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“Great little place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ortolana

Ortolana
31 Tyler Street | Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand
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Ranked #10 of 1,286 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
UK
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109 reviews 109 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
“Great little place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Quite a small place, although there is an outside area which should be nice in summer. Good menu with some interesting and unusual food items at reasonable prices. Food was cooked well, and arrived rapidly. Service was enthusiastic, wait staff were all very pleasant. Wine list adequate. The ambience was good, it felt nicely busy but not overcrowded and not too loud. Recommended.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Had dinner here with 2 good friends, we went here extra early for dinner to make sure we secured a table. The environment was pretty good, one staff in particular was very friendly and accommodating, the rest I would say are not. We started off by sharing on Piadina with air dried pork, stracchino, mustard leaves. This was delicious! and shared Hereford carpaccio, beetroot. This dish was delicious BUT!! found a bit of plastic in it. They really need to make sure that they double check the meals they serve. For mains we had Beef shin, onions, bread & butter sauce, Market fish (snapper on that night), garden harvest, and Chicken cotoletta, baby gem, lemon. Mains were good!. For dessert we had Gelato bombe Alaska, Bitter chocolate panna cotta, grapefruit, shortbread and Valrhona hot chocolate. Fantastic meal but a let down on the plastic bit we found in our entrée.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Birthday lunch for eight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

We arranged to meet in the Brittomart area for birthday lunch not knowing where we would end up. None of us had been to Ortolando before so it was pure luck we stumbled upon it. Very nice food and generous mains portions to boot. Can highly recommend. You have to finish with a gourmet ice cream stick from their desert restaurant next door.

Visited October 2013
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Blackburn, Victoria, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Would not hesitate to recommend!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The atmosphere is great and the service friendly but laid back. The dinner was delightful and dessert even better. For the price range, this is a MUST eat in Auckland. Cannot fault it.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Fresh and tasty.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I love, first and foremost in a restaurant, knowledgeable, mature, friendly staff and Ortolana did not disappoint. I felt they knew the menu intimately down to the flavours they liked best and were very patient explaining the different terminology and meal presentation. Great spot in the centre of Britomart, we sat at the shared table inside on the most comfortable wooded stools ever...not stools made for hurried dining. I loved the idea of sourcing local produce and supporting local growers....inspired. I wish I had tried their homemade syrups in the sparkling water instead of the divine red from Montepulciano...perhaps another time. Sparkling water is served as one would normally expect flat or tap water...a nice touch. The food was fresh and filling and beautifully flavoured and a little bit different than your standard fare. The mozarella ball injected with cream and served with the first press of olive oil with golden raisins and walnuts was just so reassuringly tasty with lightly toasted ciabatta. I should have stopped there but the pillus pasta with parmesan butter and mushrooms sounded lovely and didn't disappoint...I didn't have to eat it all. We finished off with the a chocolate each, I scored the chili and was thrilled sicne I had never experienced chilli chocolate before. I will have to go back for the gelato on the stick....that looked simply amazing at the next door meal. Next meal sorted.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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