Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food
Location: Cannington, Carousel Shopping Center
Disclosure: Meal was complimentary
In my Zomato gift bag I had received a couple of movie tickets to see Burnt so I headed to Carousel after work, though I needed some dinner first so I popped into The Craftsman. I’ve walked passed this place on many occasions without really noticing it. There’s an outdoor seating area but once you make yourself inside, you’ll be surprised at how large the venue actually is. The venue has a very open layout but a few dividers helps create a slightly more intimate classy feel. In keeping with the surroundings, The Craftsman offer something a little more classier on their menu without the hefty price tag. There’s a good selection of dishes with variety so no matter what your tastes, there’s something for everyone. The service is also excellent so the dining experience is enhanced.
Sizzling garlic prawns 6 prawns in a sizzling pan, jasmine rice $15.90
We started off with an entree to share and opted for the sizzling garlic prawns. The prawns were well cooked, really nice plump and juicy, smothered in plenty of butter with a bit of bacon and onions for additional flavour. The butter does make the dish a little rich so some plain steamed rice can soak up some of the butter, and a lovely tangy salad with a delicious dressing helps take the edge off.
Chicken picante chicken breast, sundried tomato, bacon, onion, chilli, garlic, whipped potato, garlic cream sauce $25.90
I had a little taste off this. The sauce is creamy but has a lovely garlic flavour with a touch of spice due to the chilli, though a touch of sweetness due to the sundried tomatoes. The chicken is well cooked and has a lovely flavour and the whipped potato mash is nice and smooth and compliments the creamy chicken well.
Chicken Galliano chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto, vanilla Galliano, mushroom & cream sauce, garlic, saffron risotto, toasted almonds $24.90
I chose the chicken Galliano which presented two well cooked pieces of tender chicken wrapped in tasty prosciutto. It was smothered in rich creamy delicious mushroom sauce. I’ve not seen vanilla used in sauce for a mains so this was an interesting use of the ingredient which makes the sauce that little bit more interesting. I’m more than happy to enjoy rich creamy food but it does need to be balanced. You can order sides, but I would have liked the dish to contain an element to take the rich edge off – a tangy salad, something with citrus, or steamed veggies in lieu of less chicken maybe. The dish was also served with a risotto which is a little creamy in itself and didn’t do enough to counteract the richness of the mushroom sauce. Nonetheless, it’s a very generous hearty meal which was yum.
The Craftsman Food Review Summary
Verdict: Stopping by for a movie, a few drinks, watching a sporting event, or to enjoy the live entertainment, The Craftsman serves a variety of dishes to suit a range of tastes in a lovely relaxed atmosphere with friendly service to boot. The dishes are very generous so I was really disappointed to pass on dessert which I eyed from the beginning. I shared an entree of sizzling garlic prawns smothered in a butter, onion, and bacon mix which was delicious. The juicy plump pawns were enjoyed with rice and a tangy salad with an excellent dressing. For mains I ordered the chicken Galliano which presented two well cooked chicken pieces wrapped in prosciutto. Each bite was delicious with the creamy vanilla infused mushroom sauce adding another facet to the dish. It was paired with risotto which was an unusual choice and while I enjoyed rich creamy food, the dish lacked balance via a salad, an acidic element, or steamed veggies to compliment the dish. Despite that, the hearty generous serving left me stuffed but satisfied. Aside from the menu, they have meal days like ribalicious Monday’s and there’s a variety of events on too.
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