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Trotter's in White Plains Report - Long

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Trotter's in White Plains Report - Long

Jkos | May 18, 2004 09:10 AM

I had seen a posting a few months back on Chowhound about Trotter's, and put it on my list as a must try. I finally went this weekend, and was delighted by the offerings, although the meal was not cheap. The restaurant is definitely going for a NYC chic set up, but with interesting fountains, doors open to the street and assorted couches and leather chairs, the bar area provides a very relaxed seating area to transition before your meal. Drinks are good, albeit not cheap, and they are developing the ubiquitous martini menu at the present time. One complaint was while they have a strong wine list, that the beer offerings were put together without any thought.

Although we arrived on time for our reservation, they made a mistake with my reservation and we were thus forced to wait about 20 minutes. During this time, however, they brought out to us plates of wonderful aged cheese (I believe a Manchego) and thin slices of cured sausage. Unlike many of the Westchester offerings, they seem to understand service at Trotter's.

We were seated in the back room, a bit more formal than the front room, and despite a large birthday party in the room the noise was very manageable. Service throughout the meal was sharp. I started with a terrific Ceasar salad (I was craving a standard after that cheese), while my wife had a beet salad with the beet slices stacked like a log cabin. Both salads were extremely well-flavored, my Ceasar well dosed with both anchovy paste and anchovies. All servings were quite large, so with the starters I was getting stuffed halfway through the entree but pressed on. I had an interesting dish called chicken three ways (pan-fried, braised and slow-roasted) over a bed of broccoli rabe and garlic. Although the chef used a heavy hand with the pepper, I was intrigued by the flavors of each method and the dish was divine (I admittedly order little chicken in fine restaurants but had too much fish/steak that week already). My wife, on the other hand, had an enormous and delicious veal chop that came with a chinese takeout container of fresh potato chips. I got to taste plenty of those.

With little room for dessert, we took a pass opting instead for some tea from a long list of fresh offerings. It is amazing how few restaurants put any attention to teas, but Trotter's knows their stuff with a fine array of teas served in its own pots. At the end of the meal, we were left with a baggy of hot white chocolate scones to take home for breakfast. Unfortunately, they smelled too good to make it through the ride home. An outrageous way to end a meal like this, and confirming that this will be added to my short list of regular restaurants. I don't know how long Trotter's has been around, but I am delighted by this addition to White Plains.

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