Quattro for Two at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley (Restaurant Review)
On our recent date night, we went to Quattro, the Italian restaurant inside the Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto. I've always been a fan of Italian food and Four Seasons hospitality, so on a date night, this choice seemed like a perfect combination.
This is one of the most interesting choices of location for a Four Seasons hotel I've ever seen. In many cities, Four Seasons Hotels tend to occupy prime real estate in city centers. But as Silicon Valley is a suburban sprawl without a prominent center, they've decided to join the city revitalization project of East Palo Alto and built the hotel right by Highway 101.
In terms of location, Four Seasons Silicon Valley is right in the crossroads of tech giants, venture capitalists, and intellectual property law firms. It's between the headquarters of Google and Facebook, both only a 10-minute drive away. At lunch time, this convenient location is where many of Silicon Valley's affairs are dealt, between pizzas and gelati.
Quattro restaurant's interior design features wood and stones predominantly. There is a bar lounge at the entrance with a marble fireplace and a small library of books on entrepreneurship. Walk further in, and you see a bar where single travelers congregate at night. The restaurant's seating grid is spacious, allowing small talks and start-up pitches all around.
Upon ordering, we were first served an amuse-bouche made of avocado, cucumber, and pine nuts as well as the traditional Italian trio of bread, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar.
For antipasti, we ordered the Burrata and the Sunchoke and Salsify Bisque.
The Burrata was camouflaged under the arugula (rocket) salad topped with small pieces of pickled eggplant and crisp bagel shavings. A brush stroke of charred eggplant puree decorates the plate. I would have expected to see the burrata more on center stage as prima ballerina rather than a shy Cenerentola (Cinderella) being overpowered by arugula.
What the Sunchoke and Salsify Bisque lacked in temperature it luckily made up in the flavor association. The chef chose to dress it with shiitake mushrooms and black pepper pecorino for some umami, which was interesting to taste. I wasn't sure whether the fried brussels sprout leaves added anything other than that distinct, well, brussels sprouts texture.
For main course, we ordered the Reginette al Nero, which was composed mainly of squid ink pasta shaped like ruffled ribbons and a seared scallop. The sauce was made of pork 'nduja, as it was quite a greasy ingredient, fennel, spinach, and lemon were added to freshen it up. This is not a light dish, so order if you please, but know that you'd have to find something strong to cleanse your palate afterwards.
Bored with pasta? Try some "reginette al nero": ribbon shaped pasta with tiny ruffles made with squid ink, paired with seared scallop, you won't be bored and you'll mentally be on vacation somewhere on the Amalfi coast.🏖 Not going to Southern Italy anytime soon? Try ordering this dish at Quattro in the Four Seasons Palo Alto. Full review on the blog soon. 😎🍽 #reginettealnero #squidinkpasta #pasta #italianfood #quattropaloalto #pastaalnero
The other main course we ordered was the Sesame Taglierini served with sea urchin crema. This dish was my favorite. It was an exercise in visual presentation, with the little purple flowers contrasting nicely with the yellow sea urchin crema and cured egg yolk shavings. It was a creamy dish, definitely pretty, and the sea urchin was very fresh.
We bid farewell to the restaurant after the main courses because there was a mishap in the kitchen that resulted in a 30-minute wait for the main courses to arrive. As we had to pick up the kids at a precise time, we skipped the desserts due to timing constraints.
If you're ever in this part of town in Silicon Valley for a business meeting, I guess Quattro can be a nice place to go for lunch to be part of the tech-related action. I'm not sure I'd return for dinner, and I'd probably choose another place for a date night.