As a Chef managed establishment, Artisan Restaurant in West Hartford offers a one of a kind experience that celebrates the theme of craftsmanship and sustainability, combining the casual yet comfortable elegance of a country-chic setting with artful cuisine. Although our dinner reservation was booked for what we expected would be a busy time, 6:45, except for my wife and I and another table of two, the main dining area was empty, so this review may not be reflective of the typical ambiance. And even though I always seem to find myself missing Najia, this place satisfies my taste buds and soothes my spirit. Just thinking of going there brightens my mood. From here, I can observe the couples in the springtime of their lives and early stages of romance , their eyes fixed on each until the arrival of their meals interferes, forcing them to actually eat. My favorites are the beef sauté, the Pad Thai, most of the curries, and all of the sautéed dishes.
We did get another piece of bread. The Wedge Salad pairs nicely. I definitely appreciate going to a restaurant with vegetarian options for me as well as plenty of omnivore options for my husband. A glass of chicha morada followed by wine is perfect. The sautéed catfish is fragrant with spices. But a handy snack, too.
My favorite is the lamb kebab masala that comes with Nepalese fluffy Basmati rice or a Persian Polow with charcoal-grilled veggies, nuts, and chicken or lamb. Try the apple Gorgonzola or the Brussels sprouts and arugula. But then, so does everything they serve. Start with cornmeal-dusted fired oysters with egg salad, truffle pearl, and truffle butter. The food we exceptional, we had the fixed menu which was priced just right.
They had a good live band and our waitress was politely efficient, which was impressive given the crowd and noise. Gathering is what we do. Sunday mornings, head here for brunch. Building on our Chefs deep knowledge of Mediterranean cooking and years of research and travel, the menu features shared small plates of authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique Mediterranean wines, making Zohara one of the most exciting restaurants in New England. Meals are casual, with plenty of burgers, sandwiches, street tacos, omelets, pizzas, soups, and salads. Kids vary, so who knows.
And I always enjoy taking some home. The wine list is extensive. And the desserts are so beautiful I often hesitate to eat them. Discovery is, after all, half the fun. Then come here to what could for all the world be a vintage Parisian brasserie with a sophisticated, modern facade — and a menu that follows suit, with traditional French entrées.
Just remember: When you leave, go out the back door, the same way you came in, but in the opposite direction. Menu is limited and descriptions not entirely clear so one needs to ask what certain terms are. The Crab Tartine, with grilled asparagus, avocado, radishes, hard boiled egg, hazelnut, piquillo pepper aioli, and sour dough bread. Prai kitchen will be a true find for Thai aficionados, and will attract many who are new to the cuisine. Their soups are always a good bet, as are the Tavern Burger or Seared Tuna Tacos served at lunch. And sooner than later, I intend to try the Irish Nacho Burger.
For dinner, try the Cast Iron Duck, with goat feta polenta roasted corn, mushrooms, and a cherry-demi glace. We shared desserts the warm mini donuts. Then I move on to a classic beef dish like lomo saltado, followed by the Cau Cau de Pollo — a yellow pepper and chicken stew. Wood-fired brick-oven pizzas range from delightfully traditional to wildly imaginative. The ambience recalls the warmth and clubbiness of the wood-paneled era, minus the pretense. In 2006, our idea became; b Restaurants.
And since it was late, I just had a nice digestive: Amaro — no ice. Personally, I think it needs just the right blend of everything, plus a little bit of intrigue. Reservations are highly recommended, so book your tables early. Once when I was there, I must have looked lost, because an Irish guy ordered all my food for me — and what a meal. We saw there was a table for two and the corner and asked for that table and were it was reserved.
Five minutes or more later she comes back and offers us the table in the corner. Recently, I began with the Artisanal Flatbread, served with fig jam, prosciutto, and arugula, followed by the Lattuga salad, with Bibb lettuce, apple, Gorgonzola, and almonds. These days, I prefer to remain seated for a crisp glass of Vinho Verde and a great meal. We asked to be moved and the hostess left to check on another table. And it serves great meals.