Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Rate-A-Restaurant #275: Artisan House

Artisan House

Restaurant: Artisan House

Location: 600 S. Main St. (Downtown)

Artisan House

Type of restaurant: Mediterranean

Artisan House

We stipulated: Before heading to the Los Angeles Theatre for the Last Remaining Seats presentation of "Paper Moon," we wanted to eat. But it had to be fast, and close by. We hit Coles right before 7, but they wouldn't serve us their happy hour menu. So we decided to try a new spot instead, and Artisan House looked intriguing (despite its bad Yelp reviews).

Artisan House

They stipulated: "The roof of the historic Pacific Electric Building at the corner of 6th and Main in downtown Los Angeles is about as urban as urban gets, and yet this space is home to a splendid rooftop garden that will supply Artisan House with a steady stream of the freshest, most delicious homegrown herbs and vegetables available."

Artisan House

What we ordered: Sicilian Spicy Tuna Tartare (Pilacca, Pistachios, Basil, Quail Egg, Balsamic, Garlic Crostini), $9; Tartufo Bianco flatbread (Roast Garlic, Alba Funghi, House Ricotta, Fontina, Tallegio, Winter Truffles, Crispy Kale), $13; Grilled Broccolini, $7

Artisan House

High point: The service was attentive -- we told them we were on a time restraint, and they made sure our food came promptly, and we were out of there at a decent time.

Artisan House

Artisan House

Overall impression: Much better than I was expecting. Reasonable prices for the dishes to share, an interesting cocktail menu, good crust on the flatbread and decent service.

Artisan House

Chance we'll go back: It's another good use of a large space in one of downtown's old buildings. Not as cozy as Pete's but not as loud as Bottega Louie. It's a bustling corner, and I wouldn't mind returning.

2 comments:

Chef Scott Persson said...

Thank you for the nice comments. My name is Scott and am the new Executive Chef. I would love to meet with you and discuss the new route Artisan house is traveling.

waikiki resort said...

I wan tot try the pizza. This Artisan House really sounds familiar, kinda heard it somewhere. Thanks for posting this one friend.

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