I'm from Northern California. Dined here with 3 others during a 3-night stay in London. Weather was in the high 70's, so the front doors were open to give the feeling of an open-air restaurant. Divine. We were able to try 4 of the 5 starters and 4 of the 5 entrees, and they were all excellent (our own version of the tasting menu). Top-rate cuisine, but not too stuffy an environment. Noise level was low, so easy to have conversations. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I'd especially recommend the Carpaccio of Tuna starter and the Fillet of Sea Bass entree (and the Sicilian Lemon and Honey 'Mess' dessert). Business casual attire is most appropriate, but some diners dressed down. Overall, excellent!
Get to the Chase:
1) An adventure of tastes, textures and colors
2) Heated entry foyer
3) Perfect for dates or families
4) Exceptional service (polite, prompt, and informative)
5) Food is beyond words (very modern without being over the top pretentious)...I feel these days many restaurants go over the top in terms of culinary innovation that the main delight of taste and a fulfilling size are left out. Trinity does not do that. It remains modern and interesting without losing sight of the customer's empty bellies and salivating taste buds.
6) Clear winners for me were the "Coriander Seared Tuna, Avocado, Soy and Lime" and the "Blackberry and Apple Parfait, Caramelised White Chocolate and Hazelnut". They were simply out of this world!
1) One negative is the fact that some people could find the dishes too rich and heavy...there were A LOT of powerfully flavored and heavy dishes. I didn't find this to be the case, but it's worth a note for those who like more delicate dishes.
Came here the first night I was in London, recommended by their secretly paid live marketing campaign, Yee Gan O.! I say that because he refers everyone there! Maybe Trinity should be giving YGO some kick backs :)
I opted for the 5 courses; and in order of what I liked best:
-Mushroom soup, English Truffles and Salted Beef: WOW! This is a soup? Who knew I would love soup so much! But I supposed when there's truffle oil in the soup and even shaved truffles, that will turn anyone into a soup lover! The salted beef combined with the creamy but mellow flavors of truffle, really made this a treat for me!
-Roast Halibut, Wild Fennel, Vinaigrette of Carrot and Cookies: The main part that won me over was the carrot and cookies! Although pickled, it was crushed like crumbles on the dish. Extremely creative and gave great texture that complimented the roasted halibut.
-Venison, Salt Baked Celeriac and Apple- a good piece of meat, nicely cooked and a unique way to prepare the celeriac.
-Charred Mackerel, Compressed Watermelon, Cucumber and Dill- Pleasantly refreshing and creative. Mackerel is usually an oily fish, but with the slice of cool watermelon, it presented the fish in a new light!
-Souffle- YGO RAVED about this dessert! It was fluffy, without being too eggy, and a plum compote on the bottom. For a non-dessert person, it was nice, but for me it's just not fair to critique this dish, as I don't think I appreciated it as much as a true foodie with a sweet tooth!
Great way to experience what London's food scene is really about!
I'd say this is my favourite restaurant in London.
I've been a number of times over the years and its consistently incredible. I normally reserve it for special occasions as it can be a bit on the pricy side but worth every penny. The pigs trotters are a must.
Couldn't recommend Trinity highly enough.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Yee Gan O. for:
1. Treating me out for my birthday.
2. Introducing me to this AMAZING restaurant.
The experience couldn't have been better. I haven't had this great of a meal at a fine dining establishment in a long time. YGO has been raving about this restaurant and I had never heard of it. I was willing to try it though because there's no doubt in my mind that he knows good food. We made plans for dinner at 7:30PM and quickly made the decision to have the 5-course tasting menu (which is well worth the £50). I started out with a Strawberry Bellini (£9) which was refreshing and divine.
So tasting menu, here goes:
1. Chilled Soup of Broad Bean, Black Olive, & Lemon - So cool since they bring out your bowls, then pour some green in it. I asked the server if we could mix and he said to mix away. This was really tasty and one of my favorite dishes of the night.
2. Charred Cornish Mackerel, Apple & Borage - Amazing presentation and unique flavors. Unfortunately I'm just not a huge mackerel fan, but I still ate it all up.
3. Trotters, Sourdough, Gribiche and Crackling - Our surprise dish from the chef. It was wonderful and almost too pretty to eat. I loved the addition of the crispy fried quail's egg. Good thing, I didn't find out until later what trotters were or else I would have been more hesitant to eat it.
4. Baked Stone Bass, Scallop Filled Courgette Flower - Another lovely dish with flavorful fish and other complements. I enjoyed this one as well.
5. New Season Lamb, BBQ Asparagus, Jersey Royals and Bagna Cauda - I don't usually like lamb, but this one was so moist and tender. It was very easy to eat and packed full of flavor. And the asparagus... *sigh* I LOVE ASPARAGUS, and this one tasted great. This was my other fave of the night.
We were able to try the Strawberries and Cream as well as the Apple Crumble Souffle with Custard Ice Cream. What can I say? Of course it was good. It was a great way to end an already amazing meal. And on top of that?! They brought us two raspberry lemon filled macarons because they saw me eyeing them from earlier on in the night.
I HIGHLY recommend Trinity for a great dinner. The service is one of the best experiences I've had in London and the food is Michelin-star worthy. This is a great restaurant, just get down to Clapham to try it out.
