Before elaborating further, it would be fair to say that Quattro is a good restaurant. It’s well priced, has great ambience and delivers delicious and well-presented food; though what is served is not Mexican; nor Italian, as the menu seems to suggest.
You do face a few disappointments the moment you walk in, but most seem miniscule when the food arrives, which is within 12 minutes of you having placed the order to a well dressed and soft spoken attendant, who taps it into a tablet.
To begin with, there’s a plastic sheet that reads ‘Quattro’ waving over the entrance of the restaurant. The quirky sign goes with the quaint blue wooden door in the middle of a stretch of not-so-happening chaiwallahs (tea vendors) and open drains. It is located opposite the east entrance of Phoenix Mills in Lower Parel.
An open kitchen overlooks the seating area that can accommodate about 80 people. Then there is the secret ‘claustrophobic’ dining room on the first floor, which can be reserved for a confidential meal for 18 people. There is no alcohol (gasp). And it’s vegetarian (double gasp). In the absence of booze and meat, it’s also a Mexican and Italian restaurant (faints).
We started with a cup of white tea (Rs.125). The light green tea prepared us for what we thought was going to be a very spicy meal. What came after wasn’t even close to flushing our faces, even though it was called Firehouse chilli nachos (Rs. 295). Loads of cheese, sour cream, olives, jalapenos and a little bit of salsa sauce in the middle didn’t ignite. But it tastes good, nonetheless.
From their extensive Italian menu, we picked the Cannelloni florentina (Rs. 245). The tubes of penne, which were supposed to be stuffed with a spinach mash, threw a bit of a corn surprise. Layered with three varieties of cheeses and a tangy tomato mix on the side, the dish was a bit confusing. The Quesadilla (Rs. 275) from the Mexican main course was well made, light and stuffed perfectly with cheese, and spring onions. Unfortunately, the four sauces to go with the Italian and Mexican dishes were thoroughly disappointing, except the garlic and red chilly one. But the variety of salsa sauces didn’t provide that throat warming spice that is usually expected.
The highlight of the evening, however, was the Chocochunk fudge brownie (Rs. 195). It is totally worth your money. The brownie was presented under a circular chocolate cage, with a scoop of vanilla Gelato in cone made out of maple syrup. Tiny chunks of white chocolate sat semi-melted on the walnut brownie. On the whole, Quattro is one of the best bets for your money if you’re looking for good food. Authentic? We might not say so, but good nonetheless.
where: L162, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 7 Janata Industrial Estate West
Call: 022 6749 6444
What’s on the menu: Sandwiches, salads, pizzas, Italian and Mexican cuisine
What we like
What we don’t like
The Cannelloni florentina