This past Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting a group of fellow foodies for brunch at the new Tre Trattoria Downtown, now occupying the space that literally two days prior was Insignia Restaurant. Chef Jason Dady teased his tweeps for those 48 hours, finally letting the cat out of the bag less than 24 hours prior to opening. Yes, sadly, Insignia is no longer. No worries. While the lunch and dinner menus are dramatically different and reflect those currently served quite successfully at the original Tre location at The Boardwalk on Broadway, the brunch menu at Tre D (as I’m calling it) thankfully is only slightly more than a logo change.
What remains unchanged is the marvelous mimosa menu, which truth be told, is really why we are here. First two mimosas are $1.00, which is great since you will want to try more than one of the creative choices. You also will still see the signature salmon dish (cooked beautifully as ever), the delicious blue crab and cream cheese stuffed crepes, breakfast pizzas, frittatas featuring seasonal ingredients, and the traditional Texas breakfast of steak and eggs that Tre elevates by serving a filet with hollandaise.
As expected, there are some new faces on the menu. Notably, the Breakfast Panini which features all the elements of breakfast: a potato latke, a fried egg – yolk dripping golden goodness, crispy chopped bacon glazed with maple syrup, all on a grilled English muffin. Breakfast in a bite, every bite. In theory, this should work. Really work. I practically eat my breakfast this way, anyway. A bit of this, a bit of that, all vying for position on my fork, then dipped in a bit of maple syrup. Yum! But this didn’t quite make it for me. With a touch too much maple syrup, the sweetness overpowered the dish. I wanted more salt. I mean…I am sure it was there, just buried…deep. And crunch. The English muffin was on the soft side; unfortunately so were many of the other elements on the sandwich. I prefer the hard edges of a really toasty English muffin. For me this difference would have made the Panini much better, adding some textural variety my mouth craved.
Another new item on the menu is the Mascarpone Polenta topped with a fried egg. While I did not have a taste, it looked fabulously creamy and surprisingly hardy. My friend enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to trying this dish out at a future foodie brunch.
Given what seems like a Clark Kent fast transformation, I could be slightly skeptical. However, with its highly regarded signature Tuscan food, Tre Trattoria is a proven brand. Add a laudable brunch, with a strong following, and I can only anticipate that Tre Trattoria Downtown will do superbly.