Great spot to en­joy a meal

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out Dining - ADVERTORIAL Sandra Holmes

For Satur­day lunch, my hus­band and I headed to Duns­bor­ough’s Artezen, where we were warmly greeted by Pa­trice and could choose to sit ei­ther in­side or out.

They have great cof­fee here, which we en­joyed while go­ing through the menu.

Owner Ryan has been more than five years with Artezen and his ap­proach to the style is a mix of fresh mod­ern Aus­tralian cui­sine, with a Mediter­ranean/ Mid­dle Eastern in­flu­ence, mak­ing for an in­ter­est­ing and invit­ing menu.

The lunch menu ranges from soup of the day and tart of the day to sal­ads, pasta and choices of burg­ers and sand­wiches, a “late break­fast” se­lec­tion, or some­thing more sub­stan­tial.

I chose from the black­board spe­cials a Poke Bowl ($22). My meal was a har­mony of well-balanced ingredients with an ex­plo­sion of tastes.

Crispy bar­ra­mundi por­tions were served on top of brown rice with fen­nel, grape­fruit, yo­ghurt and fin­ger lime.

The crispy skinned bar­ra­mundi was beau­ti­fully cooked, with the rice moist and tasty. Fen­nel had been sliced, mar­i­nated and the aniseed taste of this, to­gether with av­o­cado, dress­ing, seg­ments of grape­fruit and the fin­ger lime, brought the dish to­gether.

The toasted wild rice and quinoa gave a crunchy tex­ture to the meal.

Phill’s Seafood Paella ($29), from the reg­u­lar lunch menu had an abun­dance of seafood. The large tiger prawns were cooked to per­fec­tion, the cut­tle­fish de­li­ciously ten­der and the creamy con­sis­tency of the flavour­ful rice, to­gether with just the right amount of tomato and hot chorizo, gave it a zing.

Round­ing off the dish, a splash of saf­fron aioli and fresh herbs were added and Phill heaped praise on his choice.

Both our dishes were gen­er­ous and thor­oughly en­joy­able.

We couldn’t fit any­thing fur­ther in, although the blue­berry yo­ghurt cake and a co­conut rhubarb crum­ble have our names on them for next time.

A new spring menu is com­ing up shortly and it will in­clude a Poke Bowl, which has been im­mensely pop­u­lar. Count me as a firm fan of this dish. Fully li­censed, Artezen cafe, restau­rant and bar is open seven days a week from 7am-4pm. It has a re­laxed vibe, of­fer­ing great choices, very rea­son­able prices and gen­uinely nice staff. I’m look­ing for­ward to our next visit and can rec­om­mend it as a great spot to en­joy a meal.

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