Along the banks of the Hudson River across from Manhattan sits a town called Hoboken in New Jersey. A handful of restaurants on Sinatra Drive take advantage of the incredible views and we recently visited one called Trinity Restaurant, Bar and Lounge. On a rather warm October day, a few people sat at the outdoor tables but we opted to sit inside. We were lonely, there were no other tables seated in the restaurant on a Saturday afternoon. This should have been our first clue.
First of all, being that is a Saturday afternoon, we were presented with the brunch/lunch menu. However, our server informed us that the lunch selections were not available during brunch hours. So our hopes of having blackened Mahi Mahi or grilled tilapia were dashed. Why would you give us a menu of things we can’t order????? However, what was available was the Tavern Menu– thank goodness as the brunch menu is not brunch at all, but 100% breakfast. The tavern menu had sandwiches, salads and pizza on it…that was fine for us…but confusing as to why the lunch and brunch selections were printed and presented together but not everything was available?
Anyway, the selections were decent though again confusing. Trinity claims to be of Gaelic cuisine yet the only thing I saw on the menu that would partially qualify as Gaelic would be the Leek, Potato and Parsley soup. And it was bland. Completely lacking of flavor. Not even salt helped it. Blah.
We ordered the Spinach and Arugula salad which had roasted peas, golden raisins, spiced nuts and was topped with blue cheese dressing. Well, I can’t tell you what the roasted peas were like because our salad didn’t have any and by spiced nuts they meant spiced peanuts with an occasional pecan or almond. They must buy those canned nuts that are 90% peanuts and 10% mixed.
We were excited about the Blackened Salmon Wrap though. How bad could that be? Blackened fish with avocado, tomato and a lime-cilantro aioli. Well, the salmon wasn’t blackened and there was no avocado. Actually, what we got was a salmon salad wrap. Shredded salmon resembling canned tuna fish with tomato on a wrap. I will say this- there was a lot of salmon but I would be surprised if it wasn’t from a can.
I am just going to stop there. The service was lukewarm and scarce. There is nothing worse than having to wait an excessive amount of time for the check, especially after a bad meal. My dining companion will tell me I am being too generous in giving them even two sprouts but..well…the location is great so at least they have that going for them…..