Dropped in there by default last Saturday evening as another restaurant close by advised us there was a one hour wait for a table. We therefore decided to try Ortolana and what a pleasant surprise we had. The delightful guy manning the desk advised us we may have to wait up to 30 minutes but we were welcome to drink at one of the laneway tables adjacent to the restaurant. We were seated and immediately provided with free sparkling mineral water and our drinks order was taken. Within 10 minutes we were shifted inside to our table which was a pleasant surprise. We then chose some delicious entrees and mains. I had the fish of the day as well as some rock melon and prosciutto. The olive oil and breads provided as well as the rock salt were all of supreme quality. The wines, chosen by our waitress, matched the foods perfectly. I dined on home made ice cream which was a salted caramel which I thoroughly recommend but all the desserts at the table were brilliant. The foods we dined on were accompanied by excellent sauvignon blancs and chardonnays as well as a stunning Fromm Spatlese Riesling with dessert. All simply superb. One of our table said the butterfly chicken spatchcock was perhaps a little underdone but this was a minor issue compared to the brilliant service, food and wine. Even though you can't book the wait time is worth the wait. I'm very glad we couldn't bother waiting an hour for the other restaurant closeby; I doubt it would have been as good at Ortolana. Thoroughly recommended!
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