I am almost embarrassed to write this review because Trafalgar's has a very strong consistency in its revviews. I was expecting just a little bit more as far as the food which turned out to be a BIG hit in some things and ok to bad in others.
For DOV with a table of 4 we had for starters, 3 scallops and 1 meatballs. I did not try the meatballs, but my wife who, strangely, doesn't like pork very much, decided to order it anyway. I can't really say good or bad about the meatballs especially considering her bias against pork in general.
The scallops though were NOT good. It's my fault that I did not say anything to the staff, but the scallops were most definitely undercooked. The portion size is 2 scallops on a cauliflower puree I think. My scallops were seared like you would tuna, but raw inside. Mother in law had the same issue and I presume without knowing that they might prepare these in larger quantities than normal because of DOV. Maybe it was intentional, but I've never had scallops rawish (rubbery and translucent color and texture inside) unless it was at a sushi restaurant.
For mains, we had steelhead, 2 mushroom risottos and 1 tuna. Steelhead was very good. The risotto was liked by everyone, but a bit too much of a sharp cheese taste that seemed to cover the mushroom flavor a bit. I ate mushroom risotto for lunch at cru the day before and, to my taste was better.
The tuna entree was not good. I don't turn back hardly ever, but the tuna had a bit too much of a fishy taste to it. Not quite fresh, so I did have it returned. i should say reluctantly, because the kale potato chorizo and tomato sauce was sooo good. I switched to the beef pappardelle (sic) and it was excellent. meat fell apart with a fork and good portion size.
For dessert, we had chocolate ganache cake, passion fruit flan and 2 creme brulees. The brulees were awesome. the ganache was very good if not excellent. The passion fruit flan was out of sight sublime and my sister in law, who ordered it, raved to the waitress and the man managing the floor (owner?) while leaving we were trying to figure out the logistics of driving to sweet obsessions just to order it again.
Service was very attentive. Water glasses refilled frequently, but not suffocating. They told us 1 hr 45 minutes to turn the table when I made reservation whereas the high top tables did not have this restriction. I think that is quite fine considering DOV and appreciated the forewarning with option to choose.
In summary, I can't wait to go back to try Trafalgar's again for non-DOV dining. I will make any due modification to my review then and I think it will improve.