L D 7 days
Bookings—Not accepted, except for off-peak times
Chef—Jo Pearson, executive chef; Kevin Puyat, head chef
31 Tyler St
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