A vegetarian restaurant offering a fusion of Italian and Mexican cuisine promising elements of molecular gastronomy. Quattro Ristorante a popular brand in Mumbai, India recently marked its launch in Dubai, U.A.E. I was invited for a tasting. S and I made our way on a Tuesday evening to Quattro located at Mankhool. The area has quite a few Indian restaurants and Quattro stands out with its unique concept.
Quattro has a fresh, elegant theme with shades of blue, green, yellow and white prominently figuring in various design elements of the restaurant.
We walked into a nicely spaced out reception and waiting area. The doors open to an olive tree at the center of the space with Edison lights dangling from it. A stream of water flows through the central seating area which meets at the tree. The sight of the tree and the sound of falling water was soothing.
I loved the walls on both sides. On one side is a tiled wall with pastel blues, browns, and grassy greens. On the other side is a patchy white brick wall which complimented the blue sofas beautifully. I also really liked the lighting of the place.
It’s always interesting to have a restaurant pick out your menu.
We started off with a soup called Minestrone tea set. Being a tea person I was particularly interested in tasting a tea infused dish.
The soup was prepared step by step with the server explaining each one. First into the soup bowl went a green tea bag and dehydrated vegetables. On it was poured thick soup from a little teapot.
I loved the presentation of the dish. I did not feel like the flavor of the green tea really came through in the soup. This might be probably because the soup wasn’t hot enough when it was poured. And so it was lacking in that comforting warmth that you normally want from a soup. The flavors were satisfactory.
Moving on to the salad. Chilled melon & feta. A smoky display with the melon feta skewers nestled in the center among crunchy greens. Liquid nitrogen played the leading role in the display.
Our Appetizer was Mexican spiced Queso. Queso is a Mexican white cheese. These spiced cheese skewers came with roasted broccoli and bell peppers topped with chili oil foam. Bright and colorful!
The Queso tasted quite similar to Indian paneer. The dish was spicy. I thought the flavor of the spices could have been more balanced out.
Hazelnut mousse, candied hazelnut & popcorn. This was my favorite part of the tasting. A hearty portion size for two. Creamy mousse, crunchy popcorn, and soft ice cream. Such a great combination. Very decadent indeed.
Quattro Ristorante is a creative take on flavor combinations with an immense focus on visual presentation. Everything at Quattro from the decor to the elements on the table has an artistic touch. The ambiance makes for a great venue for get-togethers or quiet dinner with family. The service was warm as well.
You eat first with your eyes, then your nose, then your mouth. – Chinese saying
The above quote pretty much sums up my experience at Quattro.