Whenever a friend visits me in London, we inevitably get onto the age old argument of if the English can cook a decent meal. I can easily argue that there is great food in London, but rarely would one of my defences be a truly British restaurant (barring the Fat Duck which is debatable as to being British or completely out of this world). So it was with great anticipation and perhaps a hint of trepidation that I made my way down to Clapham to try out the 5 course tasting menu at Trinity. I've got to say, Trinity won me over with what was essentially a masterclass in bringing the best out of seasonal British ingredients.
I want to point out that the staff were friendly from the moment we walked in, and not just because one of our number was a regular (he only showed up 10 minutes after me). They adapted the tasting menu for the vegetarian in our group without batting an eye and swapped out desserts for half our number so we could taste the seasonal soufflé which we had heard rumours about.
My favourite dishes were the wild garlic soup with onion curd and the Dexter fillet with oxtail reduction and smoked endive. Both were incredibly flavourful and very moreish to the point where I was sopping up any leftover drops of sauce with bread. That's just how good it was!
All in all, an excellent tasting menu experience which highlighted just how good British food can be. This has set the standard for solid fine dining and will be the place I take my friends when they visit. As we were finishing up, our waiter Matt mentioned that one of the chefs from Trinity has moved on and opened up a new place called Story in Bermondsey. I'm looking forward to trying that out in May!
Firstly, many thanks to Yee Gan O for introducing me and the South London Yelp posse to Trinity!! I'm very happy to discover such a great restaurant not far from my doorstep!
It was a lovely relaxed ambiance with friendly service, and being seated at a round table (generally quite rare in restaurants now, usually conscious of space maximisation), was really nice in providing full opportunity to chat and share the experience with the rest of the party.
I particularly enjoyed the fresh radishes as an appetiser and the goats milk butter, both of which were something a bit different from the norm. Although it's difficult to choose, I think my favourite courses were the sea bass and the scallop ceviche with pickles and cucumber, which were very light and fresh tasting.
All the dishes were beautifully presented, introduced and explained by the staff, and I'm now really looking forward to trying Restaurant Story, a new venture recently opened by previous chef Tom Sellers - thanks for the tip Trinity!
How happy am I that such deliciousness is in technical walking distance from my home? Extremely happy. So happy in fact, I'm going to boast about it in this review!
Trinity promises British cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients and it delivers with great success. Any time I'm met with the phrase "British cuisine" my Texas fat-gene makes an appearance with great skepticism and snarky remarks about how the Brits don't know how to make yummy things, and I'm so happy that Trinity proved me wrong!
We went for the five course tasting menu. Before that loveliness began, we were treated to fresh radishes, fresh bread, and in-house churned goat's milk butter. I have never had goat's milk butter, but I have to say that I am quite the fan. It tastes like butter but with a hint at the very back of goat's cheese. Very cool. And don't get me started about that bread as I could have eaten the entire two baskets our table went through all by my lonesome.
As the restaurant uses seasonal dishes, the menu always changes, but I was happy with every course. My favorite was the Dexter fillet with oxtail reduction. I could have licked the plate it was so good. The meat was so tender I don't think I really even needed a knife to get down with it. Dessert was also lovely. I was able to substitute the standard tasting course dessert with one of Trinity's lemon souffles, which was heaven. So fluffy and airy yet still substantial. I wasn't able to finish it, but solely because I was so stuffed! That's not to say it didn't get finished... I handed off to one of my cohorts at the table.
The service was truly spectacular, and I couldn't have left happier. Definitely give this place a shot. As I said to my fellow diners, Trinity beat out many of the Michelin starred joints I've tried!
I was truly so disappointed by my trip here. I was so excited about coming and had made an informed decision about travelling up to come here by checking out my fellow yelpers reviews.
I didn't feel welcomed at all on arrival, although one of our waitress's was very nice. I didn't enjoy the atmosphere, it felt stuffy and silent and I generally felt quite uncomfortable for the whole evening.
My boy had the tasting menu with wine which he was very pleased with, but I went for the chicken consumé which was nice but nothing special. Then I went for the beef, which was tough and dry! With cold baked onions around it. Not ok. I actually couldn't eat it. The waitress had informed me before that I shouldn't have it rare (which I had initially asked for) because I wouldn't 'get the full flavour'. Hmmm. Bad cut? Bit poor for something that costs £33. At least they removed it from our bill.
As I say, my boyf was very pleased with his tasting menu, it was an experience for him and it is good value for money. I wasn't pleased with my overall experience from the food to the ambiance (there wasn't any).
Won't be back in a hurry!
