Trumbull Kitchen

By Dane Feldman

Photo by Dane Feldman.

I mentioned in this week’s Thirsty Thursday post that I was out of town for the weekend. In fact, I was in Hartford, CT, which surprisingly enough has become a secret food destination for me. Trumbull Kitchen, at 150 Trumbull Street, is one of the reasons why.

The food
I have now been to Trumbull Kitchen a small handful of times and the menu continues to surprise me. The dinner menu offers a combination of new wave American and Asian fusion, but there is also a lunch menu, a happy hour tapas menu, a mid-day menu, a gluten free menu, and a dessert menu.

During my most recent dining experience at Trumbull Kitchen, I ate rock shrimp and sweet potato fritters with nuoc cham (a Vietnamese dipping sauce), dragon roll: eel, avocado, shrimp tempura, and kabayaki sauce, beef carpaccio with soy gelee and pickled daikon.

Aside from the fact that Trumbull Kitchen’s chefs do a fantastic job with flavor pairings, it should also be noted that the ability to pair such drastically different dishes with ease is no small feat. My dinner date and I chose to stick closely to the Asian-inspired dishes (as we often do), but we could have just as easily had fondue, crab cakes, duck, or burgers. Even with all of these options, I’ve still only grazed the surface of Trumbull Kitchen’s menu. Did I mention there’s also stone pizza pies, hangar steak, filet mignon, and pad thai?

The drinks
Trumbull Kitchen boasts an impressive list of cocktails ranging from the Sazerac, to the Bloody Mary, to their own personally curated drinks, but because I had earlier consumed mimosas I stuck with the classic Moscow Mule made with Russian Standard Vodka. I certainly cannot complain as it was damn near perfect and not too gingery, which can sometimes deter me.

If cocktails aren’t for you, Trumbull Kitchen also has a rather expansive wine selection (including champagne), sake, and beer.

The restaurant also offers coffee and serves a mean cappuccino that comes with brown sugar cubes instead of sugar packets.

The service/ambience
The space is large, but multiple sections keep the restaurant feeling cozy and intimate rather than open. The waitstaff is friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. If not for the two and a half hour drive from NYC, I’d be dining at Trumbull Kitchen far more often.