Things are getting delicious down at Ortanique this weekend with their monthly full-moon pig roast.
The event, which starts at 6pm Sunday, 20 March, takes place on the beach island at Camana Bay opposite the restaurant and features the traditionally Cuban ‘upside-down-barbecue’ method of slow-roasting the pork in a special box called a Caja China.
“You have two boxes where you put the pig and then the coals go on top on a silver tray so it cooks from the top down,” reveals Ortanique owner Delius Shirley.
Weekender tried it at a past event, and it is a succulent, rustic, fabulous way to treat the ingredient.
It all starts with a complimentary drink of wine, sparkling beverage or mojito, plus Cuban-inspired bocaditos – small bites, from bacalao tater tots to sun-dried tomato tarts, shrimp ceviche and chimichurri sirloin flap steak skewers.
The main course is served family-style with tables shared to facilitate a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Adding to the Cuban flavour are such things as salad, moros y cristianos – Cuban black beans and white rice – plus, of course, the fabulous invention that is the mojito.
And if roast pork’s not your bag, there’s plenty more, from swordfish with toasted cumin and coriander to yucca and all sorts of good stuff.
If you’ve any room left, guava cheesecake and rum and raisin bread pudding should fill any gaps.
The event costs $50 for adults, $20 for kids, free for five and younger.