Ortolana restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Ortolana is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best All-Day Restaurant and executive chef Jo Pearson is runner up for Best Chef. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.

A sunny lunch spot outside among the potted plants becomes a magical dinner space by dusk with fairy lights twinkling above diners on balmy summer evenings. Inside, Ortolana is an inviting greenhouse worthy of Hip Group’s commitment to fresh, local ingredients (ortolana means “market gardener” in Italian). The food is simple and good in the best way possible, with notes on what’s raised “from our farmers” and seasonal specimens adorning the restaurant’s benchtops in celebration. Service is swift and sharp, from remembering your coffee order in the morning to offering wisdom on a wine varietal at night. Wine is a mix of local and Italian, and all available by the glass. This is a lovely inner-city eatery you can recommend to anyone.

What it offers: Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Outside dining / Good for kids

A favourite dish: Ashed Angus sirloin with butternut, brussel sprouts and hazelnuts

Hours: B L D 7 days
Bookings: Not for peak times
Price: $$
Chef: Jo Pearson, executive chef; Kevin Puyat, head chef

33 Tyler St
Ph 368-9487
ortolana.co.nz

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