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Artisanal -- great lunch deal


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Artisanal -- great lunch deal

Eric Eto | Jul 15, 2002 03:22 PM

Finally got a chance to try Artisanal for lunch last week. They have extended the restaurant week lunches throughout the summer, and it was one of the better $20.02 lunches I've had. I'm not sure how often they rotate the entree choices, but the skate wings are the way to go. It comes with a lively citrus-caper-rubarb concoction. The white bean soup du jour was also silky and wonderful. My companion's chicken paillard was fine but pretty uninspired. The best part of the meal was the dessert choices, which includes a nice cheese plate du jour for a $6 supplement. OK, the $6 might be a bit hefty, but the cheeses were very good, and unlike most cheese plates, this one was hefty. It could easily be shared among 3-4 people. So if you're dining with a group, make sure one person gets the cheese plate and share the other desserts. Two out of the three cheeses I've had before (Valdeon, a sharp spanish blue cheese, and Pyrenee, a hard goat cheese), but the third was unusual and addictive -- called Azeitão from Portugal, it's a semisoft sheepsmilk cheese that is sweet but with a sour finish. Also, because Artisanal has such a large dining room, it never seems to fill up, so I'm certain you can just walk in and be seated immediately for lunch. It's a great way to take advantage of the extended restaurant week deal.

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