By Monica Berg
Tucked in the Warwick Centre complex, in Gigiri, is Four Cafe Bistro. Opened six months ago it is quickly becoming a favourite for many in the neighbourhood.
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in an al fresco setting, FOUR provides excellent value and convenience with a menu that reflects the diverse tastes of its clients.
The outdoor tables have canvas umbrellas with the bubbling fountain providing a calming sound. Rosemary oil is burned on each table to repel mosquitos and other flying insects.
Four’s signature drinks include a strawberry lemonade, lime spritzer and apple mint lemonade, all of which are refreshing, in addition to the usual hot and cold drinks one would expect. The menu is segmented including sharing plates and quick bites.
For breakfast one can choose from a Nutella French Toast to a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) bagel with eggs and cheddar cheese.
We had to try the signature item, cheese bread, in the sharing plates section and it did not disappoint – it’s a whole loaf of bread sliced up and stuffed with diced fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers and loads of garlic then topped with gooey melted cheese.
Also the Fish Tacos which was tasty though seemingly misnamed, as it was more of a ‘deconstructed’ fish taco, with fried tortilla chips, goujons of fish, and dipping sauce.
We were expecting the Ensenada version with fresh chunks of fish, onions, guacamole and salsa stuffed into a soft flour tortilla to be eaten by hand, the Four version was not an unpleasant surprise.
The breading on the fish provided a bit of saltiness and crunchy texture, while the sauce had a sweet and sour flavour which complemented both the fish and the fried tortillas perfectly.
We were spoiled for choice between soups, salads, burgers, pizzas, pastas and the main course. We opted to try the 3-cheese burger, a chicken and asparagus salad, blackened fish, chicken brochettes and lamb chops. The portions were.
The burger was juicy and full of flavour, cooked medium to order and smothered in cheese. Mediterranean Chicken brochettes were served with tzatziki, a garlicky cucumber yogurt, which balanced the slightly spiced chicken.
The accompanying home fries were well-seasoned with red onions and rosemary. While the Cajun Blackened Tilapia had the requisite blackened crust but still maintained the moist texture of the filet.
The herbed chicken and asparagus salad was light and fresh, served with lovely balsamic-honey vinaigrette and topped with shavings of fresh Parmesan while the lamb chops, morocco was tender and juicy, with a mint sauce tasting of fresh mint leaves rather than the bright green mint jelly one might expect.
All the main courses were served with sides and garnishes that enhanced the flavours as well as the presentation of each dish – fries and a crisp salad with the burger, fresh lime wedges with fish, and a sprig of rosemary atop the chicken brochettes and the Moroccan lamb chops.
Desserts and coffees re-affirmed our sense of value, with the coffee drinks prepared just right and well-executed classic desserts like tiramisu and an off-the-menu special red velvet cake served in extra large portions.
With excellent value, quality ingredients, creativity and obvious care in preparation of food and beverages, Four is the kind of place one would frequent several times a week – a quick coffee before work, a leisurely lunch among friends, afternoon tea and sweets, happy hour cocktails and finger food, or a proper dinner.
Judging by the lunch crowd on a recent mid-day visit, Four appears to have gained a loyal following with a winning formula.
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