Went to Tutti Matti for Summerlicious lunch....I work in the area and had often passed it thinking I should try. It is usually very busy so I thought it a good sign. Given its rather dingy general location, and position right on busy Adelaide, I thought the crowds inside were all in on a secret. Unfortunately I needn't have felt I was missing out on anything.
While each of the dishes sounded lovely on paper, and while they looked beautiful on the plate, they were all flat. In contrast to the simple burst of flavour Tuscan dishes often provide, everything served to us was rather bland. The carpaccio tasted of...well....protein, but not of beef. The ragu was also just 'meat' - no garlic or basil or anything of note. The frittata was merely egg...At this point I am repeating myself, but the one thing that shone through was the strawberry compote on vanilla gelato because it tasted....of glorious strawberries!
I fully understand the tradition of allowing a few basic ingredients speak for themselves, but these ingredients didn't have anything to say.
Service was good, though detached, and our table of 3 was presented a bill with the 15% gratuity included. While I expect gratuities to be added to tables larger than 5, I certainly didn't expect it for 3 people at lunch. I found it very off-putting that I wasn't allowed to assess the quality of the food and service myself.