ARTUSI - 3.75


Before Artusi came along, one had to spend a bomb to get their fill of good Italian cooking (San Gimignano and Le Cirque). Of course there are other cheaper alternatives, but for me they are at best sub par, in front of these names. Despite international cuisine options (non 5-star), springing about all over the city - very few if any at all, give you an authentic experience. Artusi has managed just that and I couldn't be happier. The food served here is rustic Italian, so don't go looking for any contemporary flare. It is certainly more for the purists. If you like each dish to have an onslaught of cheesy, saucy, spicy tones, chances are you may right off Artusi. I for one, loved the simplicity of flavours here. 

Now there were some dishes that didn't hit home but don't let that dissuade you because the menu is quite extensive. Plus, the good out weighed the bad by a mile. 

I have tried Artusi twice. Once as take out and once at the restaurant. There were a few glitches with the service on both occasions. The first time around as take-out, one out of our two mains was never sent. Though they delivered it as promptly as they could, it was really quite careless on their part. The second time around we seemed to be the only table without a bread basket. At first I assumed they don't serve one, so I didn't bother asking. Realising, only after seeing one on every table around us; by when it was all too late. And the next faux pas, I shall get in to later. Over all, the service was poor and haphazard. There seemed to be a disconnect between the kitchen and the floor staff. For the moment I'm willing to deal with it, just for that panna cotta alone. But let me not encourage their disorder.
  • Piadina e Crescione - Now this would have been fine, had you not read what the menu promised. What was to be a platter of "fine" cheeses and "selected cured meats - parma, salame, mortadella", was depraved of the mortadella and cheeseS (emphasis on the plural). To be fair, there was a bowl of rocket, with some fresh ricotta like cheese, but that hardly constitutes as "fine cheeses".  I don't know if our definitions differ greatly, but I was expecting at least a small selection! Again this is the lag between the kitchen and the floor that I mentioned. The kitchen should be updating their staff on any changes to the menu, who in return should be informing the customer. Then it is down to the customer if they still want a fairly enjoyable platter, though devoid of half the things promised, or not. Communication is key!

Instead you are met with a thick, fibrous leaf, whose bite mimics an ornate plant, rather than one you would find palatable. Better for cow fodder if you ask me. Shame because otherwise the salad has nothing to lose.

(I would have liked to give Artusi an even better rating, but there were a few too many glitches that I am hoping will sort themselves out, given time and attention. Let's start with the kitchen communicating with the in-house staff and the staff communicating with the customer.! )

*This review was paid for and conducted anonymously* 

Budget: Expensive. Our last meal included 3 starters, 3 mains, and alcohol (2 glasses wine, 2 beers and 2 yummy peach mimosas - Rs.10, 000)

Alcohol: Yes full bar

Outdoor Dining: No

Delivery: No


8:30 a.m to 11:30 a.m - Light breakfast (pastries and breads)
12 p.m to 3:30 p.m - Lunch
5 p.m to 9 p.m - Happy Hour
7 p.m to 12 a.m - Dinner


011 49066666

 M 24, M-Block Market, Greater Kailash 2

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