OK, so I am just going to put this out there…this is one of the best meals that Nick and I have ever had. Now, I know that’s a bold statement, but here’s why:
So we are in London, the sun is shining and we walk though beautiful Chelsea past all of the incredible homes with black and white tiled porches and arrive at The Artisan Bistro in high spirits. The staff there make us feel like a king and queen, they really take pride in their work and act like they actually want you to be there (which isn’t always a given – I’m looking at you, Berlin).
The owner has a passion for wines and was keen to share his knowledge with us. He explained that it is imperative that the perfect meal is accompanied with the perfect drink.
I love really dark, smokey and stereo-typically ‘masculine’ cocktails, because of this waiting staff will often bring a round of drinks over and hand mine to Nick! In keeping with this tradition, I tried the owner’s favourite cocktail ‘The Artisan negroni’ and Nick had a glass of Malbec, which he very much enjoyed (as you can see from the picture).
The concept of the menu is to present the finest European dishes, sourced from all corners of Europe for quality. For example the oysters were sourced from Colchester and the lemon-sole came from Irish waters.
I absolutely loved the rock oysters, the lemon sole was gigantic (see picture above) and the chocolate souffle was that delicious that we devoured it without even thinking to take a photograph – oops.
The exceptional level of service is strengthened by the fact that the owner is also the manager and oversees everything in the Bistro, giving it a very personal feel. Next time I am in the UK I would love to go back, it was such a special experience.
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