Sigh. The only thing which makes me sad about dining at Trinity is when I excitedly check next year's Michelin guide only to find that they have again inexplicably failed to award them the star that they so clearly deserve. For the 2013 guide, Trinity has garnered a Bib Gourmand but not yet the star
All I ask for is some consistency. Chez Bruce just down the road has held a star for quite a few years and the food and service at Trinity easily surpasses that. Could it be because Chez Bruce serves French food while Trinity is a champion of modern British cooking and ingredients? I can't fathom any other reason
They also have consistency and have always delivered when I've dined there, either on my own or with many friends and family
My latest visit was with my visiting Yelp Elite friend Lorrie M from California. I was a little nervous as she has a discerning palate and is unfailingly honest with her reviews and not easily star-struck, being happy to give 3 Michelin star restaurants a 'meh'! However, from my previous experiences at Trinity, I was quietly confident that they could deliver the goods
Another reason I bring people here is that I feel Trinity is the best example of modern British cooking in London. The kithcen uses a few top class ingredients, cooking them with accuracy and combining them with flair and imagination to bring out the best of each other
They source and use British ingredients and seasonality is very close to chef patron Adam Byatt's heart with his menus changing on a monthly basis to reflect the best of available produce. For our meal on Monday, we had wild mushrooms, black trufffle and deer representing the best of autumn
The canape showcased classic British Wigmore cheese in croquettes with a mustard dip. The warm Trinity bread rolls wee accompanied by churned butter
Trinity now offers 2 tasting menus - 5 courses for £45 or 7 courses for £55. As confirmed in one of the newspaper restaurant guides, these are the best value tasting menus in London
Unsurprisingly, we went for the 7 course option:
1. Sweetcorn and Smoked Haddock Soup,
Salt Cod Scotch Egg
This was really brought to life with truffle emulsion drizzled onto the soup
2. Sea bass Ceviche, Ash mayonnaise,
Chamomile Pickle and Charred Cucumber
The ceviche is usually scallop but they substituted sea bass that evening. Not really sour with lime zinginess that I've had with other ceviches, this was nonetheless a lovely amalgamation of flavours
3. Medley of wild mushrooms on toast with Lardo
A generous portion of wonderfully earthy mushrooms was lent even more umami depth by the lardo (Italian cured pork fat!)
4. Cod, Cockles, Cauliflower,
Capers and Raisins
Perfectly cooked flaky cod with crispy skin was paired (or should that be tripled) with cauliflower prepared 3 ways - roasted, puree and pickled
5. Risotto with prawn
Never has a description so undersold a dish. Best. Risotto. Ever. There was a decadent slice of black truffle on top but the flavour of the risotto rendered it redundant. That's how good it was. I'm still dreaming of it!
6. Roasted deer, Liver croustillant, Hispi cabbage
Deer is a lean meat but it was still so succulent on the plate. I think it could be my new favourite game meat. So grateful to have tried it here
7. Chocolate Yoghurt Cremosa,
Peanut Butter Mousse, Salt Caramel
The genius component was the peanut butter mousse which had the full flaour of peanut butter but was ever so light
Reflecting the wonderful customer satisfaction ethic in the restaurant, they allowed Lorrie substitute her dessert for plum souffle as she adores souffles. Well, I think her review (yelp.co.uk/biz/trinity-r…) speaks for itself when it comes to her thoughts on the souffle. I fullt concur with her expert opinion!
Service was once again superb from all members of staff, ably managed by restaurant manager Simon
I really don't know what more they can do to convince Michelin that they fully deserve that star but I just want to encourage them to know that they've already earned the approval of the fussiest critics I know (my parents) and all my discerning Yelp friends have given you a hearty thumbs up. We just have to wait for Michelin to catch up
The trotters are a CAN'T miss! I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say it probably ranks as top 3 best appetizers that I've ever had... If you look at my reviews, I've been to some great places but HOLY SHIT
I also got the stone bass with the stuff courgette flower which was really good (but not as amazing as the trotters). Never had a courgette flower before and I have to say it was the best part of the dish.
I'd come here again and again just for the trotters. I even told my waiter that.
I'm so happy that I had a chance to come here while I was in London and even luckier to be in the company of someone in the know! Thanks to London Yelp Elite Yee Gan O. I had a fantastic time at Trinity on my last night in London.
Given that, it would only be appropriate that my 2000th review be a raving review for Trinity in London, UK.
We had reservations at 8:00pm, showed up a a few minutes late but was promptly seated. The ambiance was pleasant, well lit but still elegant. The interior was clean, but still retained a cozy modern feel. I was seated promptly and offered water while I waited for the other half of my party to show up.
The menu, for what it's worth, is pretty reasonable since its £45 for the 5-course and £55 for the 7 course. I'd get the 7 course because that extra 10 gbp is SO worth it! They also have one of the most amazing souffles ever, which I highly, highly recommend getting coming from someone who literally obsesses over souffles!
The whole menu was pretty much one hit after the other. Even the worst dish in my mind of the whole meal, was the best of that kind of dish I have ever had. Granted, I cannot compare this to French Laundry or another 3 Michelin Star restaurant because they simply didn't make the same things, but everything from flavor to presentation was flawless.
Yes, I said it, flawless.
I don't use these words often, so hopefully you will cherish this and realize what a fantastic place this is and make your reservation! This is almost a MUST VISIT if you are a foodie and come to London because I really don't see any other parallels and it really is a great representation of modern British food.
The only thing is, no foie gras for us Californians! Darn!
Amazing, incredible, the BBQ deer was off the charts and the risotto was simply divine. The wine pairing made it even more complete, and it was only £40 more which honestly was a really good value when you compare it to many Michelin star restaurants whom do wine pairings.
This was certainly an excellent choice to end my London stay and I cannot wait until they do receive their Michelin star as it is SO highly deserved!
