I have not been here for quite some time. The food is very good and far better than Brasserie Blanc's efforts at the moment. It's family run and therefore attention to detail is more considered, I can't abide these chain restaurants that promise various types of cuisine and just churn out the same old semi authentic stuff.
I had a lovely time with my wife and it was her first time visiting here.
Amouse bouche of salmon was great.
Bread.... was goodish, my wife loved it, I thought it had a slightly dry crumb? Cafe de Paris butter was a nice touch and very tasty that gave the bread more zing.
My snails, slightly small and not enough garlic, but that's just my taste.
My wife had the lobster, prawn and saffron risotto - very good, I tried it and thought it slightly on the dryish side, I like risotto to be wetter, but again just personal taste.
My main was Salad Nicoise (starter size), - as my wife thinks I am rather rotund and need to shed those extra kilos, again very pleasant, that's the Nicoise not the kilos.
I would think that L'artisan is very enjoyable in the evening, lights down, candles lit and very romantic. We went for lunch and with few people in, lacked any background hum, maybe some low Jonny Hallyday...........Or may be not ? - (depending if you are actually JH or just plain tone deaf....like JH?!!)?! Oooops, Some low music anyway.(If it was on, I couldn't hear it).
All in all, top marks (for being French in the first place), family run and good food.
If I have a small niggle, maybe the menu is not concise and quite highlighted enough as there are many dishes on offer.
Will return soon, with even the possibility of candle light supper so my wife can gaze longingly at my fat ugly fizzog.
I enjoyed the meal.....and so did my beautiful wife.
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