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“Milse is simply.....orgasmic!!!”
Review of Ortolana

Ortolana
Ranked #24 of 2,372 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had dessert here around 10pm. I had the Vanilla brulee which was served with lemon cream ice cream, rhubarb done 3 ways and short bread and my friend had the praline served with pear, grape and creme anglaise.

I honestly thought it was another place that looked cute but wouldn't deliver, boy was i wrong. They wooed me to my hearts content, the presentation amazing, the intricate detail on the actual dessert amazing and the flavours and textures danced in my mouth and were simply orgasmic!

The only thing you have to realise is this place is tiny it seats in total 15 people if that, they do not take bookings nor do they allow large groups of people (more than 6) in at any given time. The staff are friendly, the service is good and the decor is chic and modern, the music could be louder as it felt a bit flat only being able to hear the music when peoples conversations quietened down and they certainly need to either renovate and create space or move to larger premises. A bit pricey at approx $21 for a small dessert but worth every morsel!!!

Overall the best dessert I have had to date in NZ!!! Tip is have the sparkling water before and with your dessert, save the limoncello for after as not to detract from the amazing flavours these desserts exude.

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Thank Monique-of-Auckland
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Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

These guys know how to do a good cafe. Another one of their winners. This one features more Italian inspired food and had a good wine list so a perfect lunch venue. The best part is when they lead you to milse to select your dessert

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Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed June 28, 2013 via mobile

Ate here twice in one week and thoroughly enjoyed both visits. Great service, great space, great food! Some dishes more standout that others, but all very tasty - the lamb and beef shin YUM! Don't forget to check out Milse next door - a dessert bar, dine in or takeout.

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Thank AucklandCBD
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We dropped into this restaurant on our way back from Devonport one afternoon & so enjoyed the unique afternoon deserts, we went back for our evening meal which was the best food we had eaten on our 6 week round the world holiday! The combination of flavours from home grown garden vegetables & salads combined with spices & the local market fish was fantastic. It was so good we went again the following night when it was full after a review in the Auckland press. No bother, we were chaperoned to some spare chairs, supplied menus & served with a drink whilst we waited outside. We were kept informed as to how long the wait would be & soon after we were seated & had a repeat of the amazing food. Our experience of New Zealand restaurants & food was of the highest quality & this restaurant set the standard. Its just a pity we live in the UK 11,000 miles away & so can't pop back!

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Thank Phil C
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Delicious and interesting meals that are high in flavor and melt in you mouth. Great friendly service ( I would say the best in town). They do not take bookings so you need to get there early so as to not miss out. It is worth going for the dessert options alone!

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Thank SandyWestcoast
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