Chef Mike d’Ennery said the restaurant offers 26 wines by the glass. I recently had the Cloudline Pinot Noir, out of Oregon.
It might possibly be my official alternative to merlot – The first thing that came to mind when I had a sip was “sweet merlot.” What a wine, being sweet enough yet distinct enough to address the palate in the smoothest way.
I’ve also indulged in the Keyport Cosmo (left), a combination of Christiana vodka, white cranberry juice and Blue Curaçao. A stylish and tasty alternative to the traditional Cosmo, I couldn’t have come up with a better drink for Keyport myself.
Owner Charlie Merla said he and the chef taste everything they make and discuss everything in detail before it even reaches the menu. D’Ennery said he takes great care making sure everything is just right.
Other delectable concoctions on the summer drink menu include the Mango Mojito (also very tasty), a Strawberry Margarita, the Zen Cooler, a Clear Pear Cosmo and the Pomegranate Caipirinha.
On to the food . . . Where do I start! Items d’Ennery said are popular include Catalan Style Clams ($12) and a duo of spring lamb ($28). I’ve had the soft-shelled crab, an asparagus dish and the Hukilau Pot – by far the most amazing dish I’ve ever had. It was a combination of fish, clams and vegetables served over couscous.
D’Ennery said appetizers range in price from $6 to $14 and entrées from $14 to $29.
Drinks are moderately priced as well, specialty cocktails starting at $9 and glasses of wine (depending on the type) at $7.
Merla said d’Ennery was born and raised in New Orleans, La., and worked in San Diego for 10 years. You can taste it in his food, as everything is cooked to perfection.
The restaurant lends itself to the supper-club atmosphere and has been working with the Shall We Dance studio, Middletown, to provide dance nights – a true experience.
Danielle Friend gave a free East Coast Swing lesson on Saturday night, kicking off June with the dance series. (Friend also reviews restaurants, check out her fantastic blog, The Average Cook.)
There was also a psychic in the steeple on Saturday night, Jennifer Lall from Red Bank. Merla said she is stops by often and always impresses dinner goers.
Overall, this restaurant is certainly a “hot one” in the Bayshore. I look forward to spending more time there.
Check out this week’s issue of The Courier for more about Trinity. I will also be posting a review of the restaurant on Zagat.com.
Check back to my blog for more juicy bits, as well. Bon Appétit!