I think this visit to Ortega Fish Shack had to be my best meal in Wellington this year. Ok so it was our dear friend Don’s 60th, and champagne was flowing and the company was awesome but this was a Mediterranean feast.Ortega has been around for a wee while and recently opened Slim Davey’s next door, so they must be doing something right. The menu is heavy on fish/seafood obviously, however they do cater for the vegos and carnivores among us. Anyhoo the amazing French, Jean-Marc Vigreux-Frere champagne was flowing right from the start which warmed us up immediately on a cold wet Saturday afternoon. Don imports and sells this champagne and it’s available at Ortega, Slim Daveys and various other establishments around New Zealand. It recently won an international award and hubby and I are regular consumers of this fine drop.
Our customised set menu with 3 choices of entrée, main and dessert sat in front of us. It only took me a speedread of two seconds to decide I also knew what hubby was choosing. We both had the duck liver pate with pedro ximenez syrup and feijoa and saffron syrup chutney. It was served with some delicious baguette. I always restrict my bread intake as much as I love it but it doesn’t love me. I normally manage to pile as much pate on top and the portion was enough for two. I devoured way more than I needed. It was heavenly and served in the cutest mason jar. The other new peeps around me chose the prawn tail, garlic butter lemon tagliatelle, roasted cauli soup and yellowtail Kokoda. The oohs and aahs were delightful.
Next came the beef fillet with café de paris butter and French fries for Africa. I normally can inhale more fries than hubby as they are a treat, however I think I only managed half of mine. What you say? Yeah it was because I was so busy stuffing my face with the side of duck fat potatoes with sage parmesan and truffle mayo. OMG. This would be my death wish meal. So delicious. Others chose the terakihi miso noodle dish, the butternut pappadelle or the Kahawai as their mains. We all enjoyed the delicious organic mixed salad as another side.
We were having a grand ole time discussing food and travel at our table and then it was time for dessert. I adore Whittakers dark chocolate but find chocolate mousse too rich, unlike hubby, so that was his choice with espresso marscapone. I went carbs the whole way today so opted for the Catalan crepes with orange caramel sauce and vanilla icecream. So yummy. We were then surprised and delighted with a matching dessert champagne served in the cutest wee flute. Wow. Ok so I then decided to push the boat out and think I was the only one to sneak in an espresso as it helps with digestion don’t you know. Hey I’m Italian. I can’t help it.
That was my second visit to Ortega and hubby’s first. I always had good intentions to return. It used to be our favourite when it was Café Bastille but we kind of forgot about it. We seriously will return as this meal was sensational with outstanding service also. I’ll need to try more of the fish dishes on the menu and will need to be in the mood. Maybe on a Friday fish fry night. Ciao for now.