We received a warm welcome from the front of house team and the friendly, yet relaxed service continued throughout our lunch. The total bill for our lunch was £114.37 which included a 3 course meal, 3 beers, 3 glasses of wine and service.
Trinity31st May 2014
I’ve been to Trinity before with some friends and really loved it. It’s in the ‘burbs of South London, so not the most convenient of locations to make a return visit that feasible for The Better and Half (TBH) and I. But seeing chef/patron Adam Byatt appear on the Great British Menu on TV recently reminded me what a fabulous meal I’d had at Trinity before and I promptly booked a table. It was good as I remembered!
We decided on the set lunch menu, which at £32 for 3 courses is incredible value. But first we were to start with warm bread rolls and a whipped goat’s milk butter – I love the fact that both are made in-house. Along with the bread, we were served the thinnest of buttery puff pastry straws with black olive tapenade, radishes and a delicious smoked salmon dip.
It took us some time to decide what to order because every dish appealed, but in the end I chose the asparagus vichyssoise, crisp fried bantam egg, asparagus soldier. (It was the bantam egg that swung it for me!) The cold soup was perfect for a sunny spring day as it was on Sunday. The bantam egg adding a lovely bit of texture and the runny yolk a gorgeous richness to the soup.
The Better Half had Bayonne ham, celeriac remoulade and sourdough to start. He really wanted the soup, but has a weird thing about us not ordering the same thing! He enjoyed his starter, it was light and the celeriac remoulade brought a nice freshness to the dish. The sourdough was a little on the crunchy side, so he was unsure how best to eat it and in the end ate each element separately.
Braised lamb and sweetbread, Jersey royals in seaweed butter, samphire is what I chose for my main dish. The braised lamb was melt-in-your mouth tender and the loin cooked to a perfect pink. The addition of seaweed butter and samphire added lovely saltiness to the dish. I enjoyed it immensely.
Ever the traditionalist, TBH chose the 40 Day Aged Dexter beef, Yorkshire pudding, horseradish, cauliflower cheese. It was Sunday and how could you not have a roast on a Sunday? But let me tell you, this was no ordinary roast! For one thing, the size of the Yorkshire pudding was quite something else – eating it all nearly defeated him. The roast beef was not fatty in the least (nothing worse than fatty meat for TBH) and packed full of flavour. The cauliflower cheese was creamy and rich and the addition of freshly grated horseradish added a nice bit of heat. TBH rated it as his number 1 Sunday roast ever! High praise indeed.
I very nearly skipped dessert as I was well satisfied by this point, but the summer berry gazpacho, grape sorbet and mint sounded so refreshing that I thought I would try it. It was a perfect ending to our meal, light and palate cleansing just as I expected it to be.
TBH went for another classic dish for his dessert – rhubarb and custard. It sounds so simple, but it’s a combination that works perfectly together. There was a poached rhubarb, rhubarb pearls, a rhubarb shard and rhubarb sorbet. The custard was packed full of vanilla and extremely more’ish. Another dish that TBH thoroughly enjoyed.
Trinity is a fantastic neighbourhood restaurant and Clapham really is lucky to have such a gem in its midst.
Until we eat again!