If you are looking for a relaxed, reasonably priced, reasonably sized meal rather than a culinary experience, I would try Ortiga another night. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere, some of the dishes were really interesting, but it is not what most people (at least most Melburnians) think of as tapas. If you are a very keen cook, then you would probably find the detailed descriptions of the dishes, both before you order and AFTER the dish arrives, very interesting and informative. For me, I would have preferred to skip the very detailed description of the meal when it arrived. I would rather not have the waitress pointly closely - and at length - to elements of the food I am about to eat. However, other people with different tastes might find this a real plus. What is definite is that the wait staff know all about the dishes, the style, the ingredients and the cooking methods and are genuinely very keen to share this with patrons. If you are equally keen to hear about it, this is definitely the place for you. It was clear that the staff were pleased to work there - that is a wonderful thing and produces a good environment for patrons.
I regret my choice of dessert. It sounded spectacular on the menu but what arrived was about six tiny egg spoonfuls of variously chocolate and mango rich, thick icecream set out in a small semi-circular row on the top quarter of a plate roughly sprinkled with large biscuit crumbs. I do not pretend to be a chef or a connoiseur, but it looked a lot like exotic rabbit droppings and the taste was OK but nothing special. And there wasn't enough droppings.
Many of the other dishes were excellent with interesting tastes (although small) and the service was friendly, highly professional and very attentive - hence I have rated Ortiga very good. This is a place to go if you are are keen on the culinary arts and want to have an Experience rather than just a pleasant, excellent quality meal.
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