As the unwritten rules of food sharing go, there’s always a polite potato or an “I-couldn’t-possibly” slice of pizza languishing unclaimed at the end of the meal, the victim of chronic courtesy. It takes a lot not to insist your fellow diners enjoy the last remaining morsel. Unless, that is, you’re eating at The Artisan. So good is the food that arrives to the table, it’s every fork-wielding man, woman and child for themselves.
Tucked away on the first floor of DIFC’s Burj Daman, this chic, low-lit Italian restaurant is the Dubai outpost of Florence’s three Michelin-starred Enoteca Pinchiorri. And if you haven’t already guessed by now, it’s well worth a visit.
Across the menu, the cooking rivals the best in the city. Burrata served with roasted tomatoes is the elusive perfect temperature and consistency, spilling lazily across the plate, while the slow-cooked octopus tentacle (pictured) is beautifully yielding, with a delicately crisp, salty exterior.
Of the mains, the sea bass, a fillet baked simply in a salt crust, shows how little interference really good ingredients need. Served topped with roughly chopped olives, we pair it with a colourful side of roasted mixed vegetables and a potato purée so rich it probably runs an investment firm in the next building.
It’s not often you come across such consistently spectacular cooking. When you do, leave your manners at the door. The Bottom Line Book a table. Now.
The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri