French deli and cafe L’Artisan is one of my favourite ‘new’ finds. It isn’t particularly new to Trafalgar Road having been open since 2011, but it is new to my heart. :).
A friend of mine and her family were staying during the summer, and as Trafalgar Cafe isn’t open on a Sunday, I thought a French breakfast would be an excellent start to the day and a good excuse to finally visit this tiny but inviting deli.
We were in luck that day as there was just enough space for six of us plus a buggy. We took up half the shop but there was still space for another table of four.
Scrambled eggs, with mushrooms or ham and bacon, was the hot breakfast option and we were quickly served and seated with drinks whilst we waited for our breakfasts to be cooked. They all arrived about ten minutes later which was quite a reasonable wait time for five dishes.
My dish was the mushroom version and the mushrooms had been cooked in a creamy sauce which was absolutely divine. Also, the scrambled eggs were cooked perfectly – slightly runny and delicious. Heaven.
The ham and bacon version was enthusiastically eaten by my friend’s son and my my other half. A thumbs up all round and a slight pang of jealously from my other half because he wanted my mushroom and cream dish as well. :D.
The deli also sells French and Italian biscuits, conserves, cheese, meats and pasta as well as fresh baguettes, boules, croissants, pastries and tarts. Hot food and drinks can also be ordered to take out.
Since visiting in the summer, the deli’s owner Joris Barbaray has sold L’Artisan to a local couple called Grace and Dustin Lauw. The Lauws are also French, hailing from Paris, but have been living in Greenwich for the past five years.
As regular customers at L’Artisan, they took an interest in running the deli when Barbaray decided to move on earlier this year. Speaking to Grace three weeks ago, she told me that Barbaray is to be a father and might be moving back to France to continue his cookery training. All good stuff. :).
Dustin has been working with Barbaray to learn all the dishes served at L’Artisan and to continue the business in the same way it has been run since last year. They do have plans for the deli but want to get everything in order for themselves before changing anything.
If you want to keep up to date with the amazing food at L’Artisan, do follow their Twitter account or like them on that there Facebook malarkey.
Good luck to Grace and Dustin, L’Artisan is a wonderful additional to my local high street. Hooray for the French!
I’ve been attending various dance classes at Little Pilates Studio on Trafalgar Road for the past two months.
My favourite classes are Barre Fit and Zumba and I am really enjoying popping round the corner for a class after getting home from work. I used to do a lot of disco and contemporary dance at school but it has been a long time since I went to an exercise class!
Barre Fit incorporates elements of Ballet and Pilates and is more about stretching and toning than weight loss. Zumba on the other hand is fast, intense and you sweat a lot! However, both classes are great fun and I am enjoying improving my fitness little by little.
The two instructors I have been exercising with are really friendly and lead the classes really well. One of them is a bit of an exercise nutter and works you flat out but that is the point!
The studio offers a large variety of classes at different levels and classes are available all week at different times. Classes operate on a credits system so you only need to purchase credits to book and attend any class with 24 hours notice. Cool!
Discounted packages are also available and I signed up like a proper healthy person a few weeks back! :D.
So, if you don’t fancy the gym at The Arches or can’t be arsed with swimming either, go and dance and stretch and bend at Little Pilates!
In January I reviewed Bianco 43 Delivery, a new pizza delivery business in East Greenwich. Two months later one of the owners contacted me to offer me a free dinner for two at their restaurant in the centre of Greenwich to say thank you.
Obviously, I accepted. Free food?! What more could a girl want!
So, on a Tuesday night in March, the other half and I ventured into the tourist trap that is Greenwich town centre. Most of the restaurants around here are chains and the character of this area does suffer from bland and uninspiring food outlets. However, we still have the market (for now) and there are a number of independent restaurants that will hopefully stick around and encourage more locals to eat out.
On entering Bianco 43 I was impressed with the clean, fresh brightly painted interior. The scrubbed white wooden floor and pine tables gave the restaurant a wonderful mediterranean feel and the place felt homely instead of generic like Pizza Express.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed by the service immediately as we had to wait five minutes for our menus while the waiter chatted with various people. Most restaurants would give the menus to the customers as soon as they are seated, but in this case it did not happen which left me distracted and unable to relax. However, once our orders had been taken, our food and drink arrived quickly.
But, the waiter had got part of the order wrong and my boyfriend was given the pasta special instead of the pizza special he had requested. We decided not to say anything as we were having a free meal, but we had been looking forward to a pizza from the wood-fired oven. :s.
Hopefully he was just having a off night…
Sautéed fresh mussels with garlic and toasted focaccia bread, £7.90
Fried squid and courgettes served with tartare sauce, £8.90
Pappardelle with wild mushrooms and duck, £12.50
Pasta special, £13
Panna Cotta, £5.90
As to the food, it was very good and miles better than the takeaway we had eaten in January. The food was also served on beautiful mis-matched plates full of colour which added to the individual feel of the place. Everything arrived hot and perfectly cooked, and the portion sizes were just right. After three courses each we felt satisfied but not overly stuffed.
If Bianco 43 could shave a £1 or so off the starter and main prices I think they could bring in more passing customers as the Pizza Express across the road is undercutting Bianco 43 by a couple of pounds*. BUT, if you want really good Italian food then you should definitely choose Bianco 43 over Pizza Express’s yawn fest of food.
Thank you to Massimo for the excellent meal!
*Since eating at Bianco 43 in March, a lunch offer has been introduced. All pizzas are £5.95, Monday to Friday until 4pm.
Pizza options in East Greenwich are somewhat limited so I was quite excited to hear that our newest independent pizzeria Bianco 43 were expanding into my bit of Greenwich. Bianco 43 opened on Greenwich Church Street last year and seems to do a good trade, hopefully beating Pizza Express for the best pizzeria in central Greenwich!
Bianco 43 Delivery opened on Lassell Street the Monday just gone and we ordered dinner from them on Friday night. I wanted to order soon after their opening to see what the delivery service would be like on their first weekend night.
We ordered at 8.30pm and the food arrived at 9.25pm, we were told to expect a 45 minute wait so I was a little disappointed about the long wait in comparison to other other takeaways locally. However, I have heard that they only have one delivery driver at moment so I guess a long wait is to be expected until the takeaway is more established.
Arancini, fried rice balls filled with minced meat, tomato sauce and mozzarella, £2.90
Focaccia garlic bread, £4.90
Please hold pizza flat. 🙂
4 Stagioni, tomatoes sauce, artichokes, cooked ham, sausages and mozzarella, £10.90
So, was the food hot on arrival? Not really, warm would be a better description. But, all the flavours were good and the food is miles better than any Dominos/Pizza Go Go takeaway so this is easily improved with quicker delivery.
The takeaway menu is different and varied from your bog standard pizza menu, I had never heard of arancini before but it was pretty good and padded out the meal nicely. The toppings and the chunky pieces of mozzarella were lovely and it was nice to have a well seasoned garlic bread with actual chunks of garlic on it.
We spent 18.70 in total and if we had just got a 12″ pizza it would have only been £10.90, much cheaper than a local rival.
Bianco 43 Delivery is a welcome addition to the local area and I look forward to our next order, but we will collect this time, not just to speed up delivery, but to also see the wood fired oven and our pizza being made.
Here’s hoping Bianco 43 Delivery is a permanent East Greenwich fixture.
Arriving at the Pleasaunce at 1pm I found a group of ten fellow planters including FEGP chair Matthew Wall, Gavin and Anne of Transition Westcombe and David and Lewis from The London Orchard Group who were there to provide the technical know-how.