More Sydney eats! After being placed in a one-hour wait for the ever busy Devon Cafe (weekend brunching can be a waiting nightmare), we decided to try out our luck at Orto Trading Co instead. It's about 5-10 minutes walk from Central Station, straight up Devonshire Road and turning left on Waterloo Street. Greeted by a bright display of white wicker crates and plant decorations, we promptly changed our minds and walked straight in without a second thought. The fact that there was no line was a definite plus, but everything in general looked so welcoming and happy.
The word 'orto' actually means vegetable garden in Italian, and it's clear that that was the theme running through the cafe. The ceiling in the cafe is super high and every table was decorated with a fresh, yellow flower. With only two people eating, we didn't think it was socially acceptable to order everything on the menu no matter how much we wanted to! So we did our best and narrowed it down to four.
|Carrot Cake Hotcakes: $18.00|
|Scrambled Eggs with Sourdough Toast, Chorizo & Wild Mushrooms: $21.00|
|Scotch Eggs: $12.00|
|Truffled Polenta Chips with Buttermilk & Blue Cheese Sauce: $9.00|
|Cappucino & Mocha|
Highly recommended. Both of us left Orto's feeling extremely full and extremely happy. Service was quite quick considering the amount of people they had and it was reasonably priced for brunch. While we were eating I actually had a moment where I just stopped eating and smiled like a fool because I was that happy. Weird, right.