On my recent (but sadly fleeting) day trip to Chichester, the first place I headed to was lunch at Artie’s Kitchen which I’d read raving reviews about and couldn’t wait to visit!
Artie’s Kitchen is a restaurant located in the middle of Chichester city centre and focuses on serving authentic Spanish tapas from northern Spain, made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. It’s a beautifully decorated light space (big windows and white stone walls – always a good combo!) and their menu, divided into meat, fish and veggie, has a lot of choice for everyone and is perfect for mixing, matching and sharing, as all good tapas should be.
This time, however, I was selfish and ordered just for me – my friend Mary who I was dining with is a meat eater so she opted for the fish and meat section of the menu, whereas I sampled the treats from the veggie menu. I wish I could have tried it all, but alas, the portions are pretty well sized so there’s no way I would have had the space!
Now I just need to plan another daytrip, STAT… Luckily Chichester is only 50 minutes on the train from Brighton (and 1h 30 min from London!) – phew.
I ordered three different dishes: padron peppers (Spanish green peppers tossed in sea salt), patatas bravas (potato cubes with a spicy tomato sauce & garlic alioli – they actually have two separate potato dishes on the menu, each coming with only one sauce, but I asked them to combine the sauces in one so I got both the tomato sauce & the alioli!) and tumaca (toasted bread with grated tomatoes, garlic paste and olive oil).
This is a very common order for me when I go to a tapas restaurant (I am definitely a creature of habit!), and I luckily didn’t have to be disappointed in anything I ordered. The padron peppers were generously coated in salt and full of flavour, and the patatas bravas were nice and crispy and there was plenty of both sauces to go around.
My favourite dish, however, was the tumaca – this was SO good! It was very flavourful and quite salty (keep this in mind if you don’t like salted dishes) and I *loved* every bite. There was a generous amount of the topping and the bread underneath was crispy and fluffy in just the right proportions.
The padron peppers!
My friend Mary’s green side salad on the left hand side
The tumaca bread – SO MUCH YUM.
The patatas bravas on the right hand side – so good!