ADDRESS:   16 Majoribanks St, Mt Victoria, Wellington
MAINS:   $40 – $43
CONTACT:   04 382 9559
SCORE:   16.5 / 20

There is fish, of course. And then there is fish as dished up by chef Teresa Pert. She doesn’t adhere to trends and she hates waste. Which is why, when the most beautiful, fresh fillets of the day have been put in all their finery on the menu, Pert will turn her hand to getting the best out of the rest. You, dear diner, are the absolute winner. Those fab fish sammies – teeny- weeny French toast sandwiches – are made from belly offcuts. We want more. Ortega makes you feel like you’re part of the family: a relaxed, happy one. And if you’re not a fan of fish, well there are premium meat offerings and enticing vegetarian menu mentions to keep you content. A big focus on sustainability adds cred to Ortega. And it’s underscored by a wine list that enables comfortable choice.

IN BRIEF A beautiful bounty the way it should be