My father loves cakes and birthdays are occasions for him to indulge in a birthday cake that is rich in taste and light in texture (he is not a fan of the dense textured mud cakes). When we first came to Adelaide, my mother had to surf the web to find a bakery that makes birthday cakes that meet his standards. She found Muratti Cakes & Gateaux, an establishment located at Prospect Road since 1990. We have been ordering birthday cakes from Muratti for many, many years and every cake that we had was a delight to the eyes and the tastebuds.
After learning that they also serve pastries and sandwiches for lunch, we decided to check them out to see if they were as good as their cakes. We were not disappointed. The selection of sandwiches and pastries they offer was very good and they can be ordered as is or heated up. As expected, the pulled pork in the Pulled Pork & Fennel Bun was juicy and the cheese and apple and fennel coleslaw helped to bring out its flavour. The crisp bun the pork was served in acted as a good contrast to the pork.
The pastry for the Steak Pie was buttery and flaky and the filling was of the texture that we enjoyed with a delicious rich flavour. As expected, the pie comes with a packet of tomato sauce that can be squeezed over the pie to give it a bit more flavour. My mother said it's the best pie pastry she has ever tasted.
Their Tuna Sandwich uses a rye bread that is available from the Hot Cross Bakery that is located down the road from the café. The rye bread gave the sandwich its distinctive flavour and the tuna filling had the right amount of seasoning with the lettuce and capsicum enhancing its flavour.
The pastry used in the Pumpkin & Zucchini Slice was done as well as the one used in the Steak Pie with the pumpkin and zucchini filling complementing it well without overwhelming it. It also came with tomato sauce that can be squeezed over the pastry. For a bit of an extra cost, their lunch dishes can be ordered with a salad to make the meal a bit more balanced.
To finish your meal, you can order from one of their selection of famous cakes. The Chocolate Blackberry cake had a rich chocolatey taste which was a perfect partner to the blackberry couli (a thin puree) filling. It was topped with vanilla mousse, chocolate and a mini macaron to make it even more delectable.
Compared to the Chocolate Blackberry cake, the Pistachio Slice had a more subtle flavour with a chocolate joconde (a type of sponge cake) topped with layers of milk chocolate and pistachio mousse that had the correct level of pistachio flavour. It also had a topping of whipped cream and chocolate highlighted with pistachio praline.
The ambience is very inviting because you get to feast your eyes on all the lovely cakes and pastries in the display cases while you enjoy your lunch. However, you may want to arrive early during the peak lunch hour as it is very popular with the locals. There is a decent amount of parking space available in the streets around the café.