A few days ago it was my birthday. We had planned a family dinner somewhere cheap, cheerful and local for the mid-week celebration however, on the day of my birthday, Arabella announced that that night she had a work shift and so instead, could she take me out for lunch. How lovely! It’s just that as we were walking to the cafe, Arabella said, ‘I do want to take you out for lunch, mum, it’s just I can’t afford it. Do you mind paying?’
Standard. Anyway, the thought was there.
We walked to Quattro Formaggi Deli which a few years ago was just that, a deli, but recently they applied for a liquor licence and did some rearranging of the interior to make room for a cafe.
You can sit outside at tables lined along the footpath but alas, it wasn’t the warmest of days and the tables aren’t in the sun. Inside the cafe feels quite spacious as there is an area where you can sit on a bar stool in front of a wide-opening window. But we didn’t sit there, nor did we sit on the very comfortable leather couches; instead we sat at a regular table so we could not only see each other but have talkies too.
We started with a drink. Arabella ordered the passionfruit and mint smoothie that she said was very refreshing and just what she needed after the intensive rowing training she had done that morning. As it was my birthday, I thought the occasion deserved a glass of Prosecco which was served just how I like it; very chilled.
We started with a selection of antipasto. The menu details all the antipasto items available and you just make your selection and they bring it to you on a board. Be warned; it quickly adds up! We chose parma prosciutto, a very hot calypso salami and some marinated mushrooms. It was well presented on a board and came with a few slices of grain bread.
After doing a 3km swim squad that morning, I was ravenous and really wanted something substantial and hot for lunch. I ordered the special of the day which was chicken parmigiana that was topped with roasted eggplant and crispy bacon. I loved how it was stacked really high but I would have liked a few greens on the side and I thought the portion of chicken schnitzel was quite tiny.
Arabella ordered the roast pumpkin with baby spinach, poached egg and goat’s feta salad with basil dressing. While it looked good, sadly the egg wasn’t runny and it does seem that with poached eggs, there’s always that sigh of disappointment when you get a dry result after sticking you knife into the yolk. She really enjoyed the basil dressing with the pumpkin and feta.
There’s always room for something sweet and Arabella ordered the blueberry crumble muffin that was moist and served warm. All cakes and pastries are made elsewhere in their off-site kitchen then shipped to one of their three delis in Sydney.
I ordered the ricotta cheesecake that was more dry than I would have liked. There was also a lot of citrus peel in the cheesecake that I wasn’t expecting as it wasn’t mentioned on the menu. It came with a scoop of vanilla gelato and this was smooth and creamy and I preferred it to the cheesecake.
Then it was school pick-up time and so Arabella went up to pay the bill, with my card! She even left a tip. The service was very friendly with one waiter even suggesting Arabella apply for a job – standard; however it was a little inattentive and slow at times. Quattro Formaggi doesn’t have anything on the menu that will take you by surprise but it is a lovely place to relax and unwind at the end of the day. There are some interesting Italian wines available by the glass and enjoyed with an antipasto platter, can make for a great way to kickstart your weekend. Verdict: A great place for a drink. Quattro Formaggi Deli, Mosman: 3/803 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088 Ph: 02 9960 3555
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