I always keep my promises. After my epic (pulling it off, yet)? brunch at Trenchermen a few weeks ago, I vowed to try it for dinner as soon as possible. I had to wait a few weeks to get a decent Saturday night reservation. Even still, the earliest reservation available was 9:00. It was a bit irritating that when we arrived at 9:00, half of the restaurant was empty and we had called to get an earlier reservation that day. My group and I ordered just short of everything on the menu. It would probably be easier to tell you what we didn’t order, but then you might get confused.
Focaccia, Butter, Hot Sauce, Seasonal Jam
Potato Gnocchi, Huitlacoche, Mushrooms, Pecorino, Brown Butter Soy
Pickle Tots, Chicken Breast Bresaola, Red Onion Yogurt, Scallions
Kale Salad, Vegetable Escabeche, Bagna Cauda, Avocado, Pumpkin Seed, Manchego
Berkshire Pork Belly, Bulgher, Broccoli, Rhubarb Umeboshi, Black Bean
Fried Chicken, ‘Popcorn’ Grits, Togarashi, Carrots, Soy Jus, Hot Sauce
Trenchermen S’mores, Dark Chocolate, Popcorn Ice Cream, House Graham, Smoked Mallow
The highlights of the meal were the pickled tots and the chicory apple fritters. The pickled tots were the perfect size and I loved the crunchy outside paired with the red onion yogurt. The apple fritters were dense and fresh. I don’t know what chicory is, but I could definitely taste it in the fritter, which made it that much better. I tried to resist my instinct to slap others hands when they went for a bite.
Everything else was good, not great. The sauce with the gnocchi was too thin for the pasta, but it worked well to use the focaccia as a dipping device for it. The pork belly was fatty and forgettable and the Trenchermen s’mores were not really s’mores.
I enjoyed the meal, drinks and company but I definitely misjudged my plan to be a regular customer.