Artisan @ The Bolton
He’s also one of only two New Zealanders to date to be appointed a WorldChefs judge. Which also says something.
Another of the things I’ve always liked at Artisan is the comfort and peacefulness to enjoy a meal or meeting without feeling like I’m at the zoo. The staff are unobtrusive (but still professional and available at the right times), you’re away from street level noise, and there’s a lovely sense of casual elegance right from the start when you float up the winding staircase.
Todays lunch consisted of melt-in-the-mouth marshmallowy tuna pastrami with crispy fennel and grapefruit mayo; followed by the market Moki on a Niçoise warm potato salad with a crisp pea, feta, mint and bean side salad; and then the creme brûlée with poached rhubarb (yes, I did share!).
All of the dishes were light, fresh, satisfying and felt just like summer – clearly made with quality ingredients and a light hand in the kitchen.
I also liked the interesting non-alcs (sparkling lime and cranberr or feijoa smoothie), the low alcohol and gluten-free beer section (Kereru’s Auro gluten-free Golden Ale), and a wide range of wines and spirits to suite all tastes. As you’d expect from a hotel restaurant.
Gluten-free food options are also available, and I expect Artisan would cater any dietary requirements without issue.
So don’t under-estimate this gem tucked away at the Bolton Hotel. You don’t have to spend a fortune or have a large (in this case lunch) eat, you can go light with one of their salads in a small size ($14), or maybe the soufflé with goat’s cheese, spinach and velouté ($17). Or go whole hog and make an event of it.
Do check out their Christmas menus, both lunch and dinner, they look pretty darned fine if you’ve still got some partying left to do (sorry Christmas Day itself at Artisan is sold out).