It’s no wonder that Ortega is busy most nights; the food is excellent without being too fancy, the drinks list is worthy of serious exploration and you know you will be well looked after. The seafood here is excellent and cooked with care and consideration by chef Regnar Christensen. The signature trevally ceviche hits all the right notes of sweet, sour, hot and savoury with a crunch from crisp fried shallots. The service is spectacularly good – professional yet casual and all of it overseen by Davey McDonald who rarely misses a beat. Comprehensive notes make diving into the beverage list an enjoyable adventure. You are greeted with warmth, there isn’t a hint of pretension, just plenty of fun to be had, some great food and engaging staff who clearly enjoy what they do.

IN BRIEF Bustling bistro serving terrific seafood

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