To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun for my partner and I to sample items off of Trina’s new menu. The restaurant, located at the beautiful Atlantic Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach is a wonderful setting for a romantic evening any day of the week.

Our gracious host José was kind enough to offer us a Valentine’s Day menu containing selections from Trina’s new menu. For starters, we chose the Borata Mozzarella, a dish containing fresh mozzarella cheese, heirloom tomatoes, watermelon and mango, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The cheese, of course, was the highlight of the dish. It is creamier than traditional mozzarella. The aged balsamic and accompanying fruit gave the dish added flavor.

For our second starter, we decided on the Calamari Corn Fritters. Not knowing what to expect, we received a dish

containing delicious fried calamari along with a few corn fritters. Both were served with a sweet and sour chili sauce. The calamari was tender and plentiful, while the corn fritters were a bit under seasoned for our liking. The chili sauce didn’t do much for the fritters either, although it was a welcomed addition to the calamari. On my next visit, I really want to try the Arugula Salad, with candied walnuts, dates, manchego cheese and granny smith apples.

As we sat on Trina’s patio, we listened to the sounds of the ocean as we waited for our entrées to arrive. I opted for the Lobster Rigatoni, a hardy serving of rigatoni, complete with lobster, artichokes, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella tossed in a light white wine sauce. We both liked this dish very much, although it did need a touch of grated parmesan. Okay, I’m Italian…everything tastes better with cheese. The inclusion of lobster was a nice twist to this traditional Italian dish.

Our second entrée was the Crispy Roasted Mahogany Duck, a duck leg confit stuffed with homemade corn bread and sautéed rare duck breast. Both were served with a huckleberry peppercorn sauce. Duck is a very hard dish to prepare, but Trina nailed it. The duck was tender and juicy and the skin was crispy, just the way I like it. The corn bread stuffing added an interesting component to the dish, while the huckleberry peppercorn sauce accented the wonderful flavor of the duck.

To wrap up our wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner, we decided to try both of the new dessert items being added to the menu. The first is Gateau Marjolein, a hazelnut cake served with white and milk chocolate mousses accompanied by raspberries and strawberries. The second item was the Tropical Pineapple Upside-down Cheesecake. Although both selections were good, neither were as memorable as the entrées.

I would definitely visit Trina if you are looking for an enjoyable alfresco dining experience.

Atlantic Hotel
601 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale
(954) 567-8020