The Tripel, a cozy gastro pub on Culver Blvd is the sister property to Hudson House here in Redondo Beach. I enjoyed Hudson House so much that I knew I had to try the new restaurant.
The Tripel is a small restaurant with many communal tables and of course, a bar. The scene is dimly lit, the ceiling is exposed, and brown is the dominant color, giving a warm fee. The chalkboard above the beer taps displays the beers they carry, as well as their origin. There’s quite a variety, thankfully the staff was very knowledgeable and helped narrow it down.
The menu was just the right size, offering many tapa portions as well as burgers, sandwiches, and desserts.
We started off with some sweet potato tots. The minute I saw that there were tater tots on the menu, I admittedly got very excited. I don’t know anyone who could refuse these. The tots were crispy on the outside but still very moist on the inside. The tots came with two homemade dipping sauces, one a bit spicy, the other tangy. All in all very addictive.
The pretzel burger was different than the one at Hudson House, so it was good to give it a try. The juicy burger was accompanied by the mild cheese and the crunchy slaw which gave the burger the boost of flavor that it needed.
Call it risky, unique, or harkening to the beach. No matter what, the po boy was a nice addition to the menu. The calamari was lightly breaded, the sauce wasn’t too spicy. The bread was very chewy. It made for a very good sandwich, a Californian take on a New Orleans staple if you will.
We finished the evening with grilled cibattini bread, generously spread with nutella, and topped with strawberries and pistachios. I loved that this dessert was very light. It didn’t go overboard, didn’t bring any guilt. The sweet strawberries, nutella, and crunchy bread were a nice way to end the night.
I enjoyed my time at The Tripel and will most definitely be back to try more of the menu very soon.
What are your favorite gastropubs?