The Artisan

Thursday night Bron and I went out to The Artisan. I’d seen a review by Tara not too long ago and thought this was a place we had to try.

The Artisan is located in Narrabundah at 16 Iluka Street. It’s easily missed in the small shopping complex as the door is recessed from the street front. There are other more prominent restaurants in the same block so you need to look for it.
On entering you’re struck by the smooth concrete floor and the long narrow nature of the restaurant. Along the right side as you walk in there are tables and chairs set up in an almost cafe-style appearance. To the left is the bar which is quite large and more distal is the kitchen.
We were seated at the best table in the restaurant. Right in front of the kitchen with the best available light. The tables towards the front of the restaurant are all in lowish light while near the kitchen there is a little more.
Our waiter greeted us enthusiastically and with a smile. Coats were taken and we were seated.
The menu (which is available on-line) is well rounded with offerings from the sea and land and with some vegetarian choices.
I chose the scallops with black pudding crumble for an entrée and the mushrooms for a main. Bron couldn’t believe that I chose a non-meat main course. In my mind though mushrooms are meaty and with a poached egg and haloumi this would be a treat. I also thought it would make a great breakfast dish.

Pan-seared scallops with black pudding crumble, corn puree and frisèe

Pan-seared scallops with black pudding crumble, corn puree and frisèe

Exotic mushrooms served with grilled haloumi and a poached egg on toast

Exotic mushrooms served with grilled haloumi and a poached egg on toast

For dessert we both wanted the wagon wheel. This was a delicious way to end a lovely meal. The entrée and main were delicate, tasty and very satisfying.

Layers of biscuit, marshmallow, raspberry jam and peanut praline with dark chocolate ganache

Layers of biscuit, marshmallow, raspberry jam and peanut praline with dark
chocolate ganache

The Artisan is very worthwhile. I’d happily recommend it to anyone wanting a fine meal.

Restaurant non-food ratings

The Artisan comes close to perfection.

Napkins. Pass they were linen.

Dunny. 4.75/5 The Artisan has a Dyson Airblade plus paper towels.

Waiter etiquette. Pass our plates were not taken while one of us was still eating. In fact, our waiter was delightful, friendly and engaging.

The Artisan on Urbanspoon
UrbanSpoon http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/344/1562914/restaurant/ACT/Canberra/The-Artisan-Narrabundah

TripAdvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g255057-d3239480-Reviews-The_Artisan-Canberra_Greater_Canberra_Australian_Capital_Territory.html

The Artisan http://www.theartisanrestaurant.com.au/
Menu http://www.theartisanrestaurant.com.au/_literature_39274/The_Artisan_Menu http://www.theartisanrestaurant.com.au/_literature_138983/The_Artisan_Truffle_Menu
Address: 16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah ACT 2604
Telephone: 02 6232 6482
Hours: Friday 12.00–2.30 pm, 6.00–10.00 pm
Reservations: dimmi.com.au
Google maps http://goo.gl/maps/c9CjF

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