Restaurant Review: Quattro Ristorante
Avg. Cost per Person:75 Dhs
Location:Opposite Aster Hospital, Near Sharaf DG, Kuwait Street, Mankhool , Dubai
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Daily noon-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm
04 275 3179
It’s always nice to hear about vegetarian restaurants popping up in Dubai, especially ones that don’t only serve Indian food, which is the norm here. Quattro Ristorante in Mankhool is one such spot that serves Mexican and Italian-inspired food.
The restaurant itself is a fresh, brightly lit space with aqua interiors and a laid-back theme. It’s a bustling restaurant, with families and couples tucking into various dishes and colourful drinks in fun glasses.
One of the first dishes brought to us is a traditional tomato and mozzarella bruschetta with a touch of molecular gastronomy in the form of balsamic vinegar, which has been formed into small pearls, and parsley foam. It’s a small, fresh bite that is gone within seconds, but it doesn’t have the impact that I thought it would.
One dish that packed a punch was the Mexican corn on the cob that comes with chipotle butter. It’s charred just the right amount and the butter is a savoury contrast to the sweetcorn.
The margarita upside down pizza comes with the tomato sauce above the cheese, which to me didn’t make much of a difference but it tasted delicious.
Next up was tacos, which were filled with beans and a variety of vegetables.
The tacos were good — crunchy, fresh and tasty — but they could have been great if there was something more flavourful like a hearty veggie chili con carne. I liked that we were served a large platter of sauces and condiments to customise each bite.
An especially bright point from the meal was the desserts. The hazelnut mousse with candied popcorn was a treat to eat and had multiple elements to keep it interesting. There was a bit of molecular gastronomy here as well and it added a fun aspect. The tres leches (three milk) cake came with a dramatic and exciting presentation. It had foam, frozen cream and caramel sauce dotted across the plate. The cake itself was a bit dense, probably because of the lack of egg, but deliciously soaked in the milk concoction.
Whether or not you’re vegetarian, Quattro Ristorante is a fun place to grab a bite with friends and family.