Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trio - Palm Springs, CA

Trio
707 N. Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262


Trio is a Palm Springs gem located in the swanky Uptown district.  A good friend heard rave reviews about Trio and we decided to eat there our last night in town. It was the perfect ending to a great vacation! The restaurant is medium sized with a mix of indoor and outdoor patio seating.  The décor is contemporary and colorful.  The outside patio offers a nice mix of contemporary plastic tables and chairs with fine linen and silverware.  

The menu has many great offerings with some American classics like pot roast to unexpected combinations like crawfish pot pie.  When we arrived, our beverage order was promptly taken and we were given warm bread with butter while we perused the menu.  We ordered the Yankee Pot Roast, Australian Sole, Roasted Half Chicken, and the special of the day – Swordfish.  These were all recommended to us by our sweet and very helpful server, Joy.  She also brought us two of the house cocktails.  Amie’s Black Widow which consists of Grey Goose, vanilla vodka, lemon juice, agave, and Chambord – we lucked out and had the drink actually made by Amie!  It tasted like a lemon drop with an extra punch.  We also tried the Scottylicious, a fun drink created by a former bartender at Trio consisting of Pearl Cucumber Vodka, Cream De Noyaux, agave, a splash of lime, pineapple juice, and cucumber.  It tasted kind of like watermelon and was a beautiful pink color. It was so good we didn’t even get a picture before it was all gone!
Our food came very quickly and we wasted no time digging in.  The Yankee Pot Roast was served with two carrot spears and a few pearl onions over a bed of sour cream mashed potatoes.  The pot roast was tender and had a rich flavor. The mashed potatoes were made from red potatoes and the skins were left on adding a nice complement to the smooth, creamy texture. 

The Australian Sole is oven roasted with parsley, capers, lemon zest, bread crumbs and butter, then served over a bed of Israeli Couscous.  The buttery bread crumbs gave the sole a wonderful crunch.  The couscous had a great flavor and paired well with the fish.

Marinated in garlic, lemon, and olive oil, the Roasted Half Chicken was everything we hoped it would be and more. Large enough to share, the chicken was served with sour cream mashed potatoes and green beans.  The green beans were kind of bland, but we found they were a great way to cleanse the palate between bites of chicken and mashed potatoes.  Half of this great meal was boxed and taken home to be consumed as a midnight snack.

The Swordfish special plate was everything a special should be – delicious and well presented.  Served on a bed of rice and with asparagus, the swordfish was a huge cut of thick, moist, flavorful heaven.  The Yankee Pot Roast was delicious, but I really wish I had ordered the Swordfish – it was that good!
For dessert we ordered from the verbally presented dessert menu.  Pistachio gelato and a crème brulee type custard were ordered, consumed, and enjoyed.  The pistachios in the gelato were kind of gummy so we didn’t eat them, but the gelato itself had a rich flavor that was not too sweet, but most enjoyable.  The custard had a nice body and was topped with a dollop of whipped cream. 

Trio has become a must hit for us when visiting the Palm Springs area.  No detail was missed and we not only enjoyed the food, but also the atmosphere.  Unlike so many other Palm Springs eateries in that area, Trio hits the mark with the upscale service without the pretentious atmosphere.



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