Orto Trading Co.

With its floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light, wheelbarrows, garden spades, fresh flowers and a little herb patch out the front, Orto has a neatened naturalness about it. It’s like a greenhouse without the humidity.

Breakfast, brunch and lunch are the game here and it’s done to a high standard. The coffee (espresso only) is excellent too, with a well-rounded flavour. Beer, wine and cocktails complete the drinks menu.

Given that orto is Italian for “vegetable garden” it’s unsurprising the menu is based on fresh produce. What’s surprising are the dishes, which are interesting, almost obscenely photogenic and invariably smattered with micro-herbs.

You might find the menu offering broccoli or sardines as the central ingredient in a breakfast dish; or a Scotch egg or cauliflower fritters for lunch. The hash is a signature and enduring dish; a sculptural nest of potato nestled with vegetables and a poached egg.

No matter the season Orto serves up a multi-faceted menu that’s fresh, distinct, far more fun (and boozy) than your average brunch.

Updated: September 16th, 2019

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