Ortega Fish Shack Wellington has the stated aim to “provide an atmosphere where you can really relax and enjoy an evening of fine food, fine wine and great service, that won’t break the bank”. The ingredients are the focus at Ortega and head chef Mark Limacher experience working in France, Switzerland influences the food, which has a definite French influence to it. Seafood of the freshest variety is, as is to be expected, the main attraction at Ortega with whatever is available at the market that day finding it’s way onto the menu. For those who don’t like seafood, there are a range of non-seafood items on the menu too.
The wine list is impressive and contains a range of wines from across New Zealand and around the world. What impressed my friend and I even more however, was the beer list. They had several pages of craft beers, both local and international to choose from, including some rather obscure drops – all arranged by flavour profile. The staff were able to assist us in choosing beers to match with their order. Despite the explosion in craft beer in recent years, to find a restaurant that treats its beer list with the same respect as its wine list, from quantity to quality and ability to match with food is still rare.