Great spot to enjoy a meal
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.