“ Address: 4 The Polygon / Clapham / London / England / SW4 0JG / Tel: 020 7622 1199 „
This restaurant won Time Out's Restaurant of the year 2007/08 and the AA London Restaurant of the year that year too. The head chef, Adam Byatt, has appeared on several television shows, and his food has always looked really good, and slightly different, so I had to try this restaurant.
I opted to go on a Sunday for their three course set menu for £25 per person. I booked via Open Table about 4 weeks in advance for a 1pm table for 2 people. I really needn't have worried about booking, as the restaurant was not busy until about 2:30pm.
On arrival the staff were very friendly, and took our coats and my partners bag and kept them in the curtained area behind the reception desk. We were shown to our table by the window, which was a lovely spot to see everything coming out of the kitchen, as well as being able to watch the world go by outside.
The restaurant has a wine waiter who can talk you through the ample wine list if you please, but there is something there for everyone. Prices for bottles started at about £20 and went up from there. Champagne and a couple of cocktails were also available.
The tables are laid out perfectly, not too close together, with larger tables in the centre of the room, and smaller tables around the edges. The tables are covered with lovely white tablecloths, and silver cutlery. The wine glasses are perfectly sized, and water tumblers are also supplied. The set menu is printed on lovely thick paper. While you select your food, fresh (and wonderfully misshapen so certainly organic) olives are presented at the table, along with freshly baked bread sprinkled with salt, and butter. The bread was heavenly. Warm from the oven, with just the right amount of salt. I could have just eaten the bread and been a happy customer!
The food itself, was absolutely delicious to say the least. Everything has a slight twist of quirkiness to it to give the typical British food an added edge. We started with butternut squash soup for me, and foie gras for my boyfriend. The soup was presented in a very large looking bowl, and on first sight I thought I wouldn't be able to eat the whole thing. However, it had been whisked to give it a frothy texture and appearance, so was not over filling. Hidden inside the soup was a perfectly poached egg, and dusted on the top was a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. The Foie Gras is not my thing, but my boyfriend assured me it was very tasty, although incredibly rich. It was served with small pickles, and toasted brioche.
For our mains we opted for the Roast beef, served with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, French beans and onions. The beef came out rare, and in the form of a steak which I was surprised about. I normally prefer my meat more cooked than that, but it was incredibly tasty as it was. It was a wonderful texture, not tough in the slightest. And after the meal, the waitress informed us that the beef had been hung for 25 days. My boyfriend had the roast pork belly which came with a lovely big piece of crackling, and was served with an apple compote and cauliflower cheese in a side dish.
After our main courses, when the staff were taking away our plates, they asked us if it was a special occasion that we were there, or if we had just seen the restaurant and fancied Sunday Lunch. So I told them it was my boyfriend's birthday, which is genuinely was, and when they brought out our desserts, they also brought him a small perfectly iced cupcake with a candle. Thankfully, no embarrassing singing - but I thought the gesture was lovely.
By the time we had eaten both courses we were totally stuffed, but determined to sample the puddings! I chose the chocolate hot pot, which was a cross between a warm brownie and liquid chocolate. It was topped with fig and honey ice cream. The combination of the hot chocolate and the cold ice cream was amazing. And the gentle flavours complemented each other perfectly. We also had a pear tart served with liquorice ice cream. I was sceptical about this flavour, but once I had actually tasted it, I was converted!
At the end of the meal when we were paying for our food, we were given a small bag of baby meringues each, which I thought was a lovely touch and different from the typical post dinner mints so many places offer.
The staff here at Trinity are knowledgeable, smiley, friendly, and genuinely seem happy to be working in such a great restaurant. I would say that the service here was the best I have ever had in a restaurant.
The toilets are neatly tucked away at the back of the restaurant, and are in the form of individual cubicles rather than a row. Which I think is much nicer. The toilets are clean and well maintained, with little white flannels to dry your hands on, then place in the laundry basket for washing.
The bill came to just over £80 for the two lunches, a bottle of wine, and a bottle of sparkling water, and also included a tip. Which although pricey for a Sunday lunch, this was not your typical lunch in the local pub. And as a treat, I would certainly recommend Trinity to anyone.