It's the new kid on the block, and too cool for school. Artisan is yet another of the Living Ventures offspring, meaning they now own about half of Manchester. Their establishments are synonymous with style and everything they touch appears to turn to gold. I went with an open mind and an empty tummy, in search of steak, and cinnamon dusted desserts.
Friday evening was hot. We arrived in Spinningfields to find a sea of sun worshipping party goers in their finest frocks, sat on every available surface. The Oast House was absolutely heaving, and you could barely see the Aperol Spritz bar.
The first thing that hits you when you arrive is the sheer scale of the operation. The restaurant can serve up to 250 covers, plus the bar area. Dining areas are in 'strips' with divides between them, so it still feels quite cosy.
Paddy ordered the chorizo and potato pizza with rocket, red peppers and piri piri. This is served on a beautifully home made base and comes with a pizza cutter - he liked this. He decided this is the best pizza in Manchester hands down. And yes, there is a pile of crisps in the centre.If I ever see cinnamon on a dessert menu, I struggle not to order what ever is accompanying it. This apple turnover was dusted with cinnamon icing sugar and came served with vanilla ice cream. Simple, yet very pleasant indeed.
The salted caramel baked banana with gingerbread ice cream looks a bit of an ugly ducking, but is rather tasty indeed. That gingerbread ice cream is a pudding in its own right. I may have stolen some of this... May have.
If I'm being honest, I really didn't know what to expect from Artisan. I'd seen pictures on Twitter which looked amazing, but I was a little concerned that it would be a bit too trendy for my liking. It is trendy, there's no doubt about that, but it's also friendly. You'll be just as comfortable going in your jeans and a nice top/shirt as those who do the full dolling up in a stomach constricting dress and sky scraper heals.
I'm not usually a fan of loud music in restaurants either, but there was a fantastic mix of tunes which everyone seemed pleased with! Quite a few of my guilty pleasures were there, as well as some classics. For example, TLC's 'Creep' was sandwiched between Suede's 'Beautiful Ones' and the Sugar Babes' 'Freak Like Me'!
We are definitely going back to Artisan. I've already mentally made a date with their Sunday roast, which comes with the option of ordering the entire roast for the table. Nice. We didn't have a single complaint about our food, and the service was impecable. Seamless from start to finish.
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