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Published February 14th 2015
Best Sharing Platters Ever- Tailored to our taste
Tempting non-vegos to cross to the vegetarian side
I knew where I wanted to go but my driver (a local) told me there was nothing around there. It was set back off the road behind McDonald's and therefore to my surprise it was packed. This must be due to word of mouth because you wouldn't stumble upon Four Doors by chance.
I was also surprised at how many families were at a restaurant of this style and price range. Maybe they decided, like me, that they were sick of taking eating pub meals just to appease the kids. The local hotel might have the advantage of a playground but they often also have simple predictable food.
Four Doors does not have the usual menu and even the kid's menu had tasty options.
I usually like to try new venues and therefore it's not very often that I say I can't wait to come back soon. However, in this case I was back within two weeks. There were way too many things that I wanted to try!
Here are some of our choices on our first visit.
Irresistible vegetable stack… and I'm not sharing!
My vegetarian stack was very well presented and that left the non-vego at our table wishing he had ordered it. It has very tasty pumpkin risotto with capsicum and pumpkin layers with spinach, halloumi, mushrooms and eggplant slices.The lightly battered lemon calamari was perfectly cooked with tender flesh and crispy salad rocket with feta, olives and balsamic vinegar.
Salt and pepper squid - got be the best ever
The kid's meals were $12.50 with the crispiest fat chips. My 9 year old son had grilled chicken strip. 'When you bite into them it's like biting into marshmallows but they don't crumble apart. They are as sweet as a button.' His description is a mixed metaphor but acceptable for a 9 year old.
They also offer a kid's meal deal, which includes a main, dessert and free toy for $19.50.
Good enough for adults
The presentation of food was unique and professional. For example, the pizzas were served on an elevated breadboard.
They have the biggest range of famous, decadent cakes and homemade donuts. When I asked the waitress what was so special about the donuts she said that they had been using a new recipe which made the donuts fluffy and that the fillings were fresh and that they just had to be tried. These are $3-$6 each. If you want to try the cakes they are only $7 eat in and $5 take away per slice. These can also be ordered as whole cakes.
Just a few of the decadent cakes
I noticed a soon as we arrived that there were lots of staff. This accounts for the quick service. The meal was served in less than 15 minutes. The waiters were attentive, obliging and responsive.
I made up my mind before leaving I would definitely be returning for the savoury share platter. I wish they had sweet tasting platter!
Different dining styles. Tables, couches and bar seating ares
It's only been a bit over a week since we last visited Four Doors and this time we were greeted by a smiling young man named Bobby. He was dressed in a white chef's shirt and explained that he is a waiter and chef… and owner. Nick (chef) and Tiggy (daughter of the previous owner are also co-owners). I was impressed that Bobby recognised us from our last visit and he shakes my hand heartily when he realises it's my birthday. He introduced me to his wife and baby Ruby.
Bobby has worked all over Australia as a chef and has big plans for the restaurant. He wants to create the best café that serves the best coffee. To this end, he has sent two staff to train in Adelaide where he is convinced the best coffee makers work. He wants to bring the coffee machine out front, change the name, put up outdoor fairy lights in the trees, and create a beautiful outdoor space with an open fire and pizza oven. For personal reasons he is going to give a discount to emergency services personnel.
You can see why I wanted to come back!
And now for the share platter that I came back for. This can vary from night to week, so I'm just going to tell you what I had on my personalised platter. I wanted mostly vegetarian, so we got the crispiest aranchinis (a bit of a favourite), tender salt and pepper squid with a light batter, four pieces of lightly toasted herb bread, thickly sliced roasted eggplant, sweet potato, a combination of olives with sundried tomatoes and mushrooms, a delicious goats cheese coated in wood ash and spicy sundried capsicum dip. Smoked salmon was presented on a crispy rice patty and all this was only $35 for two people (or $55 for four people). The platter was more than enough for lunch.
Four Doors have an extensive bar with cocktails from $10. A glass of wine will set you back $7.50 or you can purchase a bottle from $35 - $60.
A well stocked bar for every taste
As an example of prices of other menu items, the buttermilk breakfast pancakes are $10. Entrees are around $14. Pasta marinara was $32 and gnocchi $26. The Eye fillet steak was $39, which I thought was a bit on high side but I'm sure it would be worth it if I were a meat eater.
On the way out we were offered a sample of a sweet family recipe consisting of fruit, nuts and rolled in coconut. The young assistant chef was clearly enjoying helping out for the day. I wish Bobby and the co-owners every success. It's not on the main road so you'll have to go looking for it but it's certainly worth finding. While this was not a cheap night out, it was worth every penny. If you like tapas this place is a must!