The Artisan By Enoteca Pinchiorri, DIFC

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on January 16th, 2017

About

Famous in florence and beyond, enoteca pinchiorri is known for offering a feast for the senses. L’enoteca pinchiorri is home to one of the best chefs in the world, and the 3 michelin stars main restaurant in florence has been highly acclaimed since the 1970's. 

Thanks to Annie Féolde and Giorgio Pinchiorri’s passion for food and wine, today, Enoteca Pinchiorri is more than a restaurant: an institution of gourmet excellence, a destination for all discerning food, wine and ambiance lovers. The Artisan by Enoteca Pinchiorri is yet another chapter in a rich culinary history. It is a sensational awakening and a celebration of Italian excellence, characterized by delectable dishes, an exhaustive wine selection, elegant interiors and friendly service.​ 

Ambiance

Simple yet posh is what describes the ambiance here the best. The interiors are very rustic with a modern twist. The lampshades have an engraving that is not to be missed, the original chandelier, the intriguing paintings, and the blue walls. The key is in the details here, which can be missed so easily. The place has a calm vibe to it, that makes it perfect for a dinner concentrated evening. 

Review

We had the delightful chance of visiting and trying out The Artisan after hearing such rave reviews about it. It is supposed to be the Best Italian restaurant in Dubai, and hence we went with great expectations. Luckily, The Artisan did not disappoint. The food was beyond excellence but the real show stealer were the drinks that just kept getting better. The quantity of the food is perfect and it is very rich in taste. They have a huge variety for the vegetarians, which is awesome! The service should get a special mention here because they know what they are doing. Very kind and very well versed. We had the most beautiful time gorging all the lovely food throughout the night. 

Bar

​The bar at The Artisan is quite interesting, and can almost become the USP of the place. Their drinks menu is unheard of and very unique. The interiors that make up the bar are exquisite. They also have something called the Wine Flights, which is a wine tasting concept especially popular across Europe where a trio of wines is paired with your food choices too bring out the best flavours in both. The Artisan’s experienced sommeliers are always available to assist. 

Beverages

White Mojito: 
White wine, Limonocello, Lime Juice, Fresh Mint, Sugar, Soda. Beautifully presented and very refresshing. It was almost 500mls of this cocktail and very very potent! Loved it. Complete value for money. 
Kir All’italiana:
Italian prosecco, hibiscus syrup, black current liquor, golden powder. Literal golden powder! Besides being a looker, the drink was fit for a king. Nectarous and of course very potent. 
Fiore Di Vino:
White wine, elderflower, cordial, chamomile syrup, lemon juice. My wife ordered this drink, and she could not stop clicking pictures of it. She said it was one of the best cocktails she has had in a very long time. It was sweet and mild and exactly what she needed to wind down with. 
Cold Wine Brûlée:
Red wine, Red port, Lemonade, Sugar, Spices, Citruses. I had not had a spiced up drink in a long time, so used this as an opportunity to try their version out which did not disappoint. Loved the presentation and it was the perfect after meal drink for me. 

Food

Zuppa di Lenticchie di Castelluccio al Tartufo Nero:
Which is basically a castelluccio Lentil soup with black truffle. It tasted like a warm cup of goodness! The consistency was the soup was perfect, without being too rich. The truffle on top was charming. 
Insalata di Carciofi, Asparagi Verdi, Parmigiano e Limone:
Loosely translated into an artichoke and green asparagus salad, parmesan slices and lemon. It was an exquisite presentation with an even better taste! Very light and refreshing, it is a unique way to use artichokes.
Polpo Cotto in Olio Extra Vergine di Oliva, Fagiolini, Patate e Olive Taggiasche:
Slow cooked Octopus in extra virgin olive oil served with fresh green beans, potatoes, and Taggiasca olives. As reluctant as I was to even try it, I am glad I did because it is something very gourmet and exotic. Octopus tends to be really leathery if not cooked well but this one just had an uber crunchy skin and soft like butter meat. Highly recommended. 
Fiori di Zucchina Fritti, Farciti di Mozzarella di Bufala e Pesto Toscano:
Fried zucchini flowers stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella and Tuscan Pesto. The zucchini flowers were batter fried, but they still somehow maintained their integrity in terms of shape and taste. The mozzarella combined with the spicy Tuscan pesto was an amazing combination! A Must try, just that our portion was a tad bit oily. 
Agnolotti del Plin Farciti di Zucca Mantovana, Salvia, Burro e Mandorle Tostate, con Fonduta di Parmigiano Reggiano:
Handmade Agnolotti stuffed with Mantova pumpkin, sage, butter and roasted almonds, topped with parmesan fondue. Absolutely divine. This one again surprised us, because of the pumpkin. A very subtle ingredient that made all the difference. The crunch from the almonds was much appreciated. 
Unfortunately, we don't really remember the name of this dish, but it is a cheese stuffed ravioli topped with sauce and loads of truffle shavings. What we instantly appreciated was the authenticity, in terms of serving us actual truffle as opposed to just using a flavoring. The dish itself was very rich and fulfilling on a cozy night like this. 
Zucchine Fritte:
Fried zucchini strips served as a side. Tasted really good, but were way too oily for our liking. It is definitely a interesting side option, other than a salad or even regular fries. 
Branzino in Crosta di Sale con Salsa Vergine:
Sea bass cooked under a salt crust served with virgin sauce. The bass was beautifully cooked which retained a mild flavor, and a very buttery texture. It was really moist and flaky to eat and the salasa on top was enticing and complemented the bass well. 

Desserts

The chef prepared this dish especially for us, and we loved it. I speculate about the ingredients and I hope I am right. It was a cannelloni stuffed with orange flavored ricotta or creme, served on a bed of pistachio and chocolate crumbs, with some pistachio creme and maraschino cherries. It was indeed a really good combination of ingredients that summed up to a lovely dessert. 
The Real Tiramisu: 
​This was served in a huge glass bowl, showing off its perfect layers. It was topped by some cocoa and chocolate powder, that kept a balance between sweet and bitter. The mascarpone cream was on point and so was the sponge. It did not weigh down the dessert, but kept it light and airy. Also, the coffee kick was exactly what we needed after the lull caused by those extremely rich main courses and potent cocktails. 

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Good

Ambiance –
Excellent

Value for Money –
Good

Service & Hospitality –
Excellent

Quality & Taste of Food –
Excellent

Cost –
About AED200-250 Per PAX

Cuisine –
Italian

Phone –
04 3388133

Address –
​Level P5, Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai

Verdict

Our time at The Artisan was somewhat so special, we cannot wait to go back here again. The servers are so super sweet and informative. The food is excellent, well obviously since it has a michellin refernce attached to it, the ambiance is classy and near perfect. There isn't one thing wrong with Artisan, that would hinder your want to go here! If Italian is your thing, and you okay to settle with the best in town, then this is your place! Be sure to make a reservation though. 

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.


Posted in Food ~ The Tasterpreneur    Tagged with Super Fine Dining, Italiano, Sea Food, Cocktails, DIFC


3 Comments

Rakesh Wadhwa - January 16th, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Love the detailing
rani - January 17th, 2017 at 4:32 AM
amaze
Niharika - January 28th, 2017 at 1:30 AM
Look really extrordinary!

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