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Orto Trading Co.

March 21, 2012 belinda / @bbbelt


That was my reaction when the waiter passed on the unfortunate news. News that the kitchen at Orto had run out of the crispy pigs ear chips doused in chilli salt.

Okay, so it’s more of a first world problem than a natural disaster. That said, the shortage of fried piggy ears does offer more of a reason to come back.

Maybe I didn’t set the bar very high to begin with but I was genuinely surprised at how tasty all the dishes were. Let’s just say they kinda blew my mind more than I had expected. I’ve been sick on and off for quite some time and consequently, my appetite wasn’t being its usual vivacious self. Each part of every dish was made to perfection and I’m sure I would have demolished everything presented before my eyes if it wasn’t for said tarnished appetite.


Rose sangria with pretty – albeit feminine – table ornaments. I remember spending a fair bit of time trying to pick out the pickled grapes, lychees and berries from the bottom of the jug.


Smoked prawn and crispy pork cheek witlof bites. So little but derricious! Call me greedy but we would have liked to see more pork on our forks.


MMM I LOVE LAMP! Twice cooked lamb rump with a summer vegetable ragout. This dish looked and tasted equally wholesome.

Pork hock

Crispy pork hock tossed in spicy salt with a red cabbage slaw and chunky mango chutney. Served as a main ‘for two’, the three of us at the dinner table chowed down, nodded and agreed that this little fella would have easily satiated 3-4 diners. That is, assuming there’s entrees and drinks going around too. NB: I blame all the excitement for the blurriness and I refuse to use flash unless I’m in a dungeon with absolutely no light sources.

Green beans

Creamy green beans with tossed and toasted almond slivers. Not quite sure what’s in the creamy sauce but it made clean, green vegies taste naughty. Kinda like the equivalent of good girls gone bad.

This rendezvous was only a couple of weeks ago but I’m already looking forward to my next visit back to Orto.

Orto Trading Co.
38 Waterloo Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: 0431 212 453

Opening hours
Breakfast and lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm

2 Responses »

  1. SHORNY says:

    Bit late, but better than never.

  2. belinda says:

    That’s always going to be the case.

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