Welcome to my new £20+ restaurant review category. We won’t be here too often because I’m actually not rich; it’s just nice to explore the finer things in life sometimes. As you can see from the picture, I think I’m a big girl to be eating oysters. But you know what they say: When in Chelsea…..
Star rating: ★★★✩ (3.9)
I was invited to try out The Artisan by a mate of mine, Tessa, who’s working alongside them- thanks girl!
P.s. my sister and I shared everything we tried and were greatly satisfied with the portions.
These drinks weren’t actually on the menu so I couldn’t tell you how much they cost, but our host Plamen was kind enough to knock us up a nice mocktail juice. I had apple and mint which was a suitable fit for the weather.
West Mersea Rock Oysters 1/2 Dozen (£10)
Since trying oysters for the first time earlier this year, I get excited every time I see them. You might think £10 is a lot for 6 bits of seafood, but for me it’s the experience that matters; and I have way too much fun eating these. You may also think raw seafood is nasty but I say, “don’t knock it ’til you try it”.
Small plate 1:
Grilled Prawns & Squid Ink Polenta (£12)
This was actually my first time trying polenta. It’s a bit hard to desribe but I’ll try. Polenta comes in various forms e.g. grilled or fried, but in this case it was like a thick, maizey paste with a really subtle seafood flavour. Kind of like hummus! There we go haha. If you like prawns and hummus, then you’ll like this.
Large plate 1:
Lobster Linguine- Scottish lobster, Black linguine, mussels, Prosecco, truffle butter (£18)
Tbh, I think lobster will always be ‘just lobster’ wherever you go (but that’s just my opinion). I can’t, however, say the same for mussels.
These are honestly the best mussels I’ve ever eaten. I’ve been served many disappointing portions in my lifetime and this most definitely wasn’t one of them. It was bathed in like a garlic white wine 2.0 sauce! Next time I go I’ll be asking them to make me a big portion! All in all, a nice plate.
Small plate 2:
Crispy aubergine w/ soy caramel (£6)
I’m not a vegetable person so of course I’ve never tried aubergines before. But seeing as Tessa insisted I try them, I thought I’d give it a shot.
The first thing my sister said was that the batter around it was so perfect. I actually never thought I could like batter so much- it had such a perfect crisp to it! And the soy caramel sauce was so unfaultable (dunno if that’s a real word or not).
I think next time I’d just ask for the aubergines to be cut thinner so I could have more batter and less vegetable in each bite (cheeky).
Large plate 2:
Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese- 3 cheeses, bubbly, golden-brown (£16)
Our final plate was this twist on the American classic. I’d be interested to know what kind of cheeses were used in this dish because it had a mild, buttery taste to it as opposed to a strong cheddar or something more familiar.
A bit of salt and pepper and we had another tasty meal.
Before I finish this post, it’s probably important for me to mention that the vibe The Artisan tries to create is that of a family and community which is easy to feel from their outstanding customer service.
I also love the fact all their food is fresh, especially the seafood! It made me so happy to hear that.
And lastly, for lovers of art, The Artisan prides itself on featuring pieces from local artists as they believe supporting those in the community is of great importance.