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Trinity

Our party of four dined at Trinity on Friday night - we were all extremely disappointed after the stonking review that this restaurant received from Giles Coren of The Times Online.

Interior and finishing - the restaurant has a subdued interior, warm colours and dark woods. Large tables, good quality cutlery, crockery and linen. Lighting was low and complimentary.

Atmosphere was disappointing - noise levels in the restaurant are not helped by the low ceiling, noisy bar, kitchen staff strolling through the restaurant to the toilet with their aprons on??? What is that about? Helium balloons tied to another table in the restaurant - should have been a clue.

Service was friendly, but erratic - orders forgotten, timing between courses and AWOL waiters.

Food was an utter disaster. Wanting to try the tasting menu's, but with shellfish allergies for two of the party, we were informed that the kitchen was understaffed and no substitutions would be "allowed" on the tasting menu. Our party was split between being a bit disappointed - to finding this attitude downright draconian in customer experience terms.

The Sommelier was good, settled on a Maison Antonin Guyon burgundy.

We then ordered off the Al a Carte menu. The table ordered:

First Course: Coriander seared tuna - great ingredients - just could not get the flavours and textures to work. Tarte girolles - slab of tart with thick crust - cold congealed fat under the skin of the quail. Cucumber soup - good. Foie gras terrine - flavours/textures just do not work. Starting to worry about main courses...

Main Course: Two halibut, overcooked and dry. Two beef - meat was excellent, jus tasty, potato ok if a bit stodgy, did not understand the shin marrow on the side - flavours are wrong. Really concerned about deserts – all of the table agreed not to try anything "alternative" - the kitchen just seemed to have no clue.

Cheese board: OK, but not organic, British or very interesting selection - seemed like a lazy afterthought.

Dessert: chocolate soufflé - rubbery eggy mush. Trifle - custard with lumps of sponge - almond cream fabulous, but lost. Two peaches – ok but just like very nice tinned peaches.

Evening ended on an interesting note with a patron from one of the other tables, slipping on the wooden floor – (was it greasy??) - And cracked her head on the reception table and proceeded to bleed profusely.

Total cost for the evening of culinary experience - a poorly spent £330.

I hope that this will help to offer other prospective diners a balanced view on the restaurant.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4


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