Over a year ago, DS and I went to Orto Trading Co. to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. We didn’t love the food – in particular the chicken cooked in hay was confusing – do we eat the hay? What about the hay that is stuck to the chicken? And the chicken that is stuck in the hay? Didn’t get it. That was back when it first opened – now it is a Surry Hills Staple (I feel like all those words need a capital as it should be a proper noun for a particular phenomenon) and having heard great things about its breakfast, we decided to give it a shot on one of the cold rainy Sydney mornings.
DS went for Orto’s House Made Muesli with Fresh Fruit, Organic Meredith’s Sheep Yoghurt and Organic Honeycomb ($12.50), which comes in a general portion with milk and honeycomb on the side. The wintery fruits of rhubarb and apricot suited the weather well. If you haven’t tried real honeycomb (which I hadn’t!) it is a real treat – kind of tastes like the candy honeycomb but much better and chewy. The House Made Muesli is also a great with coconut and cranberries thrown into the mix.
I always feel like eggs should be in my breakfast so I ordered the Eggs Benedict, Berkshire Gypsy Ham and Hollandaise ($16) with some Chai latte ($4.50) as well. Unfortunately good chai is hard to come by these days, and it’s always so freaking expensive! My favourite chai is still found at Clipper Cafe on Glebe Point Road, a cafe I frequented so often in first year uni that the barista fell in love with me. The eggs benedict were lovely, the ham fresh and rustic, and the seed-y (full of seeds…) bread was also great. Shame that Eggs Benedict is always quite expensive as well – I wonder why?
I was sad that Orto’s homemade waffles were no longer available – I’ll have to come back in summer to try. At this stage the Summer Menu is still up on their website as well, so it’ll be a bit of a surprise as to what you get if you go in winter. Also keen to try out their lunch menu – I love restaurants that open all day! That little corner of Waterloo Street really is really quite fun – we spied a Chinese yum cha/tapas place opening up next door. Can’t wait to try that!
Orto Trading Co.
38 Waterloo Street
Surry Hills NSW