Back in Feb 2009, I read a post by MGZ in this board, narrating his birthday dinner in Trinity, the piece was very well written. My husband grew up in Middletown NJ and he was a bit skeptical about a great restaurant in Keyport but after checking out their website, he thought that the restaurant was previously a church kind aroused his interest and we also thought that it would be a great place to have our anniversary dinner.
We made a reservation for an early dinner yesterday at 5:00pm since we were there a bit early, thus we decided to have a little refreshment at the bar. My husband is staying away from alcohol and he got the non alcoholic beverage; while I got a very refreshing cocktail with strawberry, mint, gin…actually I really did not know what was in there, only that it tasted really great! We were kind of shooting the breeze with the very outgoing bartender….telling him how we found out the place through Chowhound and little did we know that were talking to ChefMD at the time!(He was taking over the bar since there were some problems with the schedule for Easter and nobody was there for dinner yet since it was before 5:00pm at the time!)
As we are trying to be a bit healthier with our diet, ChefMD advised us some of the dishes and he shared us that he tries to get fresh local produce…The recommendation of soft shelf crab surely won me over! I got the soft shelf crab as my appetizer, it was very well seasoned, despite it was fried, it was not greasy at all, actually, quite light and the taste of the soft shelf crab came through. The mushroom and the greens that went with the crab was perfect choice. The lemon grass foam, added a different level of texture to the dish and I really enjoyed it. My husband had the spinach salad with apple, candied walnuts, goat cheese and the blackberry champagne vinaigrette; it was a simple dish but the ingredients complimented each other and he liked the dressing a lot. After our appetizers, our server placed a really nicely decorated plate, with "Happy Anniversary" written with chocolate(that was really thoughtful!) and on it were two shooter glasses with the palate cleansers, I can surely take that as a dessert. It was refreshing and prepared as for our main course. I had the prime 14 oz pork chop(served with a special BBQ butter) with macaroni and cheese, sautéed vegetables…the serving was very generous and the pork was so tender and juicy, the BBQ butter enhanced the favor of the pork, it was just hard to describe with words. The macaroni was perfectly baked, crunchy on the top and so much cheesy goodness in the middle! I am surely not as healthy as my husband since he ordered the Tuna. The presentation of the Tuna looked great, my husband loved it raw, he chose to have the tuna just seared, there were two different sauces with the tuna, one was a red sauce the other was green, the green one seemed to be a wasabi sauce which there was a bit of a smokey favor for the red sauce, I just had a bite and it was very fresh! I was able to only finish half of my plate since the portion was so generous and I had some bread before the appetizer too.(Besides, I wanted to leave space for dessert!) One thing I have to say about my experience with restaurants, if the bread is good, it is usually a great indicator for quality of the food. The bread was tasty and warm in Trinity! We topped off our meal, sharing a dessert called Chocolate Anonymous, it came with a warm chocolate mint cake, chocolate mousse and there were barks of chocolates…the presentation was very nice and they tasted even better! (actually, I had taken picture of them and I will try and put them on the site later! I do not have the camera with me right now since I am at work, taking my lunch break!)
Prior to our visit to Trinity, I had read very positive reviews about the food but not so great feedback on the service but I have to say that we had a wonderful experience. The food is really delicious, our server Michael(I was joking that one has to be name Michael to be working in Trinity since the chef has the same first name!) was very attentive, friendly and truly professional. I have been to places in Central Jersey where the food is not bad but the servers were just not professional, just very loud but definitely not Michael!
After we finished our dinner, we checked out the whole place, the second level of the restaurant was nice, overlooking the main floor, and the basement of the place was very roomy with big screen TV….we were told that the restaurant is serving lunch now in the basement during weekdays.
We had a great time yesterday, the food was really divine(great visual and taste), the service was wonderful and ChefMD was a great guy! It surely was one of the best dining experiences I had in Central Jersey! By the way, I got up earlier to get on the treadmill to burn off my dessert but it is totally worth while….We will surely come back!
84 Broad St, Keyport, NJ 07735