Had an awesome meal here for my birthday, my wife booked us a table for 7pm and on arrival there was only one other table occupied. Staff welcomed us, taking our coats before leading us to our window side table.
Smart interior with neatly laid tables certainly impressed, and staff were all very friendly. Based on recommendations (here on Yelp) we skipped the ala-carte menu and went for the 5 Course tasting menu. This really was something special.
This included small starters of a Chicken Consomme, with Baked Celeriac and Chicken Oyster, a Scallop Ceviche with Pickled and Charred Cucumber, followed by a Seabass Fricassee of Shellfish, Cucumber Sorrel and Sea beet. My Main was Smoken Venison served with Baked Onions, and to finish we were treated to a modern take on Black Forest Gateau, here each layer of the cake was separated into small mouth-sized bites, superb!
My only complaint would be towards the end of our meal the staff seemed quite overstretched - as the restaurant was now full. It took a considerable amount of time for us to order coffee and tea ; even longer to ask for the bill, and then finally pay it.
While our meal was lovely, my wife later told me she had informed the staff beforehand that it was my birthday, and they had promised her the appearance of a candle lit cupcake. This never materialized, and not wanting to make an issue of it she didn't bring it up... we had after all already had a superb pudding included in our set menu.
It was my 30th so the lack of candle lit cupcake and embarrassing singalong was to be honest somewhat of a relief, that being said the request being forgotten was disappointing for my OH.
£40 for a six course taster menu in London? Top quality food, presentation and service? Tasteful, unpretentious decor? Trinity ticks all the right boxes - Yee Gan O, you know how to recommend a good restaurant!
I started the night with an apricot Bellini which accompanied the appetiser of fresh peas and radishes with a salmon roe dip - fresh flavours and a beautifully creamy accompaniment. We were also given bread rolls fresh out of the oven - so tasty a couldn't resist a second when offered, even though I knew there was so much food still to come.
The wine list offered a good choice without being over expensive. I loved the fact that I could order a carafe instead of a bottle. Being the only drinker I had to make sure that I didn't pass out on the train on the way home!
The first course of our taster menu was chilled pea and mint soup with homemade ricotta and lemon puree. The dishes were delivered to our table with the ricotta, pea and lemon in the bowl, the soup was then poured on top from a milk bottle; I loved the innovative presentation of this dish. I'm not usually a fan of cold soups but this was really tasty.
Course number two was seared yellow fin tuna, sesame and soy dressing, pak choi and lime. The dressing really brought out the flavour of the tuna and the dish had just the right balance of sweetness and acidity.
The third course was roast Orkney scallop, white gazpacho, fresh almonds and pickled grapes. Again, the flavours complimented each other perfectly.
Roast breast of Aylesbury duck was next. This was served with a confit duck leg pastila (similar to a samosa), girolles, spinach and a raisin puree. The puree was very sweet but cut through the richness of the duck. The duck breast was ever so slightly chewy but the pastila was Divine.
Next came my absolute favourite course - strange being that it was the smallest! It was a green tea yogurt that consisted of a layer of yogurt, a layer of jelly, a layer of foam and sprinkles of dehydrated green tea on the top. The tastes and textures were phenomenal. I could have eaten this course over and over again!
Last, but by no means least was an extremely rich chocolate cremosa (mouse), served with honeycomb and almond... A great finish to an exceptional meal.
After 6 courses I was quite content but not overly full (but maybe that's just because I'm a glutton!). I did wear the stretchy dress to comfortably contain the ever-expanding waistline!
This was a really good dining experience. All the wait staff were super friendly and helpful, but not in an over-the-top fashion. Such a great restaurant, it was worth the three hour round trip!!
The food is simply amazing here. pumpkin chestnut soup with curd, dexter beef, halibut, steak tartare with frites and two desserts, chocolate valrhona and vanilla pear sorbet. presentation is very decadent....and the tasting menu is worth every penny.
can't say that i have ever had dexter beef before but this was probably my favorite dish....next to the pumpkin chestnut soup, which was cutely served with a mini pumpkin that was filled with curds. tastes were exquisite and in my opinion very unique. Very easy on the palate.
thanks to my buddy Yee for showing me what London can offer in terms of fine cuisine!! although we just missed the chef, I was given a the pre-fix menu that I could take home...and some good ole' shortbread.
Just off the rather picturesque Polygon Square in Clapham's gentrified Old Town, Trinity is far enough from the Ozzie bars and general high street chicanery to feel a little bit out of London. Looking out of the large plate windows at the summer green of the Common, watching the yummy mummy brigade pile past in their SUVs, you really could have been in any well-heeled provincial town in Southern England.
Inside is the same, the decor is well enough thought out, by someone who's obviously spent a fair amount of time around fine dining restaurants, but it's not a feature. Shades of Farrow and Ball with anonymous arty black and white prints - classy restaurant 101, I'm starting to hope there's a little more imagination behind the pass. The crowd is a well heeled local mix of retirees, professional couples on 'special' dates and what's obviously grandfather's birthday party, nothing arch about that, it's a local restaurant and perfectly sums up the community that live in the grand Victorian terraces along the tree-filled local avenues (well, the ones who can afford to eat here anyway).
