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Published August 10th 2014
Come with an appetite for beautifully prepared fare
While the Southbank area certainly has no shortages of dining options, one of its newest options is certainly worth checking out. Recently opened in April and tucked inside the Southgate shopping centre on level 1, Artusi is the latest addition from the same team that has built popular Tutto Bene to its success over the last 10 years.
Recently opened in April, Artusi is located on level 1 of the Southgate centre.
Artusi features an Italian tapas style menu as well as traditional pastas and much more.
We were fortunate enough to try out a variety of chef Leandro Panza's selected dishes and were not left wanting. The tapas are the perfect size to share and we tried out the baccala mantecatto or a salted cod dip, as well as the smoked octopus carpaccio, both admittedly pleasantly different from what I expected as the cod dip wasn't overbearingly fishy or salty and the octopus was tea-smoked and rather light instead of oily or heavy.
The dish we couldn't get enough of: fresh tuna, white balsamic and soy.
The winning dish for us, however, was the fresh tuna, white balsamic and soy - an absolute gem of a dish. Beware though, if you've ever been tempted to defy social etiquette and lick a dish, this one will be a struggle.
Also on the menu and an unusual twist on tapas, the burrata al tartuffo is an artisan made black truffle mozzarella. This tasty parcel appears on the plate with some coal roasted beetroots and chianti vinaigrette looking similar to a traditional buffalo mozzarella. But as your fork gently breaks the skin of this cheese, it actually bursts open with a creamy black truffled cheese you'll simply need more bread for.
Not your typical mozzarella, this black truffle mozzarella bursts open with flavour.
The green beans, Jerusalem artichoke and parmesan dish was an ideal accompaniment with a variety of textures and tangy crunch.
The pasta aren't too heavy or creamy and oil laden and genuinely do reflect the pasta as the centre component to the dish and if you're dining with anyone who is gluten intolerant, many of the dishes can be made to accommodate.
Tangy and crunchy and very delicious, the green bean and Jerusalem artichokes are a great salad alternative.
The location makes it ideal to grab a meal before or after a show at one of the many performance spaces nearby, but we recommend dining at a time when you're not focussing on the time to truly enjoy and experience Artusi.
Perfect for a late afternoon lunch or an evening when you're keen to relax and enjoy the food and your company, Artusi is tucked away from the bustling Southbank area.