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Orto Trading Co. Surry Hills

I have heard wonderful things about Orto Trading Co. It is opened by the people behind Baffi and Mo, a cafe that serves breakfast in Redfern (Anne Cooper, Louise Hunt, Chris Low). They sold Baffi and Mo last October and started this wonderful restaurant, which is only seven – eight weeks old! I have to say, and I said this to the lovely and absolutely friendly Louise that this is by far better than their previous restaurant.

Located on Waterloo Street in Surry Hills, Orto was buzzing by the time we arrived at about 7.30pm. People eating, laughing and queuing to get in. Luckily I had reservations, there are two sittings one at 6pm and the other 8pm. It was date night and I was SO looking forward to a wonderful meal.

We sat at the bar and I love the decoration, empty bottles dangling down like chandeliers.

The menu is quite extensive – English inspired with touches of Modern Australian and Italian. Food is hearty and perfect for a wintery night!

The waitress advised us to order two entrees and share a main as they are larger in size and boy was she right! Whilst perusing the menu, we were presented with a small bucket of popcorn and my goodness – it was the best popcorn I have ever had. The popcorn is laced with truffle oil and it was frigging delicious! ‘The Mother’ demolished half of it whilst I was taking photos of the menu and the restaurant. It is not your typical popcorn, it was deliciously crunchy, creamy and oh so truffle-y.

I wanted the Scotch eggs with house made pork sausages ($9). This was absolutely wonderful. Crispy fried pork with soft gooey yolk that oozed.

It has a light curry flavour, I could have easily eaten two of these, the oozy yolk – it was superb!

‘The Mother’ opted for pickled mackerel with gypsy pepper salsa and char grilled rye ($12).

The pickled mackerel was served in glass jar, it was warm, a little sour and tangy but delicious.

The char grilled rye was a decent serving and the pesto that came with it was delightful.

Eaten together – my goodness – heavenly!

For mains, I wanted the beef Guinness stew, however, ‘The Mother’ toyed with the idea of pork shoulder and king fish. Everything sounded wonderful so decided to let him pick. I was a little surprised with his decision but was glad at the same time. Slow cooked pork shoulder ($32) which was served on a huge wooden serving board and incredibly huge!

The pork shoulder is served with crispy and crunchy Brussels sprouts, carrot puree with hazelnuts and toffee-dipped pear. The pork was juicy and succulent. The crackle – OMG! AMAZING! Salty, crunchy crackle – what is there not to like?

The pear was soft and complemented the pork well. It was a satisfying and hearty dish! Every mouthful was better than the next. I didn’t want it to end and I especially loved the Brussels sprouts!

I was full but whilst perusing the dessert menu, I couldn’t resist but order the rhubarb tart. I heart rhubarb – it is such a warm and wintery dish.

The crumble was to die for, it was crunchy and gooey and had a slight ginger after taste. The rhubarb stewed until soft, and the vanilla bean ice cream a wonderful complement.

I was FULL – beyond full! I had to pause and could not move. It was a slow walk back home.

I love the friendly atmosphere, service excellent and food remarkable. I can’t wait to try their other dishes. Everything sounded absolutely wonderful!

Could this be a new favourite? You bet! You are allowed to have more than one favourite restaurants right?

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

‘The Mother’s’ ratings: 8 / 10

Orto Trading Co.

38 / 55 Waterloo Street

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: +61 0431 21 2453

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  1. June 5, 2011 at 2:26 am

    sounds good. so that must be why the hash brown i had at Baffi & Mo recently wasn’t as good as the first time i had them. sounds like the original chef has left baffi & mo.

    • June 5, 2011 at 7:28 am

      I think so! i didnt have a great experience at Baffi and Mo last time either, this is definitely better!

  2. June 5, 2011 at 4:53 am

    This place looks like its rockin! That feeling of post-dessert guilt is an all too familiar feeling for any foodie. Great review.

    • June 5, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Hey Philip 🙂 thanks for dropping by and your kind words! ya really loved it and can’t wait to go back and try their other stuff soon!

  3. minibites
    June 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I’m reading mixed reviews about this place but I guess I have to go and find out myself! Loving the popcorn in the small tin buckets!

    • June 5, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      oh the popcorn itself is worth the visit! its so yummy! i really liked this place – the 2 entrees and main were ordered were ridicously awesome! I know a friend went for lunch and didnt like it as much as I did! but they did order other dishes! would love to hear what you think of the place 🙂

  4. June 5, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Love the decor – and how could you taunt us with the crackle! Loving the sound of the rhubarb crumble too. Winter comfort food!

    • June 6, 2011 at 12:05 am

      lol Sorry Helen – but it was SOOOO good! the crackle and the tenderness of the pork neck! LOVE!

  5. June 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Finally, a place that does share plates that you can actually share! How good is that truffle popcorn… I could eat it all night 🙂

    • June 6, 2011 at 12:06 am

      The truffle popcorn was excellent! I wish we had more though… or i wish i ate more of it! lol

  6. June 6, 2011 at 4:22 am

    This place looks really great – should I add it to my hit list do you think? I want to try a Scotch Egg…

  7. yves
    June 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

    One of the best new restautants in Surry Hills.
    And the service is excellent!

    • June 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

      hey yves 🙂 thanks for dropping by! i agree… i really enjoyed it and cant wait to go back 🙂

  8. June 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    hmmm… you make me want the scotch eggs!

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