Service is very friendly and in the most part efficient, a shared plate of sweet fresh radishes and freshly picked pea pods arrived promptly and were a lovely start to the meal, though we were left waiting for breads and water for a good 10 minutes after that.
The tasting menu kicked off trumpeting the finest of British summer, a flavoursome if slightly too cold pea and mint soup 'presented' at the table in an old fashioned milk bottle and poured over lemon purée and ricotta, a knowing smirk at finer dining outfits.The wine pairing for the course emphasised the national theme with a Chapel Down Primrose Hill, not my cup of tea (nor glass of wine), but a pleasant enough accompaniment.
The Gruner Veltliner that came with the second course was much more on the money for me, a complex spicy white with notes of white pepper and the perfect foil to a small but perfectly formed disc of seared tuna served with wilted baby pak choi and a tiny salsa of indeterminate but tasty orange colour. Accomplished cooking with great ingredients, it was good, bordering on very good but didn't quite hit the heights somehow.
My remembrance of the third course is hazy, it could be the wine, a sweet aromatic slap of muscat was heavenly, enough to convert one to a difficult grape. Looking at the menu I vaguely remember it as a scallop dish, with a white gazpacho and a fizzy yet funny pickled grape. The solo bivalve was plump and fresh but well, a little bland, in a forgettable gazpacho sea. Single scallops need to be make an effort, they've got to draw your attention to them, like a solo guest at a party, and this one was sat in the corner looking at the DVD collection.
We ended with the best, for me at any rate, a genuinely sensational duck dish. Plump cuts of breast served with an exquisite pastile of dark duck leg. Rich, salty and thoroughly tasty, earthy girolles melted into the juice and the whole thing balanced by sweet spinach. It brought the meal alive and really showed what the kitchen was capable of.
Pudding got the requisite oohs and aahs. Thick and sticky Valrhona chocolate cream with honeycomb and almond didn't show a great imagination, but delivered perfectly what it set out to do. I had an eye on three huge cloches behind us containing a quantity of rich and oozing cheese, sadly on my own in this, I had to settle for a more sociable coffee.
In hindsight, I'm probably being overly critical. I had a wonderful meal, though the quality of the company guaranteed that, with some great wines at a restaurant I'd eat at regularly if it was on the doorstep. There are flashes of brilliance from the kitchen, and the staff are close enough to where they need to be. But only one dish out of five will trouble my best of the year list, and that's just not enough for the price.
Recently went here for my significant other's birthday and what can I say? It's a pricey place that's absolutely worth it.
When we first arrived I was not too enthusiastic about it because our table was not ready and the hostess really demanded we wait at the bar (I was sick so maybe this was the first time ever I didn't want more than my glass of wine with dinner). Soon after though we were seated and the magic began, lovely attentive service from both our waiter and the maitre d, we took the salmon and octupus appetizer respectively and both were delicious (salmon appetizer was really quite big so be warned).
We then moved on to the sole and the fillet steak served with steak tartar and triple cooked chips. At £30 for the steak entrée, you're probably tempted not to take it and settle for on of the £23-24 entrées. Don't. Not that my sole was nothing short of soft, flavourful and delicious but the steak and steak tartare... these are the things in which Michelin Stars are given!
We were too full for dessert so opted to just get our check but they still gave us each a small big of parting meringues (yum) and since they had bothered to ask why we were there and we told them it was his birthday, they also gave us a takeaway cupcake to enjoy later on. Really, top notch service, amazing food, and for us it's a quick skip home so for sure we'll save our pennies to go again!
It was the wife's birthday so I fancied taking her out for a treat, a booking at Trinity it is then.
We both opted for the 6 course tasting menu, the wife also had the wines to accompany each course.....I was driving :(
So the meal, started off with some radish & fish roe, then some sour dough with home made butter.
Onto the tasting menu;
Vichyssoise of English Asparagus & Jersey Royal, a cold creamy soup that they poured from a pint bottle, served with a potato crisp & cheese. Not my thing to be honest too much, too rich, could've just served me a 1/4 pint & neither of us finished it.
Charred Mackerel, Oyster Mayo, Cucumber & Shrimp, nice little dish but left me wanting.
Sear Scallop, Mussel Emulsion, Shellfish & Monks Beard, getting there lovely dish, well executed, Monks Beard was a first, just tasted like bland greens.
Smoked Beef Fillet, Carrots & Wood Sorrel, now this is what I was expecting, yum, smoke not too over powering, well cooked.
Frozen Yoghurt, was delicious served with honeycomb brittle.
Chocolate Delice, Coconut Sorbet, Almond Praline, saved the best till last, not normally a sweet man, but best dish of the night.
Overall I like the relaxed local restaurant feel to it, the waiters were attentive & knew their stuff & I love the fact that the head chef Adam Byatt got a round of applause when he popped his head out of the kitchen. But, I was still hungry(maybe because I didn't have the wine), for me the food misses the mark it didn't wow me enough, perhaps it deserves another visit when they change the menu.........until another time.
Trinity is a great example of fine dining. It is a trendy restaurant in Clapham Common, with an open front perfect to enjoy the cool breeze on a summer's day. It's very sophisticated and not for those lacking in funds.
