The best restaurant in Clapham, balancing smart decor with friendly service.
Trinity remains Clapham’s best restaurant, a destination for special occasions and celebratory splurges. It gets the right balance of smart (neat napery, cutting-edge cooking) and casual (smiling staff, hubbub of conversation). Recent price hikes might cause some eyebrow-raising (main courses now cost £25-£38), but the cooking is as good as ever.
Our meal began with appetisers of plum radishes served with taramasalata, good bread and outstanding freshly churned butter. A starter of pig’s trotter resembled a fish finger, but pierce the breading and chewy fragments of flavoursome pork spill out. Crackling, poached quail’s egg and a slick of gribiche made such a pretty garnish it seemed a shame to spoil it. Less successful was a main course of rather chewy beef rump, with the accompanying barley and hemispheres of onion giving it a slightly gruel-like appearance and taste. Things improved again with baked stone bass, served with a courgette flower filled with a delicate scallop mousse, seaweed and samphire. Desserts might include cherry soufflé, or lemon sponge with ricotta.
The wine list and service are exemplary, if aimed at lightening the embarrassment of City bonuses. The only irksome detail is that filtered tap water carries a £1.50 per head surcharge. If you’re looking for something more affordable, try the much cheaper nearby offshoot, Bistro Union.
4 The Polygon
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 12.30-2.30pm Tue-Fri; noon-2.15pm Sat; noon-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham Common tube|
|Price:||Main courses £17-£30. Set lunch (Tue-Sat) £18 1 course, £22 2 courses, £27 3 courses. Set meal (Tue-Sat) £50 tasting menu (£85 incl wine). Cover £1.50|
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Food, service, location, menu, wines - all perfect. You won't find better than this smart eating establishment - it's class and quality and simply divine...
After many visits, Trinity still manages to surprise and delight. It should already have received a star in my opinion, as it's food, wine and service sit comfortably with Gidleigh Park, the Fat Duck and Del Posto. Unlike many restaurants the team are willing to try different things with Game nights, Pig and Cow weeks to name but a few. It has never disappointed and the lovely touches of remembering occasions a year apart is fabulous.
A beautiful restaurant, interesting menu, delightful food and warm, friendly front of house staff. One of the best in the area, if not the whole South West London. Had the tasting menu with matching wine and it was superb, left with a full belly and a wonderful experience. I wouldn't go by the negative reviews, toptable and trip advisor reviews says it all. A MUST RESTAURANT.
I dined at Tininty with a good friend on a Friday night. The 7 course tasting menu was average overall. The scallops were outstanding and the butternut squash soup was very good. The portion of beef tartare was too big as a starter and tasted strongly of anchovies and capers. The cod dish was not very inventive, the game dish acceptable but nothing special. Staff is friendly and welcoming, but service is inconsistent. The place seems to be aiming for a Michelin Star, but is clearly not there yet. The quality is far below the wonderful Viajante and the consistently fantastic Chez Bruce. What completely spoiled our evening, however, was that the guest at the neighbouring table were basically having sex in front of all other diners. It started with snogging at the table during courses 1-3, standing up and snogging with the whole restaurant pointing fingers at them between course 4 and 5, having a full foreplay in the dining area before course 6 and disappearing to the toilets to finish the job shortly afterwards. When the head waiter came to tidy up their table I mentioned to him that I found such behaviour pretty unusual in a restaurant of Trinity's quality and was surprised that it was tolerated. However, I was told that they were paying customers and therefore could do whatever they wanted. I was stunned. My guess is that Trinity is a Clapham's secret brothel. Would not go again, neither for food nor for 'people watching'.
This Time Out reviewer clearly doesn't know what he/she is talking about. This is one of the best restaurants in south London; one of Ramsay's favourite local restaurants, and one only needs to look at toptable to see reviews from customers raving about this place. I'm not connected to Adam or Trinity, just a happy customer.
Excellent Sunday lunch with my wife and 6 year old at this sophisticated but friendly Clapham local. Menu was interesting and all the dishes chosen were superb. Three courses for £35 make this a special treat but we will definitely be back. Even russled up a gourmet fish and chips for my daughter and service was delightful. Hope the impending and overdue Michelin star means we can still get a table!
I've been going to Trinity, on and off since it opened, and have never had less than a great meal there; usually it's even better than that. For a white table cloth restaurant, the room is elegant but relaxed, and the staff are informal yet graceful and clued up. The food is consistently very good indeed, and often has the power to really blow you away. Fantastic wine list too, and the staff are always on hand to talk you through it in a completely down to earth manner. Why Trinity doesn't have a Michelin star is a constant mystery to me. I'm surprised by Time Out's recent review, I visited only a few weeks ago for Sunday lunch and it was probably the best meal I'd ever had there.
Superb meal and service. The staff were friendly and accommodating, and there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere when we went (on a Saturday night). Could not fault it!