Restaurant Trokay Just Upped the Ante. Big Time.

February 22, 2013

Restaurant Trokay Just Upped the Ante. Big Time.

©Nicholas Rab

©Nicholas Rab

©Nicholas Rab

The Maine Lobster Roll with side of fries

Man, I don’t even want to tell you how fantastic the new Restaurant Trokay is, because once word gets out, it’s going to be impossible to get a table. Those in the know have already filled the reservation book every night since it opened. And why wouldn’t they – Trokay brings a cosmopolitan dining experience to Truckee that our town hasn’t seen in years.

Other than the huge wooden beams and stone wall, there is little of the former OB’s to be found. Owners John and Nyna Weatherson did an amazing job with the interior, creating a big-city ambiance accented with local artificats that pay homage to Truckee and its history. The restaurant is warm, inviting, fresh, comfortable, and chic – a lot like its food.

My husband and I stopped in for lunch yesterday, and it was so great I rounded up my girlfriends for a ladies lunch today. The lunch menu is fantastic, full of delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches. Favorites around the table included the Lobster Roll, the Croque Monsieur, the Tomato Bisque, and the “Cashew on a Hot Tin Roof” (you’ll have to check that one out yourself). And the best thing? The menu is surprisingly affordable. Most sandwiches are less expensive than those at comparable restaurants around town.

And that’s just lunch. I can’t wait to go back for dinner. I’m sure all the foodies out there will rave about the amazing things Chef John is doing with molecular gastronomy, but I’m just psyched they have an entire vegetarian menu. Yep, that’s right: an ENTIRE menu, including seven vegetarian entrees, a four-course vegetarian tasting menu, and a ten-course vegetarian chef’s tasting menu. For those not of the veggie persuasion, I’m sure there is plenty on the regular menu that will make you drool.

Yep, there is definitely a new star in Truckee. Mark my words, the Weathersons have put Trokay on the gourmet dining map, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we start seeing mentions and articles in national travel and food magazines very soon. It’s kinda like Mark Estee all over again, but maybe even bigger. Read their pedigrees, and you’ll see why. So, get in there now so you can say that you knew Trokay back in the early days.  Oh, but be sure to make a reservation. Word is already getting out.

Restaurant Trokay, 10046 Donner Pass Road, (530) 582-1040, www.restauranttrokay.com

All photos are copyright of my fabulously talented husband, Nicholas Rab. Please request permission prior to using.

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