With Palm Springs slowly re-opening after some initial premature false starts, the time had come for my husband and I to put our proverbial toes in the water and see what dining out in a global pandemic was all about. I have written about how eating out is one of my greatest pleasures in life, and it is time I learned how to as Auntie Mame would say “live, live, LIVE”.
The first thing you will notice when dining at Trio is that they have used one side of the menu to describe what they are doing to keep you safe. The comprehensive list explains to locals and tourists what they should expect when dining out in the COVID era. I found this very reassuring, and for people visiting from out of town who may or may not know the Palm Springs specific rules, I think it is very helpful.
Because I wanted to eat things that I could not prepare at home, we started with one of my favorite dishes at Trio: Salt and Pepper Calamari, crispy and chewy just the way I like them. With a sweet chili ponzu sauce, this is always a hit. I also love the Trio Wedge Salad. Iceberg lettuce serves as the perfect vehicle for transporting the tart and funky gorgonzola, bright red onions, crisp bacon and creamy dressing from the plate to my mouth.
My husband had the seafood fettuccine. Hunks of main lobster and Baja shrimp melded delightfully with the earthy bitterness of the asparagus all in a light tomato cream sauce over a pile of perfectly cooked fettuccini noodles.
I had been craving scallops, and Trio’s did not disappoint. Four plump, perfectly seared scallops over a rich and silky corn puree were just what I needed. Salty, pillowy and crisp fingerling potatoes along with crunchy pancetta gave this dish depth, richness and tons of umami. This dish was everything I could have hoped for.
If you are not feeling like seafood, the Trio burger is always a favorite. Juicy and delicious with a brioche bun and crispy French Fries. Who doesn’t love a good burger? Feel like sticking to all vegetables? Trio has partnered with CV Harvest Box to bring boxes of fresh produce to Coachella Valley during the pandemic. Each week the chefs create a new dish based on what is fresh and in season. This is a great way for restaurants and the public to support our local farmers.
Trio was a wonderful way to reengage with dining out for me. The staff, attention to detail and exquisite food made me feel like eating out, although different then before, can start to become part of my new normal.
Trio Palm Springs
707 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm – 11pm
Saturday: 8am – 11 pm
Sunday: 8am – 10 pm