The menu is A la Carte, and I enjoyed a first course of Pressed Terrine of Confit Duck, Peach and Foie Gras, Peach and Vanilla Chutney, and Warm Toast followed by the Saddle of Rabbit, White Asparagus, Bayonne Ham, Courgette and Crayfish Vinaigrette for the main. The portions are served on a big plate, so it looks small, but is surprisingly filling.
The staff were fabulous, they hovered long enough to keep the wine pouring, and then disappeared to let us enjoy our meal in peace. The tables were cleared at a reasonable speed, and we had a good laugh with the lovely hostess.
Right in the epicentre of Clapham Old Town (in The Polygon), eating here nevertheless is a relaxing, indulgent experience - one feels cossetted and pampered, and far from the madding crowds.
The decor is tasteful - perhaps a little too tasteful - but the menu is imaginative, the service friendly and efficient, and the cooking superb.
The menu changes frequently, but at the moment one of the starter options is Grilled Cornish Mackerel witgh Pickled Cauliflower, Beetroot Carpaccio, Horseradish Blinis and Watercress - for pudding I struggled to choose between Tarte Tatin of Quince with Creme Fraiche and Honey Sorbet or the Panettone Bread and Butter Pudding with Dulce de Leche Ice Cream. The bread and butter pudding won - yum!
They also have a fabulous Sunday lunch menu - 3 courses for £25
Trinity has been recommended by a client of mine and I have to say it was a beautiful evening with attentive service and really good food. We will be back - thank you.
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Having heard great things about Trinity, I'm surprised it's taken me so long to grace its tables. But then friend Ben, quite the Trinity regular (and trusted eating accomplice, having married the woman who arranged another excellent dinner at La Petite Maison), made a booking for 6 of us one night this week, reserving the £20 prix fix menu (for 3 courses). The time had come.
The ragout of smoked haddock, orzo pasta and peas served in a deep bowl was sumptuous, and TPG's summery chilled pea and mint soup was almost as good.
My salad of beef rump with bone marrow beignet, sweet celeriac puree, white onion fondant "and meat juices" was as fresh, pleasing and colourful to the eye as it was to the palate. (The mug shots by Blackberry do the dish no justice). Those who have gripes about food served on black plates might quibble, but would be satisfactorily muted at first bite.
The slow cooked belly of middle white pork with hot potato soup, apple and watercress was enjoyed with equal enthusiasm by my fellow diners. Only poor TPG, with his rather bland fillet of Loch Duart salmon, was left gaping jealously at the surrounding dishes. Even the dainty, zingy ragout of broad beans and lemon puree didn't save him. I flung him the odd sliver of beef to put him out of his misery.
The cox apple tarte fine with liquorice ice cream was another delight in simplicity, even if presentation was a little odd. Our affable waiter happily offered to swap the liquorice ice cream to the orange and poppyseed ice cream for those interested - probably a good move since the apple and liquorice sound like they won't match well, and they don't. However, each element was individually lovely.
It's a happy circumstance that cheeses are also an option instead of dessert as part of the prix fixe menu (although, sadly, you have to choose 1 of the 3 cheeses on offer).
At £20 for 3 courses, the prix fixe option is most certainly a bargain (although - as usual - we ended up spending double once wine and service was factored in). If you want the prix fixe deal, you must reserve it in advance (Mon-Thurs only). Apart from a bit of a wait for menus and waters at the start, service was excellent - helpful, friendly and relaxed. The decor is nothing earth shattering but fairly light and airy - even more so on a warm summer's evening when the windows were thrown open to the outside world.
Various other menu options are also available. A la carte prices range between £8-£12 for entrees and £18-£24 for mains (or £30 for the lobster dish). These prices are certainly reasonable for food and service of this quality.
An absolute must for local Clapham Commoners, and well worth a trip for the rest of us.
I went there with my colleagues.
I had lamb, beet root salad, rum ice cream, costed £27.
The service was ok, but it wasn't particularly inspirational or anything unforgettable, though the quality of food was good.
The food itself can be more creative? Or it's just the way of presenting it isn't unique enough? I was not impressed about the service.
I wanted to treat my boyfriend to a slap-up feed so had a look into what was good in my local area. I found a Guardian review of Trinity Restaurant and a look at the website was not only a mouth-watering experience but also alerted me to the fixed price menu offers that they run both during the week (Monday to Thursday) and for Sunday Lunch. The Sunday Lunch is what we opted for. It cost £25 per head which is normally outside of my budget but a perfect for a treat.
The restaurant was lovely, light and airy. It was a sunny day and the window's were open creating a lovely refreshing breeze. The staff were really friendly and not at all pretentious.
The cover charge is £2 pr head and included bread, olives and sparking or still water which I thought was a nice addition when you often have to pay a fortune for water and can feel a bit tight asking for the fresh from the tap variety.
The wine list is long and goes from a reasonably priced Chilean Merlot (£16.50) to some extremely expensive fine wines. We went for a bottle of soft, light Chinon (£29) and you can find several bottles around this price but not many for less.
We both went for the smoked salmon with egg, cress and bread and butter to start. It was delicious, delicate and light.
For mains I had a poussin Caesar salad which was good but there were a few too many strong flavours for my liking. The tapenade was definitely an unnecessary competition to the anchovy-based dressing and was left largely untouched. Also, when I have a salad I like it to be a little crisper but there was not enough lettuce to cut through the strong flavours. The poussin was, however, perfectly crisp on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.
