The decor is new age Oregonian with lots of deep stained 2 x 4s used throughout the establishment.
Since we had just consumed a block of cheese from Trader Joe's washed down with a bottle of riesling before coming to Four Cafe, we decided to split a few lighter dishes, starting off with a large bowl of Fresh English Pea Soup ($6). It was the perfect example of spring in a bowl, with shallots helping to round out the sweetness of the peas and spring potato adding to the creamy vegan goodness. The drizzling of olive oil gets a plus 1 from me :)
Fresh pea soup in all its vegan glory
Also arriving with our soup was a complimentary bowl of roasted chickpeas. I really enjoyed the crunch and heartiness of this snack.
TMJ sufferers beware: Crackly chickpeas
We shared the Smoked Albacore Salad ($11.50), which Shelley was slightly hesitant about being adverse to intense smokey flavors, but I persisted. Fortunately, our salad was pleasantly, as opposed to unbearably, smokey, tying in well with the other components of the salad: watercress, grapefruit, avocado and lemon vinaigrette.
Smokey & Citrus-ey Yum
Our Oven Roasted Tomato Panini ($8.95) came oozing with warmed burrata and soft, rich tomatoes held together on crusty fresh bread. The tuscan kale bedded underneath gave just a hint of bitterness, not distracting from the other flavors. I really enjoyed the simplicity and execution of this panini!
Panini Burrata Goodness
The Brown Butter Lavender Cookie ($2) was the perfect way to end our meal. Each bite of the fresh baked cookie melted in my mouth warranting signs of a cookie made with lots of delicious butter :) while the bits of lavender provided a refreshing and herbal component.
Brown butter lavender cookies: the new after dinner mint
While ordering, we couldn't decide between the cookie and the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcake ($2) so owner Corey brought us out both. I am not the biggest fan of caramel, having developed some kind of fear of overly sweet stickiness while working at a chocolate shop one summer but appreciate the sweet-savory things in life so I was curious. The rich caramel frosting with a hint of salt on top of ultra fresh, moist cake would probably send most people to confession but it was too sweet for my tastes.
Salty Caramel Chocolate Cupcake
I can't wait to go back to Four Cafe again. They're new summer menu comes out in a few weeks so enjoy the spring goodies while you can! They're also open for breakfast.
2122 1/2 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock, CA 90041