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Ortigas

February 23, 2011

Last weekend on our way to Brisbane for another party (can someone please invite me to a party in my own State?!), Andrew and I realised that it was the thirteenth anniversary of our first date. We decided that we would go back to the site of the original date restaurant and eat a meal there, no matter what sort of restaurant now occupied that space. I had terrible thoughts of being forced to eat McDonalds or some other crap and was a bit reluctant to make that pact. As it turned out, our hotel was just a hop, skip and a jump away from the restaurant…and good news…it was a lovely looking Spanish restaurant called Ortigas. Hooray for good food! It wasn’t open for lunch so we had to give up on plans for a late lunch and instead squeeze in a bit of an early dinner before the party. Worked out well that the bar offered tapas…just perfect for an early bite to eat. We ordered a couple of their charcuterie platters – the one in the front of the photo is jamon of three different ages – 12, 24 and 36 months. The 24 was my favourite. The platter toward the back of the photo is their house cured chorizo, coppa, salami and pate. Very nice, but a lot of meat! We also had some nice potatoes, olives etc. All washed down with a glass of cold, dry Spanish sherry. Very nice indeed. The staff were friendly, the food was good, and the wine list was also good. The guy behind the bar brought over some really lovely sherry for us to try that they cannot sell because it is made in tiny quantities by a family in Spain, and given to them by their wine importer. It made us reflect yet again at how fantastic the service is in restaurants in Melbourne and Brisbane, and in contrast how awful it is in Sydney.

 

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  1. February 23, 2011 3:33 PM

    How sweet, thirteenth anniversary of the first date :). Congrats! It is even sweeter that you remembered the location of the restaurant instead of the restaurant name itself, which is smart as the chances for the original restaurant to have closed down in these years is pretty high. That also reminds me that I only remember the name of our restaurant, hope Siv knows where it was 🙂

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      March 10, 2011 2:44 PM

      We remembered the location, not the name! 🙂

  2. February 23, 2011 3:54 PM

    You are too cute, finding the spot of your first date. What if it had been a strip club? 😉

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      March 10, 2011 2:43 PM

      Strip club could have been an interesting start to the night. It is in the right sort of district of Brisbane to have strip club potential…. Perhaps the 20 year anniversary?!

  3. February 23, 2011 8:40 PM

    Ah that’s so sweet! Glad you had a good meal out. I love the idea of trying some sherry that they can’t sell. It’s like being included in a secret club 🙂

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      March 10, 2011 2:41 PM

      It was pretty special. Andrew guiltily admitted that he went there for dinner last weekend with some colleagues while he was up in Brisbane for work. He knew I would be cross about missing out on trying the restaurant (we only got to try out the tapas in the bar upstairs). I must admit to being rather pleased that they didn’t get offered the ‘special’ sherry. Clearly it must have been my presence last time that brought out the special service..right?! 🙂

  4. February 23, 2011 9:25 PM

    What a lovely story. We need to celebrates lifes little moments as well as the big ones.

  5. February 25, 2011 4:58 PM

    What a great celebration, see…. there are benefits of being invited to parties outside your state 🙂 I was wondering what you 2 would have done if the old restaurant turned out to be a butcher shop or something…. heheheee 🙂 Happy Anniversary, this restaurant sounds wonderful, love Spanish food & in fact we’re booked in to go to a great one here really soon, can’t wait 🙂

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      March 10, 2011 2:39 PM

      Yes raw meat could have been a challenge! Hope you enjoy your Spanish restaurant. I love Spanish food too…makes me want to go back to Spain!

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