My boyfriend went for the pork belly with pea puree, cabbage and apples. We paid an additional £5 for the "pork stuffing" thinking that it was a stuffing to go with the pork but it turned out to be a stuffing made of pork so was probably a bit OTT. Also, the pea puree seemed to be made with truffle oil which, again, was too strong a contest for the poor delicate peas - their flavours hardly stood a chance of breaking through. He did love the pork belly, especially the cracking.
For desert we had the affogato - vanilla ice cream with macaroons and a shot of espresso. We asked to share the optional amaretto shot (an additional £3.50) which was not a problem at all. The desert was lovely and subtle and refreshing. We would both recommend it.
All in all I enjoyed the restaurant and would recommend it. I think if the chefs didn't want to create quite so much of a commotion in our mouths with the strong flavours we would have given in 5 out of 5.
I like this modern restaurant, because the food is tasty and the prices are reasonable. I've checked the website and no matter that it is quite simple, you can carefully observe the menu and choose your meals. With Millie we are going to eat there at lunchtime. I'm planning to order the "Home Smoked Duck" or the "Glazed Pig Cheeks". Usually I do not pay attention to my weight and cholesterol levels. You can see me eating several slices of pizza, plates full of crispy bacon or different nuts like cashews, hazelnuts etc. I like eating duck meat a lot. Not only, because it is served mainly in the upscale restaurants, but its taste is unique and its cholesterol level is quite low. My mother often reminds me that eating only the breasts of the duck or eating it without the skin can reduce the cholesterol content in your meal. I've recently read in one article that one of the advantages in the duck meat is the melting point of duck fat. It was written that it is 14 degrees Centigrade, much lower than the temperature of the human body. The melting points of pork and chicken are, respectively 38, and 37 degrees Centigrade, higher than the temperature of the human body. Therefore it is easily excreted, and will not cause problems of obesity. And there is no matter if you serve the duck meat cold or not. I'm looking forward to eating the Home Smoked Duck in the restaurant. In my opinion you should try new different things every day. You can try different cuisines, meet new people, watch different documentaries, read interesting books. We should not forget to seize the day. Put aside all the worries, all fears. Do you know the phrase "Carpe diem" ? Mollie tattooed it on her shoulder two years ago. And why? Because sometimes people underestimate the power and beauty of every single day. But the truth is simple- you should not live in the past. If you do it, you have no future. Just enjoy every second. I'm planning to try many new cuisines in the following month. Also some extreme sports. But I can also recommend you to check the events that are on in London. For example, from the 14th of September till the 22th of September an interesting Design festival will take place in the city. I'm pretty excited to see the so called "Endless Stair"- a structure of twenty interlocking staircases. Be blown away by the creativity of different architects and engineers. I found out that you can visit the Endless Stair 24/ 7! And this is a great opportunity to discover its beauty at every moment.
On my third visit to Trinity I was just as excited as the two prior. This restaurant has an intimate setting and feel. The service is impeccable and the chef is quite creative. For the full experience I would completely recommend the tasting menu with wine. We took a visiting friend there for supper and he was impressed as well. Their breads are wonderful to start with butter served the way it should be, room temperature. There's nothing worse than trying to spread cold butter across soft bread. This visit the tasting menu has been inspired by the Queen's Jubilee including English wines. At first I paused and thought "hmm" and then said what the heck. No offense to the English however fine wines from England aren't exactly renowned around the world. Our server brought out some English Broad Beans as a starter to nibble on... it was like really large edamame and tasted fine. They are beans so you can't really get that excited or have too high of an expectation in my opinion. I was already wrapped up in the tasty bread, butter and Elderflower fizz that had been delivered. My friend ordered a Manhattan and he couldn't have been happier. It seems that a majority of London bars just haven't grasp the concept of serving a proper cocktail.
Wigmore fritters was the first course paired with Gusboume Blanc e Blanc from Kent. These little cheese balls breaded and served with a sauce were amazing. I was pleasantly surprised by the wine as well.
Chilled Wye Valley Asparagus Soup paired with Camel Valley Estate Bacchus from Cornwall. This soup was INCREDIBLE!!! Seriously, I had no idea I could enjoy asparagus soup so much. In a home setting I would have asked for another bowl of this delicious goodness. (Campbell's Soup Company in the US has a slogan "Mm... Mm... Good" and this was more like "Mm... Mm... DAMN GOOD") Amazingly the wine was light and somewhat fizzy like a champagne to complete the smile this course left on my face. The wine with this course was my least favorite of all. It wasn't offensive and paired nicely however just not my particular "cup of tea" as one might say.
Ham and Eggs paired with Bolney Estate Cuvee Noir Brut from Sussex. This was one of the items I was worried about and much to my delight it was an immediate favorite. I'm not a ham eater, EVER however I was feeling adventurous. The quail's egg was great and I enjoyed the presentation as well. (See photo posted)
Caramelized Halibut, Cucumber, Kelp Emulsion and Cockles paired with Skye's Hush Heath Chardonnay from Kent. This is my favorite fish and it was delicious. The textures were amazing and the emulsion was divine. Rarely do I drink chardonnay, it's that wine that is "too popular" and buttery with... ugh I digress. Clearly not a fan however this one was quite nice and suited this pairing like a perfect relationship.
