A colourful palette of ingredients proved perfectly palate-pleasing at this English restaurant.
Chefs must surely have taken inspiration from the eye-catching artworks on the walls when conjuring up their culinary creations.
Situated in the Biscuit Gallery, famed for its quirky pieces, Artisan is a little off the beaten track. But it’s worth a visit to this more Bohemian corner of Newcastle.
The restaurant, which operates separately to the Ouseburn venue’s cafe, manages to strike that fine balance between being fancy and informal and feels like you’re sitting in a trendy New York apartment with its exposed brickwork and edgy paintings.
The menu doffs its cap to British fare and is ever-changing, depending on what the kitchen team have sourced that day. On the day we visited, it was the scotch egg and belly pork (£9.50) which won my patronage. It arrived as pretty as a picture, the sliced open scotch egg just the right side of runny with a triangle of crunchy pork skin managing to look almost dainty, while splodges of apple sauce proved a tart addition to the meaty main ingredients.
Though the scotch egg and crackling in this particular dish are notoriously heavy, this version was light enough to leave space for mains.
Typical mains range from steak and souffle to risotto and rabbit. It wasn’t quite as pricey as I expected – most are priced £14-£18 which is competitive for this standard of dining, but it’s worth checking out the early bird menu for more purse-friendly options.
I chose one of the locally-sourced fish dishes – North sea cod with king scallops and wild mushrooms (£19.50).
Again, it was impeccably presented and tasted as good as it looked, a delicate balance of flavours and textures which created a delicious medley.
This is a restaurant that’s constantly changing its offering and it’s worth looking out for its seasonal showcase nights. The next is themed around Bonfire Night and promises to take diners’ tastebuds on a trip back to the 17th Century.