SquareMeal Review of
The Artisan Bistro
This handsome little bistro slipped under the radar when it opened early in 2016 and deserves more widespread acclaim. The narrow site is simply attired with bare tables and vivid artwork and also operates as a wine bar for locals (our G&T made with Surrey’s Silent Pool gin was a revelation); obvious TLC has gone into the 50-odd list of wines by the glass. However, it’s the modern European menu – arriving via the chef’s native Washington DC – that’s the draw. We started with Padrón peppers served with juicy segments of orange and a sherry drizzle, and also tried some excellent wedges of breadcrumbed aubergine. The undoubted star of the show, though, was a main-course lobster mac 'n' cheese: a rich, gooey, meaty bowl of indulgence. To finish, passion-fruit meringue was perhaps too sweet, but this was a minor slip. Great food and charming service make Artisan an accomplished little package.