Artie and Mai has been on our list of ‘places to try’ for a while now so when a friend of ours invited us to the restaurant’s New Menu Launch Fundraiser on Saturday we both jumped at the opportunity.
The new menu launch not only offered us the chance to taste the delicious new creations of Artie and Mai Head Chef, Anthony Gordon, but all funds raised from the event were donated to the John Trivett Foundation for brain cancer and brain tumour research.
How can one say no to that?
Arriving just before 7, the restaurant was booked out, which was wonderful to see. As the evening progressed, the restaurant got louder and people even started cheering randomly, so it was safe to say that everyone was having a glass or two and enjoying supporting a worthy cause.
We were a table of 10, tucked away in our own room in the rear of the restaurant, which was great. The dinner was nothing if not plentiful, with Artie and Mai serving up pre-set share plates to each table. The ‘small plates’ for entree had a total of 8 tasters, included chorizo-stuffed squid, pork and rabbit terrine, smoked mushroom arancini balls and the most delicious fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-the-mouth beef short ribs I’ve had in a while. Our table was actually quite full by the time we polished those off, but then the ‘large plate’ mains came along; steak with kipfler potatoes in duck fat, barramundi with fregola and a pear and rocket salad.
Finally, and with very full bellies, we polished off our desert plates, tasting cinnamon and pumpkin doughnuts, valhorona chocolate tart and milk panacotta with caramel cornflake crumble (everyone’s favourite).
Sitting on Sandgate Road in Albion, Artie and Mai occupies a space that has had quite a rotation of restaurants in recent years – but after last nights lovely evening, we both sincerely hope that Artie and Mai stays put and continues to serve up it’s delicious fare.
Artie and Mai also have some great dining specials including Pizza and a beer (or wine) for $20 every wednesday evening and the Artie and Mai’s breakfast feast. At $30/head for a minimum of 8 people, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend a long brunch catching-up with friends.