Ortega Fish Shack
Ortega is a Wellington institution known for high-end dining. The nautically themed fit-out and casual seaside-shack vibe is paired with impeccably presented, delicious food. From a huge swordfish on the wall to the Egyptian floor tiles to the glass fishing floats that hang from the ceiling, there’s a lot to look at, even before you get to the menu.
Fish and kaimoana (seafood) is the order the day, but locals also rave about the steak and chips, proving the adage about getting the simple things right. Start with Pacific oysters and marinated mussels, then follow up with kingfish ceviche (fresh raw fish with herbs and a ginger dressing). For a main course there’s steamed snapper, potato gnocchi, blue moki or the aforementioned beef fillet.
The drinks list is – we kid you not – 52 pages long. If sherry’s your drop you’ve come to the right place (and if it’s not, it could be after coming here). The cocktail list is immense, ranging from a refreshing Aperol spritz to full-bodied milk punch (Rum, Sodomy & the Lash) to a rich La Noix made with spice-and-fig brandy and a walnut liqueur.
New Zealand’s best craft beers get a call up – you can’t go wrong choosing a beer by Wellington’s own Garage Project – and the wine list is truly global. If making a choice is difficult, the staff are always only too happy to help.
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