A garden-inspired gem in Surry Hills
Orto Trading Company is a high-ceilinged, warm and welcoming space that mixes vintage, French provincial and Scandinavian design elements with a British inspired menu.
In Italian, ‘Orto’ means ‘vegetable garden’, and there is ample evidence of seasonal plenty in the potted herbs on the terrace, the delicious menu and the fresh flowers liberally displayed amongst the recycled bottles that hover above the bar.
Launched in April 2011, Orto Trading Company is owned by Anne Cooper, Louise Hunt and Chef Chris Low who were previously behind the highly regarded Baffi & Mo café in Redfern.
Following its sale in October 2010, Anne and Louise travelled overseas on a part-holiday and part-fact finding mission to look at dining tends, notably in New York and London.
“On our return, we had a picture in our minds of the vibe we wanted to achieve in our new restaurant,” said Anne. “When I saw the chairs at Café Ideas, it was a real ‘aha moment’. They were a great counter note to the hand designed timber tables we had already chosen.
” Made from white painted metal, timber and with bamboo seats, the chairs are comfortable and beautiful, and come in dining chair and bar stool styles.
“Apart from the chairs, we sourced our fridges, benches, range, grill, deep fryer, sinks and dishwashers from Caféideas,” said Cooper. “It made it so much simpler on us to deal with one supplier rather than many.
” Orto Trading Company occupies a north-facing, corner position in a relatively new building.
“When we were planning the fitout, we were dealing with a shell to begin with. Naturally as the building began to take shape, we became clearer about the dimensions that were required in the various pieces of kitchen equipment,” reported Anne. “Damien from Caféideas was very knowledgeable and endlessly patient with us. He investigated many other models of equipment to find out what options we had to choose from that would match our space, functionality requirements, budget and taste.
” All the equipment was delivered on site in one go where the team of builders were in place to work on the installation.
“It was great that Cafeideas was able to co-ordinate the delivery as it meant that we didn’t have our building team waiting to get started.
” Anne said she had shopped around quite extensively before settling on Caféideas to source the chairs and kitchen equipment. “In terms of price, they were better than or equal to any other company we looked at,” she said. “And one of the best things about dealing with Caféideas is that they always did what they said they would. We never had to chase them for anything, which was reassuring for us in the lead up to our opening.
” Orto Trading Company is located at 38 Waterloo St, Surry Hills and is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and also for lunch between Thursday and Saturday. Bookings can be made on 0431 212 453.
“We’ve been really busy since we opened, with many of our old customers popping in to see us,” said Anne. “We’ve also had several high profile, favourable reviews which have generated a lot of interest too.”