Been to Artisanal lately?
I pre-purchased a special tasting at Bar Artisanal about a month ago only to learn it closed "for renovations" a couple of days ago. Now I'm told my reservation will be honored at Artisanal instead (with a different menu, of course, and no refunds).
I'm less than thrilled that I'm getting something completely different from the anticipated tapas tasting I bought. But putting that aside, I don't know anyone who's been to Artisanal in years, and I can't find any substantive comments on this board since 2007. Anybody been there lately? My sense is that it's well past its prime, but that's not really based on anything concrete -- would appreciate any feedback.
Here's the menu for the meal we'll be getting:
Maine Diver Sea Scallops with corn coulis, chorizo and piquillo peppers
Steak Au Poivre or Steak Frites
Cheese Plate with tableside visit from the restaurant's fromager
Cherry Clafouti, Cherry-Port Ice Cream, Port Tuille
While I haven't had dinner at Artisanal, I have had brunch within the past year, and think it's great (and definitely not past its prime). Cheese is the restaurant's specialty. Don't worry and enjoy yourself!
its been about a year or so since ive been, but there was nothing wrong with it then - i didnt notice any appreciable drop from years before