Milk Fed Lamb, Heritage Tomato, Crisp Smoked Sweetbreads, Rapeseed Oil paired with Gusbourne Pinot Noir from Kent. Aahh, the second worrisome item for me because I'm not a fan of lamb and repulsed by the idea of sweetbreads. For those who have seen Alice In Wonderland, I usually make a White Queen face (Ann Hathaway) when the word sweetbread is mentioned. Ok the lamb was truly wonderful and tender with great flavor. I did not even attempt the sweetbread and neither did the other two at the table. The pinot noir was really good and quite interesting in flavor and texture. I'm going to look for a bottle of this on my next shopping trip.
Elderflower Float - such a wonderful palate cleanser!!!
Macerated Berries, Lemon Thyme Sabayon, Balfour Jellies, Puff Pastry Crisp - This indeed was happy ending to the evening. The berries were naturally sweet, lemon and thyme danced across my tongue and the puff pastry was nice and buttery.
As a big finish we had a nice Bailey's and Coffee while relaxing at the table reminiscing about this wonderful meal. When you're looking for a place to have a special dinner this American Southern in London says taking your guest(s) here will certainly say "Frankly my dear, I do give a damn!" (That's a Gone with the Wind reference for you movie fans)
A smallish restaurant, which feels un-rushed, smart and laid-back all at once. The food is brilliant modern English style, without too many fussy and heavy foams, jus etc. We went there for a friend's birthday and ahead of time they allowed us to order a beef Wellington, which was a big success.
You really can't go wrong with any of the choices on their Sunday lunch menu from starter through dessert. A group of us went about a week ago, only to rave about our individual dishes. Fantastic take on butternut squash soup and fois gras. Delicious chocolate hot pot or rhubarb crumble for dessert. However, for your main course, if you want to try the best roast you've ever experienced, definitely opt for it here. They use a sous vide (sp?) cooking technique, which gives the most tender and flavorful roast I've ever had. There's something right going on in the kitchen. Every aspect of the meal was cooked to perfection. I would put my taste bud experience at Trinity on par with Michael Mina (a two star Michelin) here in San Francisco (where I live), and that's saying something.
Easy elegance relaxing gently on the edge of Clapham Common. Food that is always a pleasure to eat that plays gently with wild science and a rye sense of humour without ever failing to be a joy to eat.
We had dinner at Trinity yesterday. I have been several times to this location, but the name/owners seem to be different every time. What is consistens is the modern, warm decor and good food. We had Prix Fixe - 3 courses for £20. Good value for money, decent selection on the set menu, delicious food and attentive, knowledgable service. Going A la carte would have been expensive.
I ate here last night for my boyfriend's birthday his parents were paying, fortunately!
The food is expensive but exquisite, plus, the price of a main is for a full meal rather than for the centre piece (meat/fish) with sides charged as extra.
I had cod with cobnuts and pickled grapes and it was honestly one of the best plates of food I've eaten in my life.
Really, really, worth it.
Went with the girlfriend on a nice romantic evening. Place is top drawer status wise and I think they know it but they're not really into the whole high and mighty and snooty business.
The food is very good and well sourced. The scallops were impeccable and actually reasonable value. And the beef was out of this world.
Service in my mind was great but a little OTT in places. We're not really that used to this level of service so it felt a bit awkward when they started scraping the breadcrumbs off of the table between servings. Still the thought counts and I'd rather they do that than not bother at all I guess!
All in all I recommend it!
"Located off the beaten path on the wrong side of the Thames is this worthy informal restaurant. The only sour note was the hostess's "warning" us that as we had 630 reservations we would have to be finished in 21/2 hours. However, once we got there, we were treated graciously in an unhurried and friendly manner."
Trinity is a terrific local asset. The menu is constantly changing to suit the season and usually full of innovative ideas, well executed and elegantly presented. The staff create a warm, welcoming and unstuffy atmosphere, yet are utterly professional, knowledgeable and efficient. First class.
I can see why this place is popular and don't be put off by my 3 stars because on a good night I would have given them 5. To start let me say the staff were super friendly and not overbearing but attentive and actually knew their stuff. Amuse bouche 'twas delicious as was the Mackeral app which they kindly split. Decided on a bottle of St Emilion Grand Cru as the Brunello I ordered was out of stock. I think it ws a 96 by Castello Banfi. Anyho. (not a typo y'all). Had 3 mains between 2. Steak bavette frickin divine. Sous vide. Bernaise and chips with bone marrow. What more can one ask for old chap :0. Halibut was good too. We also had a truffled gnocchi dish which was a little salty as was our spinach. Choc pot with salted caramel ice cream for afters. I ended up at 3 stars because my wine was not in stock but was not noted on the wine list and chose my food around it. Plus my glass was covered in lipstick and I NEVER wear pink. Food in places too liberal with the salt and coming from a massive salt freak that is saying something and the Irish coffee I ordered was the worst I ever tasted and sent it back. Having said that with the right wine clean glasses a little less salt I am sure the meal would have been perfect. I will try again for sure.
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