The menu is complicated, but creative with a "garden to fork" philosophy. We asked the waitstaff to decode some of the seasonal dishes for us as we were intrigued by the morning menu. It is a lovely touch to mention all the produce that comes fresh from the Hip Group's farm at Kumeu.
The look is so pretty, especially on a sunny day. The quaint courtyard with overhanging canopy has a very natural but elegant feel.
The food was delicate and delicious. We went with what was suggested - the faro, garden greens, pangritata, poached eggs and green butter ($17) with a side of crispy pancetta ($6). And, not your typical brunch pick of ribbon pasta with mushrooms and a fried egg ($17). My dining companion and I swapped half way through and we were split on which we preferred.
The coffee was just right.
The service had a perfect balance of attentive without sliding in to annoying. The staff all looked fresh-faced on this Sunday morning and seemed to really care about the place they were fronting.
Overall Ortolana has to be given full marks, we couldn't find anything to dislike about it and can't wait to go back when the seasons change to check out the new menu.