Triskele’s is located in your typical former Milwaukee corner bar located at 1801 South 3rd Street (corner of Third & Maple) in Walker’s Point. While the ambiance is similar to a neighborhood bar with lots of people inside enjoying lively conversations with friends in a casual, fun atmosphere, the similarities end there. Triskele’s is serving affordable, delicious and creative food that will satisfy pretty much anyone you bring there, even vegetarians.
The menu is divided into three sections; seafood, meat, and vegetarian, with three categories in each section: appetizer, salad/sandwich, and entrée. While many restaurants will have one or two vegetarian options, Triskele’s most current menu has 10. The menu layout took some getting used to. I found myself scanning across three sections to find what entree I wanted. Its not that confusing but different than how most menus are laid out.
I couldn’t resist their carrot ginger soup. I haven’t had many but this was probably the best I have tasted anywhere. With a strong carrot flavor balanced with the right amount of ginger and garnished with some fried parsley, it was perfect.
We ordered a couple of appetizers for our group. The Grilled Beer Brat & Andouille Sausage with Sprecher Amber Cheddar Fondue ($8.50) was a great appetizer. Everyone enjoyed dunking the juicy sausages or grilled bread into the creamy, slightly spicy fondue. The Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms ($8) offered a gourmet take on the traditional breaded mushroom. They look like any other breaded mushroom but when you bite in and that molten sharp and creamy blue cheese hits your mouth you may swear off the regular ones for life. They are served with a nice buttermilk dressing. These were spectacular but for $8 I kind of felt like you didn’t get many mushrooms. The presentation didn’t help matters as the shallow dish they were presented in was large enough it made it look like half the order had been eaten already.
I’ll confess that once had a portabello mushroom sandwich from Panera that was so greasy and disgusting that I felt ill for the rest of the day and swore off ever ordering one again, until I tasted a bite of my wife’s Wood Roasted Portobello Sandwich ($9.75) The mushroom definitely had the unmistakable flavor imparted from being cooked over hardwood. The mushroom was not greasy at all and perfectly cooked. A nice slice of fresh mozzarella was slightly melted in the mushroom cap. The pesto mayo and grilled tomatoes on top were a nice addition. The side of chili spiced fries were also pretty good.
My entrée, House Made Chicken-Fennel Sausage & Mustard Gnocchi w/Tarragon-Shallot Cream ($15) was a nice twist on gnocchi. The mustard gave the house made gnocchi a golden hue which was a nice contrast to the white, creamy sauce. It wasn’t until I was writing up this review that I realized what a brilliant idea this was. Since mustard goes with sausage, why not incorporate it into the gnocchi? Its thoughtful and creative twists that endeared me to Triskele’s. The house made sausage was excellent. So many chicken sausages are dry and kind of bland, not this one. It was very moist with a great fennel flavor. The tarragon, which has a similar, yet more subdued, flavor to fennel, was a nice way to tie the dish together.
Triskele’s offers a special tapas/small plates menu on Thursday nights and all you can eat mussels ($8) on Tuesdays. Every Friday they offer a fish fry and on the day we were there it was Lake Perch. They also have plenty of other seafood options including a Pan Fried Whitefish w/Asparagus Tempura, Fresh Ginger-Carrot Slaw & Soy-Sherry Reduction ($15.50) that I was tempted to order. Friends that tried the Prince Edward Island Mussels with Roasted Poblano Peppers, Garlic & White Wine ($8.00) seemed very happy with that appetizer, as well as the salad of Field Greens with Grilled Shrimp, Spiced Pepitas & Mango-Lime Vinaigrette (Small $9.00/Large $13.50).
With food this good at an affordable price point its no wonder the place was crowded. I am certain that I will be returning here often. Triskele’s is located at 1801 S. 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Phone: 414-837-5950. http://www.triskelesrestaurant.com/ . Reservations are recommended.