>> Mar 2, 2011
Note: if you're seeing this post somewhere else, his post has been shamefully plagiarised from www.tummy-rumble.com. *Lifts up middle finger to the thief.*
After hearing quite a number of things from friends about Artisan, I decided to give it a try. Artisan is rated by top table as one of highest rating restaurant in London. That must count for something then, doesn't it? Anyway, toptable had an offer going at Artisan where a 3 course meal would come with champagne, which they so carefully 'forgot' to give us. We forgot about it as well, meaning we wasted a glass of champagne each.
We start off with some amuse-bouche.
The salad was a pre-appetiser. It was served with a citrus dressing. It was a nice change to the usual green salad. However, I could barely taste the smoke duck. The chips gave a nice crunch though.
The salmon was served with shellfish mayonnaise and Melba toast. This dish was rather good. In fact, I regretted not ordering this. I opted instead for the dish below.
The ham hock was served with celeriac remoulade, prune compote and toasted soda bread. The dish was good as well, but the salmon tasted and looked better.
The fish was served with mussels, clams, samphire and crushed new potatoes. I'm sorry to say it looked better than it tasted. The fish was rather small, and the rest was probably just carbs. I didn't enjoy this dish at all, although it was probably my fault for having the wrong pick.
The fowl was served with Savoy cabbage, Alsace bacon and red wine jus. It looked better and tasted better than the cod. Darn I really made a lot of bad picks that day. This dish wasn't exactly great as well, but it certainly was better than the cod.
Note: The people who told me about Artisan said that the Beef Wellington was the dish that made their night. The Beef Wellington however, is not in their 3 course menu. It is from their ala carte menu and has to be order by a minimum of 2 people.
The picture above was the pre-dessert. It was a nice combination of flavours, mainly sweet, sour and bitter.
The fondant was served with vanilla ice-cream. It was a perfect fondant, where the chocolate oozes out once cut open.
All in all, the food at Artisan wasn't exceptional in any way. I left the restaurant feeling slightly hungry. I wanted to take away KFC on the way home. We might have made some terrible choices ordering the food though. I personally left the place feeling a little disappointed.
*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
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