Artisan, Spinningfields, Manchester
PUBLISHED: 19:13 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 19:13 05 February 2014
If you thought Spinningfields couldn’t get any better, then you’d be wrong! As part of the hip and trendy Avenue North, Artisan sits pretty and offers a scrumptious menu.
From the moment you step inside Artisan oozes creativity and style. The restaurant is filled with amazing art and exclusive pieces that you can’t help but stare at and get lost in.
The dining area is plush yet stripped back. Delightful light fittings stand out in this magnificently raw space. Overall Artisan has a very charming and exquisite atmosphere.
The kitchen is on show for all to see. The huge fire ovens are a focal point and a great feature and talking point for guests. There’s always something exciting about seeing chefs in their domain. I often wonder if I could cope with working in a kitchen, the fact that I can’t cook probably doesn’t help!
The staff are well presented, attentive and knowledgeable. I liked that my waiter was able to advise me on what cocktail worked best with my menu choices. They don’t try and sell you something for the sake of it. They want you to enjoy the whole dining experience without feeling pressured or pushed into making a choice. With an extensive drinks list it was impressive to see that the team knew the menu inside out. This made me feel relaxed and I knew from that moment I was dealing with professionals.
I started my feast with some marinated mixed olives from the ‘Nibbles’ section which were very tasty and a pleasant bite to have whilst perusing the menu. At no point did I ever feel rushed. Artisan prides itself on casual dining and it was so. I really felt like I could chat, dine and unwind.
For my starter I enjoyed the Baked Camembert with beetroot and red onion chutney, priced at £6.50. The chutney was definitely homemade, you could taste the freshness and it complemented the camembert beautifully. It was a great starter to get stuck in to. You can’t beat mopping up cheese with some bread, and with a dollop of chutney I was in heaven.
For my main I devoured a Skillet of Smoked Salmon, poached eggs, green vegetables, hollandaise and crushed potatoes, all for just £10.95. It was a huge portion and the poached eggs were done to perfection. It’s not easy doing a poached egg and I have to say this is the best one I have ever had. The salmon was beautifully prepared and the presentation of the whole dish was spot on. Like the chutney, the hollandaise sauce was clearly homemade. No shop bought sauces here, this massively appealed.
I did see the Pulled Pig sandwich with BBQ sauce and crinkle cut chips on another table though and it looked amazing! When speaking to my fellow diner he couldn’t have been happier. “It’s astonishing” he said as he continued to shovel the food into his mouth! That’s what I’m having next time!
Dessert was divine. I opted for the Salted Caramel Banana with Gingerbread ice cream. Reasonably priced at £4.50 it did not disappoint. The fusion of the salted caramel and gingerbread ice cream was delicious and I wolfed it down in no time! A simple yet very effective dish.
Another great value, fabulous eatery in Manchester City Centre that is well worth a visit or two, or three, or………...you get my drift!
18-22 Bridge Street
Tel: 0161 832 4181