Catching up with friends is always done best over delicious food. It doesn’t hurt to have a nice ambience and pretty decor either, and thankfully Orto Trading Co delivers on all three. I’m one of the first in our group to arrive, but feel quite at home on the large wooden table in amongst all the fresh flowers and breakfasty aromas wafting from the kitchen.
It’s a little early for alcohol so we forego the breakfast cocktails and stick to the freshly squeezed juices. My pineapple, passionfruit, apple and lime juice is a tangy concoction with passionfruit seeds lurking at the bottom. The mixed berry juice is a little sweeter, with plenty of pulpy berry bits.
A plate of grilled sweet corn arrives on the table, with chilli-lime butter and lashings of grated cheddar. The bright yellow kernels are nicely charred and juicy, and the corn cobs disappear in no time.
There were so many items on the menu that sounded and looked good, so after much umm-ing and ahh-ing, I finally decided to order the baked eggs. The first thing that impressed me was the presentation, with the roasted tomatoes on the vine, and the cast iron pan. Underneath the soft eggs and the fior de latte was salty sobrasada sausage and sweet roasted capsicum – a winning combination of flavours. The serving was large enough that I struggled to finish it all, and barely touched the sourdough on the side.
Other menu options included market fresh fish, which today was a crispy skinned barramundi fillet with black olive and orange.
But probably the most sought-after and photo-worthy dish was Orto’s house waffles, with pineapple curd, fresh strawberries, ricotta and passionfruit. It tastes like sweet, sweet summer and I already can’t wait to go back and have this dish all to myself!
Orto Trading Co
38 Waterloo St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: +61 431 212 453
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 8am to 3pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm