Artiste Restaurant and Cafe

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on May 29th, 2016

About

Artiste Restaurant and Cafe is an infant F+B outlet on the Dubai Marina Walk. One way to enter is through the Orra building in Marina. The good lady who invited us explained that its been only 3 months since they have opened and they are in the process of changing the menus and hiring a Tunisian Chef too! When asked what will make for the USP of this restaurant, she very confidently said the “home-style” cooked food and the fact that one can indulge in activities like “Paint-nights” on dedicated days amongst others will lure crowds in!To think of it, it seems like an amazing fun concept wherein for once people wont be into their phones and end up actually conversing and doing something together! 

Review

The decor is a classic cafe-style and chilled and when we entered we saw a few people playing cards, whilst the others anticipated the upcoming soccer ceremony! Anyways, we sat on the smoking side since we wanted to sheesha. Our menu was selected by our host, and it was well thought of because we feel we got a taste of everything we would have wanted to try! She explained how the food being served has streaks of Tunisian and Arabic cuisine, and how they’ve actually incorporated their household recipes to make the food authentic!

So to begin with:

Tunisian Lemonade:
Classic lemonade with blanched almonds in it! It was almost entertaining to snack on the almonds while sipping on the lemonade!
​Appetizers:

Hummus: 
This is one of the BEST hummus we’ve ever eaten, and we’ve very religious tried hummus at almost all places in Dubai! It was a perfect combination of the tahini the chickpeas paste and something like garlic that gave it a sharp hit! Super smooth and perfectly portioned!
​Baba Ghanoush:
If you like eggplant then you will love the ​Baba Ghanoush which is basically a combination of Roasted eggplant with tahini and pomegranate molasses dip. Tried it but found it too bitter for my taste.
​Fried Kibbeh:
We were told this a recipe right out of their mum’s notes. And that is why we thought it worked! Kibbeh can be too tough or non flavourful sometimes but this one was cooked to perfection! It had some pine nuts in it which added a crunch apart fro the fried bulgar coating!

​Cheese Barak: 
Cheese deep fried in a pasty! Nothing can possible go wrong with this but their version made sure its not grossly greesy to the hands, hence it was even more appetising!
Baba ghanoush: Classic middle easter appetiser that we used a dip with our food and fries because it was super zesty! Roasted eggplant with tahini and pomegranate molasses gave it a good piquancy that was honestly quite addictive!  
​Tunisian Grilled Salad: 
Very extraordinary tasting, this one comprised of grilled vegetables, mixed with olive oil and Tunisian herbs and topped with tuna and boiled eggs! It was a very wholesome dish and really reflected the flavours from the mixed herbs! Tasted brilliant with bruschetta 
​Sandwich Fricassee: 
​Local Tunisian Street Food served in a restaurant Hands down a clear winner for the night in terms of savoury food. Extremely soft bread bedded with spicy mashed potatoes laden with smooth tuna and super delish egg whites.
Mains:

Artiste Mixed Grill: 
Huge. Yes, its a sharable platter for more than 2 people for sure! It included a few items namely:

Chicken Kebab- super soft and juicy and well spiced!
Lamb Kebab: Tad bit salty, but cooked well nonetheless
Lamb Chops: Beautiful. Frenched and rubbed generously with spices
Beef Tikka: One of the best we’ve had in town for sure! The beef wasn’t overdone and retained some of its own flavour which we loved.

On complimenting them about the meat quality we were told that the meat here is only grass fed meat and hence there is an obvious upgradation of taste! 
Desserts:

Artiste Milky Sticks: 
Just when we thought they couldn’t outdo themselves, this dessert made my the lady herself arrived on our table! It was cheese rolled in deep fried crispy pasty and topped with condensed milk and cinnamon and some finely chopped nuts! Every bite was magical and we devoured the whole thing! She also said that its something they make fresh and to order, because they believe its the only way to do justice to the dish! 
Artiste Rice Pudding: 
​Another spectacular offering! The rice pudding wasn’t overwhelming sweet or heavy like traditional rice puddings. The chopped pistachios on top along with the coconut shavings really aded to the taste of it! 

Rating

Interiors –
Good

Location –
Good

Ambiance –
Good

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
About AED50-100 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Italian, BBQ, Tunisian, Arabic

Address –
Orra Marina Building, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Verdict –
These people are new but they sure know what they are doing! The food here is of premium quality and home-style, which is a rarity nowadays. So get yourselves to come here and try them out. Its definitely a satisfying experience.
​Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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