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Tria report (long)

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Tria report (long)

JugglerDave | May 13, 2004 09:39 PM

The Bride & I just enjoyed a wonderful light "dinner" at Tria, the new high concept "fermented things" (beer, wine, and cheese) place at 18th & Sansom. Summary is that everything was delicious, we enjoyed it, and will return. But it's probably not for everyone.

Beer: A list of 15 or so beers, maybe 5 of which are draft and the rest are bottles. I had a "Lancaster 4 grain pale ale" ($4.50) which was very nice. Some of the listings were Belgian but most seemed domestic craft beers. Range was $4.50 - $7.

Wine: Also about 15 selections. If not actually sourced from Moore Brothers, most of the selections seem to be available there. The Bride had "Masia M. Casenove" which she pronounced delicious. Glass was $7; most bottles were around $35.

Cheese: Clearly the highlight for us. Menu has yet again about 15 selections, divided into categories with 2 or 3 in each category. The categories were descriptive like "Stinky", "Mild", "Earthy", etc. Really, divided into goat cheese, soft ripened (e.g. camembert), hard cheeses, bleu. We had a selection of 3: La Serena (Spanish), Pyrenees Brebis (French), and Point Reyes Blue (California or Vermont, can't remember). Menu says cheeses sourced from Murry's in NYC.

You can pick as many or as few as you want; they are priced individually. Ours were $5.50 each. The three came on a wood board with 4 pieces of bread, a fantastic pear-vinegar compote, and clover honey. The portions were *not* large. However, the restaurant concentrates on hard to find or unique cheeses with lots of flavor, so it's not too bad. Personally I would have liked either a bit more cheese or pricing such as $5 for one, $9 for two, $12 for three, etc. However, they were all good and unique and certainly while not a bargain not totally out of line for the quality and presentation (perfect room temperature).

Food menu: Their food menu has Bruchettas; maybe 6 selections ($3), appetizers and salads ($6-10), and sandwiches (around $7), as well as a few desserts for $4.

Bride had the vegetarian antipasto ($6.50) which was a good size for one person with perhaps 6-8 different roasted and/or marinated veggies. She really liked the plate, even the fennel which she normally doesn't like.

I had an italian "three meat" sandwich ($7) with roasted red peppers and more cheese (yay), on very good bread and served with a small side of greens.

Service: Overall very good and knowledgeable, not rushed, and professional.

Space: Bistro-ish. The bar seats perhaps 10-15 people and there are maybe another 10 2-person tables in the place. Dark wood and pleasant, and a nice use of the old Alaska Ice Cream place.

Summary: $50 plus tip for 3 cheese plate, 2 beers and a glass of wine, sandwich, and antipasto. We enjoyed it with the opportunity to sample unique items that are obviously selected with care.

-=$>Dave<$=-

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