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We had a very nice meal last night at Triomphe. My wife and I ate in the small bar area in a very comfortable large booth.
As we sat we were served tap water per our directive, declining bottled and sparkling and quickly were served some bread and butter.
But this was no ordinary bread - nor was it the customary Triomphe large white roll - it was a mini pumpkin loaf that was hot and chewy and sweet that just melted in our mouthes.
We are butter FIENDS and neither of us even touched the large pat sitting between us as we enjoyed this really fun and delicious treat.
Cocktails arrived in large Martini glasses and we ordered two salads - the baby iceberg and the special frisee salad - and two entrees, the salmon special and the chicken from the regular menu.
Salads werre wonderful, the frisee was surrounded by crisp green beans and covered with vinegar sauteed shallots; the iceburg had a creamy bacon flavored dressing and the little iceburge cups were filled with baby peas....mmmm bacon, cream, peas and crisp lettuce, could have been a disaster and hugely overdone, but actually was subtle and sensitive, a delicate version of a steak house wedge salad...very nicely done
The server came and delivered two overly tall white wine glasses of which the bartender then poured a hefty amount of a white burgandy, I forget the winemaker or vintage but it was crisp, had a bit of a citrus kick and had just the right amount of acidity for our chicken/salmon dishes to come - $15 per glass.
The main courses were tremendous, the salmon grilled to a crispy outside and cooked all the way through to a bright pinkish orange center. The seasoning was salty and it matched well with the crunchy grilled edges and the sweetness of the salmon meat. Wild rice pilaf and garlicky spinach abutted the fish on the plate. I ate every morsel.
The chicken was roasted to an intensely high temperature, had a great crunchy skin that married well with the brussel sprouts and creamy au just mixture that made this dish a winner!
Too full for desert, had a quick cappacino and we were off, we left $150 to cover our bill - tax and generous tip included.
We have always liked this tiny restaurant but were impressed by the service and the attention to detail of the food presentation. Glad to see it is still going strong after all of these years!
49 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
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