You’re unlikely to stumble upon Italian restaurant The Artisan by chance. Hidden away in the Burj Daman building in DIFC, it takes a bit of tracking down. And even when you’re standing outside, there are no clues to what you can expect from this understated location.
But step inside and everything changes. The friendly staff welcome you into a dimly-lit space with a stylish bar to the left as you enter. It’s not a big restaurant, which adds to the cosy atmosphere.
You won’t be confronted with endless pages of options here; the menu keeps things simple, but the quality of the dishes is high. There are traditional starters, small plates of pasta dishes and more substantial mains. Of these, don’t miss out on the pasta. What sound like basic recipes impress with bold flavours and indulgent sauces.
It goes without saying that dessert should be sampled at such a traditional Italian eatery. The tiramisu is faultless, as is the rich and crumbly cremino dell’Artisan, which features layers of chocolate, cream and nuts.
It may not be in the most glamorous or convenient of locations, but The Artisan stands out for its authentic cuisine and warm atmosphere.
The bottom line Classic Italian fare in a cosy setting.
The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri