Tucked away in the leafy Lodhi Colony, Tres is a hidden gem that has been serving exquisite European and Italian dishes for over a decade. The brainchild of Chef Jatin Mallick and Chef Julia Carmen Desa who together have created a menu that showcases the best of seasonal and local ingredients, cooked with flair and finesse. Since its inception, Tres has stood as a beacon of exceptional dining, delighting patrons with its remarkable food, impeccable service, and unforgettable experiences. As I entered the doors, a sense of anticipation filled the air, knowing that I was about to embark on a gastronomic journey unlike any other.
A Timeless Charm
Tres exudes a timeless charm that immediately captures your attention. Tres’ decor is a blend of modern and rustic elements, creating a cosy and chic atmosphere. The blocked floors, leather chairs and soft lighting create a warm and inviting feel, while the metal accents and contemporary art pieces add a touch of edginess and sophistication. The bar is a stylish and sleek space, where you can sip on your favourite drinks and enjoy the lively music. The private dining room is a perfect spot for intimate gatherings, with a long marble-top table, elegant decor and stunning sliding glass doors. Tres’ decor reflects its personality: elegant, refined, and charming.
The restaurant hums with the sound of laughter and animated conversations, creating a lively energy that is infectious. Whether you’re enjoying a meal with friends, having a romantic dinner, or simply seeking a place to unwind, Tres offers a welcoming and engaging ambience that sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. The attentive staff adds to the overall warmth, ensuring that every moment at Tres is infused with genuine hospitality.
A Gastronomic Adventure
With the introduction of its innovative summer menu, Tres continues to push the boundaries of culinary creativity. Spearheaded by the talented duo of Julia Carmen De Sa and Jatin Mallick, the menu showcases their mastery of global contemporary flavours.
As I perused the menu, I couldn’t help but be captivated by the range of flavours and textures that awaited me. From vibrant salads to hearty main courses, each dish showcases the unique characteristics of the seasonal ingredients. Start your culinary exploration with Tres’s selection of refreshing salads. The Salad of Avocado and Moringa immediately caught my attention. The combination of creamy avocado, sweet-sour mangoes, onions, grapes, roasted mango gel, and curry granola created a symphony of flavours. Each bite offered a delightful balance of textures and a refreshing burst of summer.
Seafood lovers are in for a treat with Tres’s seafood creations. The Seared Scallops with wasabi potato sour cream stole the spotlight. The perfectly seared scallops were complemented by the butterhead lettuce and pumpkin seed-cranberry salsa, adding a burst of freshness and complexity to the dish. Equally impressive was the Butter Garlic Sous Vide Calamari, with its tender calamari paired with avocados, cardamom-kaffir lime roasted mango gel, pickled mango, and puffed wild rice. The combination of flavours was truly incredible.
Another dish that left a lasting impression was the Sizzling Himalayan Trout. The trout, seasoned with a timur berry rub, was cooked to perfection. The accompanying snow peas and watermelon kimchi salad added a refreshing contrast of textures and flavours. This dish was a testament to Tres’s ability to harmonize diverse elements into a symphony of flavours that danced on the palate.
Tres has gone above and beyond to cater to vegetarians. The Pan Roasted Zucchini caught my eye with its hazelnut romesco, pomegranate, pickled onions, scallions, roasted wheat puffs, and kokum salt. This dish proved that vegetarian cuisine can be just as exciting and flavourful as its meat counterparts. Each element worked harmoniously together, resulting in a dish that was both satisfying and innovative.
The bar at Tres is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts, boasting a menu that showcases creative concoctions. From the moment the drink is placed before you, you know that you’re about to embark on a sensory journey. The Lodi G & T stands out with its unique combination of house-made lemongrass cordial and strawberry galangal bitters. The result is a refreshing and invigorating drink that tantalizes the taste buds. For those seeking a fruity twist, the Jamun ‘java plum’ Margarita is a must-try. Made with homemade jamun syrup and tequila, it offers a burst of tropical flavours that transport you to sun-soaked beaches.
Cooling Non-Alcoholic Options
If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, try the Watermelon Cooler. With its crisp and thirst-quenching taste, this drink is the perfect companion on a hot summer day. For a zesty and invigorating choice, try the Lemongrass and Kaffir Lime beverage. It offers a harmonious blend of citrusy and herbal notes, providing a delightful respite from the heat.
A Sweet Finale
No meal is complete without a delectable dessert, and Tres’s Mango Passionfruit Tart steals the show. This master creation is a symphony of flavours and textures. The mango thyme pastry cream provides a luscious base, while the coconut kaffir lime cremeux adds a creamy and tangy element. The fresh coconut jelly and mango ice cream complete this dessert masterpiece, leaving you with a sense of sweet satisfaction.
Tres is not just a restaurant, it’s an experience. It’s a place where you can enjoy a memorable meal with your loved ones or celebrate a special occasion with style. From the very first bite to the last, its menu promises a journey of culinary delights. Whether you’re a seafood lover, a vegetarian enthusiast, or simply looking for a refreshing drink to cool you down, Tres has something to satisfy every craving. Tres earns an impressive rating of 4.5 out of 5!