As I was walking up to the Cafe Trio door for lunch today, I wondered to myself why they repeated the word “Cafe” three times. Was it some Hebrew thing where if you repeat a word 3 times, it adds maximum emphasis like “Verily, Verily, Verily I say unto you”? Or was it like Dorothy clicking the ruby slippers three times and repeating the words “There’s no place like home” over and over. Oooooorrrrrr, was it because the Cafe is called Trio which is a word meaning “Three”. A-ha! I think I figured it out just now while typing this review!
I immediately became a fan of the inside of Cafe Trio. I kinda reminded me of a place that would be really cool to play a fetching game of “Hide and Go Seek” in. There were lots of little and big areas separated by pillars and walls yet didn’t make me feel claustrophobic or closed in. It certainly was conducive for the business lunch crowd that certainly comes from the nearby Old Mill corporate center everyday. Trio is decorated nicely without overdoing it. They had some 70′s music going in the background, and one particular song came on that was a little louder than the others. A few seconds into the song I could tell someone must have noticed this and went and adjusted the volume a bit. A nice touch and a great atmosphere.
I also got the feeling of a team approach to my service. I had a hostess that immediately sat me at a small table built for two. I was approached by my waitress no more than a minute later. Even during the hustle and bustle of the lunch hour, I was attended to very well. There was another gentleman not assigned to my table that topped my water off, and a nice lady that I assumed to be the manager came by my table to ask my how my lunch was. The Trio service seemed to strike the right balance with me, of letting me eat my lunch and play on my smart-phone, while not bearing down on me at every second. Well done Trio.
When looking at the menu, my first instinct was to try the pasta, that was until the waitress so elegantly described the cauliflower soup and all the delicious tasting ingredients inside with the caveat that if I ordered a sandwich or panini, I could get the soup included as a side item. This cauliflower soup was delicious and could give any soup at nearby Cafe Zuppas a run for its money. My waitress even ground some fresh cracked pepper right into my soup. It was excellent. I recall it having some cheese inside, but was mixed in well enough where it didn’t clump or taste too powerful. The soup was definitely cream based, everything tasted so good!
I went with the house cured corned beef. What sold me on this choice was what was described in the menu as containing “apple-fennel slaw, prima donna cheese, mustard aioli, all on ciabatta” How can you turn down a sandwich with all those ingredients? The thing I loved the most about the sandwich was how juicy it was. The slaw definitely gave the sandwich a nice touch and played well with the corned beef. It was a little party in my mouth. (okay that comment was a little weird)
I really did have intentions to keep my lunch at the $10 dollar price tag, but that was until my waitress threw a dessert menu in front of me. I thought that my review could definitely use at least one more picture so I went with the olive oil cake. If there is one thing I’m a fan of, it is “unique”. I’ve never seen anything described as an olive oil cake. I made my choice and think my waitress got more excited than I was, as if I had gotten the final answer correct in “Who wants to be a Millionaire?” She assured me I was going to love it, and she was right. I would describe the cake as a caterpillar pound cake that went through a metamorphosis and became a butterfly. The first question I wanted answered when I took my first bite was “Why did they call this olive oil cake?” I answered that question, but immediately after my second thought was “I can’t believe I’m eating something so delicious!” I’m really glad Trio went with a black cherry compote and not just a bunch of maraschino cherries. It was a delicious combination.
I loved Trio, I loved Trio, I loved Trio. There I said it three times. I WILL be back for perhaps some pasta, and let’s be honest, some more tasty dessert like the creme brulee or tollhouse pie.