After nearly a month of dieting and feeling near suicidal (ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration) the hubs and I planned a cheeky date night to The Artisan a couple of weeks ago. Italian food is totally my jam so I was very excited to let loose and indulge in some delicious, gastronomic feasting.
The restaurant is based in DIFC in the Burj Daman building, which also hosts hotspots Carnival and Burger and Lobster. The outside is unassuming but upon entering you are transported to a chic, cosy, minimalist restaurant with crisp white tablecloths and beautiful art adorning the walls.
We received a warm welcome and were swiftly shown to our table and offered a glass of prosecco to begin the evening while we perused the menu. I’d already done some research prior to the night (basically reading the menu 50 times over trying to decide what to have) and had my heart set on the slow cooked octopus (95 AED) to start. You know how I feel about anything with 8 legs! This came with fresh green beans and lemon flavoured potato cream which worked really well. The octopus itself was perfectly cooked, tender and really well seasoned. My husband (the red-meat lover) opted for the wagyu beef carpaccio (115 AED). This turned out to be a very generous portion and was complimented well by the Sorrento lemon and fresh chives. It was literally melt in your mouth. Our server was very knowledgeable and did a great job at reading the table and also recommended we try the tuna tartare (75 AED) which actually stole the show in terms of the starters. The yellowfin tuna was seasoned with roast red pepper and green lemon dressing, fennel puree and topped with fresh rocket salad. It was all kinds of good! The flavours worked amazingly well together and it was obvious the tuna was of a very high quality and super fresh.
I’d heard incredible things about The Artisan’s pasta from a couple of friends and fellow bloggers but was attempting to do my best at avoiding carbs so we decided to move straight onto mains. I opted for the pan-fried cod fillet (125 AED) which yet again was to die for. It was beautifully presented and expertly cooked. The sweet red pepper cream really heightened the dish and the garlic buttered potatoes were seriously droolworthy. The husband (predictably) plumped for red meat and selected the lamb rack (180 AED). This came with Bronte pistachios, aubergine cream, fresh thyme and olive sauce and whilst good, it didn’t quite have the same wow factor as the other dishes.
To finish off a perfect evening we couldn’t resist dessert and decided to share “The Infamous Artisan Tiramisu” (45 AED) and the Dark Chocolate Profiteroles (45 AED). Sweet lord I was in heaven!!! The tiramisu was huge and perfect in every way; the right consistency and a fantastic balance of flavours. And the profiteroles, oh the profiteroles. Once again the dish was massive (The Artisan certainly don’t scrimp on portions) and adorned with beautifully whipped fresh cream; they were incredibly moreish. A little shot of Limoncello and we were on our way with full tummies and happy hearts.
Our whole experience at The Artisan was superb, from the charming restaurant, the attentive staff, the fantastic food and really great wine list. The restaurant was a little on the quiet side when we first arrived but got busier as the evening went on. In my opinion it deserves to be packed.
The quality of the ingredients is incredibly high and each dish very well thought through and by Dubai standards pretty well priced. My sister is getting married next month and afterwards I plan on returning to The Artisan for a full blown carb fest! I’m talking all the pasta. Watch this space….
For more information visit: http://www.theartisan.ae/ or call +971 4 338 8133