It’s not easy to decide on where to have coffee in Echo Park these days. That’s because this enclave, roughly west of Downtown, is possibly one of the most caffeinated areas in L.A. right now. And yet, in the midst of all these coffeehouses, one place manages to stand out.
Walking into Triniti, one sees the usual barista setup,vaulted ceiliings and a few extremely attractive baked goods on display (bourbon canele, anyone?).
But then there is also fresh produce…
Well that’s because there is a chef at this coffee shop, too. The dishes emerging from the Triniti kitchen are thoughtful and frankly quite tasty. Breakfast became early lunch for me.
Buttered yam latte… Yes, I know, sooo very L.A.-sounding. This drink was also sooo soothing and very smoothly pulled. Yammy! (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist hehehe). FYI: The beans at Triniti are sourced from Tartine’s Coffee Manufactory.
Heirloom sourdough, with butter & housemade preserves… This reminded me of the delicious bread at Lodge Bread. Toothy in bite, so great when accompanied by the butter and berry preserve.
Roasted potatoes, skordalia, farm greens, shallot jam, poached egg… True to Chef Joseph Geiskopf’s pedigree (he’s spent time at Noma, Californios, Ubuntu and Destroyer), this dish is very much something one would find at one of Jordan Kahn’s restaurants: Deconstructed, and yet each part seamlessly melding into a very intentional gestalt - One of my favorite potato dishes of the moment.
Yogurt sorbet, preserved strawberry, local honey, walnut… Somehow, to me, this was most reminiscent of a slightly (and wonderfully) fermented panna cotta. Freaky, in a very good way.
Carrot & ginger slushee… Got this “to go”. Wow, this was such a great finish to a decidedly unconventional coffeeshop.
The vision at Triniti is to offer the neighborhood an all-day fine eating (yet casual) cafeteria while building around a coffeehouse vibe. I liked it, and will try to come back for more menu items in the near future.
1814 W. Sunset Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90026