The Artisan Dubai: An upscale DIFC eatery serving authentic Italian cuisine with stunning interiors

Chances are you may have heard of The Artisan By Enoteca Pinchiorri. The upscale DIFC eatery first garnered attention when it opened in the spring of 2016, the UAE outpost of the iconic three Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri restaurant in Florence, The Artisan closed its doors for a makeover during the summer of 2017 and now it’s back with a bang, ready to wow you with a culinary journey to Italy, right in the heart of Dubai…

One step inside The Artisan and you feel as though you have stepped inside a dreamy Yatzer feature. The whole place screams elegance and the clever mix of eclectic and contemporary touches make this Italian hotspot a strong contender for Dubai’s chicest restaurant.

And what about the food coming out of the kitchen? The Italian chef really hit the spot when we visited during a weekend lunch. These are authentic Italian flavours, Italian fine dining at its best. To start, we whetted the appetite with the slow-cooked octopus in extra virgin olive oil, served with fresh green beans, lemon-flavoured potato cream, Taggiasca olives and San Marzano tomato sauce (95AED). Wow-wee this is a good dish, we adored the charred taste and the crispy edges of the tender octopus and it comes highly recommended. We also sampled the slow-cooked artichoke hearts, green asparagus, parmesan shavings and lemon dressing (90AED) – this is a lovely dish, it’s very light and fresh, and has just the right amount of salty parmesan to bring out the flavour of the greens.

Our journey continued with The Artisan’s pasta dishes. Namely, the Agnolotti stuffed with Mantovani pumpkin, sage and butter, with aged parmesan fondue, topped with roasted almonds (90AED) and the green tortellini filled with basil pesto, Buffalo mozzarella cream, Taggiasca olives (95AED). Both dishes were exceptional. Simple, high-quality ingredients – and a flavour sensation with each and every bite. Don’t miss them.

For the main course, we decided to share the whole sea bream cooked in a fennel-flavoured sea salt crust and vierge sauce (172AED). The fish was moist and tender and the vierge sauce perfectly complimented it. We’d order it again.

Drinks-wise, The Artisan is licensed and also offers a variety of tempting mocktails. We sampled the Artisan Cooler (35AED) and the Tiki Teaser (35AED) from the mocktail menu and both were refreshing and tasty. From the cocktail menu, we went with the smokey and interesting La Paloma and would definitely recommend you do the same – cameras at the ready!

All in all The Artisan is a stunning fine dining restaurant. The food is fantastic and the interiors are jaw-droppingly beautiful. We hope that when we return this place will be buzzing with foodies who appreciate good food and want to experience a little piece of Italy in the heart of Dubai.

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