I’ll admit it, I was a bit of an asshole when poo-poo’ing the Haines Brothers’ latest endeavor, but I’ve been forced to eat my words as I try to eat everything that comes out of Tre’s kitchen.
I’m telling you, the food is simply awesome, and the menu is enormous — which to me usually spells doom like at those Chinese/Korean/Italian/Barbecue joints that have 256 menu items and prefer that you just order by number — but Tre isn’t like that. (Why do i feel like I’m trying to justify dating some crappy girlfriend that none of friends or family like?)
Anyway, using a play on the name of the restaurant, each major menu item (beef, chicken, pork, etc.) is prepared in three different and distinct ways. (I thought this all just a bit precious when IÂ first heard aboutÂ it,Â but I don’t care,Â I love this kitchen and everything they do.)Â For example, if I were in the mood for lamb, I could go for an herb-crusted lamb tenderloin ($18.95) with rosemary and port wine sauce (yummy), or lamb stew ($14.95) with creme fraiche and a puff pastry topping (uber yummy), or, my personal favorite, lamb sliders ($12.95) with caramelized onions, fig jam, goat cheese, micro greens, and mango aioli (long-term care yummy).Â Seriously, the lamb sliders are extraterrestrial they’re so good.Â
Plating is comicallyÂ playful and clever, and the environs are pretty damn special.Â Here’s a little hint though, take a tour of the place first before you’re shown to your seat.Â Feel free to ask to sit in the back or front or side or, in my case, a little further away from the bar, as the vibe there is just a bit loungey.Â But, and here’s the great thing if you’re just eating, the rest of the joint is totally fun to eat at.Â TheÂ party crowd doesn’t drop by until 10 or 11, which means that us eating enthusiasts have the place to ourselves starting at 5pm.
So go.Â Eat.Â Be happy.Â Revel in my pie-in-the-face comeuppance. Just go to Tre. (Oh, I’m still not a fan of the raw bar.)
Tre-Howe & Hurley, Sacramento
Food **** Service*** Atmosphere***Â Â Â FLAVERÂ 1$= $.87