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Artisinal Report

Andy T. | Nov 10, 2003 01:07 PM

Found some posts from about a year back, so thought I'd update: yes, service still spotty (forgotten orders) and yes, still loud (fittingly).

Appetizers: onion soup not as good as Les Halles (cheese texture a little soft, and not enough to peel off the bowl), gougeres a big disappointment (lotsa puff, little cheese), Kumamotos (called "Komodos" by the sweet but overworked waitress) fine, special apple soup hugely filling (crumbles of chorizo on the bottom).

Entrees: could not finish my "chicken under a brick," but was moist and tender with crispy skin as advertised (and such a prix fixe bargain at $30!), venison very generously portioned (2 slabs), special arctic char quite perfect, and lamb juicy and flavorful.

Cheese Plate: I was near to passing out but did note a fantastic Celtic Promise as well as a very good Roquefort (which my Boston pal paired with a $60 glass of Sauternes to great delight).

Others had mentioned how they had stuffed their faces at Artisinal. I was gone after one glass of Leffe Blonde and my apple soup. Anyhow, place was totally full by 7:30 on Sat night. Still give those fun cheese checklists with those adorable adjectives (explosive, grassy, metallic) when you order.

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