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Artisanale in Guelph

foodmaven Nov 25, 2006 11:55 PM

Has anyone eaten there yet?

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    Gourmando Nov 26, 2006 12:22 PM

    Is this the place opened by the former chef from the Law Society's Osgoode Hall restaurant in Toronto? I heard recently that he had left to open a restaurant in Guelph.

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      fanfood Nov 26, 2006 05:45 PM

      Yes, this is the place opened by the former chef at Osgoode Hall. Ate there this week and it was excellent. Some very interesting menu items and also wine, and not exorbitantly priced. We were told that the menu changes daily according to what is available and good. Definitely will go back.

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        hungryyet Dec 12, 2006 08:37 PM

        I know some people who went to artisanale and were very disappointed. It was very pricy for very small portions- in fact, the cheese plate was so tiny they sent it back. Hhmmm.

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          foodmaven Dec 14, 2006 03:13 AM

          We went a few weeks back and were quite disappointed - I hadn't realized that they'd just repackaged the Bookshelf Cafe, and our large-ish group (about 12 people) had the worst service I've seen there. One order was forgotten until all the other entrees were served, another group's personalized birthday cake was brought to us (which was, suffice to say, a surprise for all at our table), our server tended to only offer some items to half the table and took away tableware at random. While the food was decent, I had much higher hopes for the experience, and was not good value for Guelph (Toronto prices, small-ish portions, doesn't fly in Guelph).

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            eatdrinkdrink Jan 22, 2007 06:01 PM

            Recently I had the pleasure of eating at the restaurant under the new ownership. I was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised, both the service and food were both great. In response to small portions and heavy prices I happily disagree. In rebutle to a previous message Artisanale is just what Guelph asked for: seasonal, organic, fresh and homemade, all qualities that come at a price. Far too often do I eat at a restaurant that offers enormous portions for inexpensive prices all with one gleaming quality...questionable product(and inexpensive for a reason).
            Good luck. Happy eating.

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              fanfood Jan 28, 2007 06:19 AM

              Had dinner Friday night at Artisanale, for the second time in 1 week and found it to be wonderful. I also am surprised at the criticism re small portions. I have eaten there almost from the beginning of the new ownership and have been impressed with the food and did not find the portions to be small at all. The quality of the food is outstanding. It is obvious from the first bite that the ingredients are first-rate and the chef knows what he is doing. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants, and not just in Guelph. I agree with the previous post--quality costs.

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                SouGord Feb 2, 2007 04:40 AM

                We have always enjoyed the Bookshelf, and now, with Artisanale enjoy it even more! The menu, quality of the food and simple presentation makes us feel like we are living in France again. These are athentic french recipes prepared as they should be (portions isize ncluded) with only the freshest ingredients. The prices are reasonable and the wine list has a great selection with a variety of prices. We eat there almost once a week and have to hold ourselves back from going too much. Congratulations for a fantastic job by the new owners.

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                  vinomania Feb 3, 2007 11:58 AM

                  I think Artisanale is a pretty nice place to eat.
                  I have dined there many times with my partner (who is in the food industry) and we have both enjoyed every aspect of the place.
                  Service, Food, Atmosphere. We are very happy there. In guelph, especially downtown, I think it has become one of our favourites.

                  1. mainja Feb 3, 2007 11:42 PM

                    i don't live in guelph anymore, but i'm curious, where is artisanale? has it taken over the bookshelf cafe (which is kind of what it sounded like from sougord's response)?

                    1. Bob Catt Feb 4, 2007 02:02 AM

                      I know someone who lives in Guelph who eats out frequently with her man, so I asked her for a comment on Artisanale's food and service. Here's her reply:
                      "Variable. Some of the dishes are overpriced for what you get. Some are
                      good value. I am going there again Wednesday, and will report back. We
                      found the service really good, but then, we were not in a rush."

                      1. Bob Catt Feb 4, 2007 02:04 AM

                        I forgot to mention that after she revisits Artisanale on Wednesday I'll post her comments here.

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                          vinomania Feb 4, 2007 09:37 AM

                          yes - the bookshelf cafe is no more
                          It is now Artisanale

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                            mainja Feb 4, 2007 09:39 AM

                            interesting... thanks for filling me in.

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