Ph: 02 9211 2414

6 Hunt Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 10:00pm
TUE 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 10:00pm
WED 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 10:00pm
THU 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 12:00am
FRI 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 12:00am
SAT 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  6:00pm - 12:00am

The Details

  • European
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Need to know
  • Bar Snacks
  • Full Food Menu

The Verdict

We can count the number of Basque restaurants in Sydney on one hand, and that’s not enough. So now, we’re counting our lucky stars because there’s a new Basque kid on the block (and it’s the same block that houses Butter, Longrain and Chin Chin). 

Ortzi is by Michael Otto and Edward Saxton from Sagra, the award-winning Italian eatery in Darlinghurst. But just a few blocks away, on the other side of Oxford Street, their focus is the bold, rustic French-Spanish flavours of Basque country. 

They deliver pintxos, the traditional Basque concept of bite-sized snacks to kick start your meal—you’ll be a happy chappy grazing on the croquettes of jamón and idiazábal (a hard goats’ milk cheese), grilled sardines with lemon, and salt cod omelette with salsa rossa.

In true Basque-style, the mains (platos) are all wood, smoke and meat to share. The go-to dish is the woodfired rib-eye, served with charred onions and romesco. You’ll also find happiness in the cider-cooked pork shoulder wood-roasted apples, or the roasted chicken with radicchio, paprika and yoghurt. 

As always, make way for dessert, including the must-have Gâteau Basque, a divine cake-slash-sandwich filled with custard. You’ll be glad you did. 

Image credit: Alana Dimou