Black Trumpet, located in Waukesha’s Clark Hotel, has an elegant
patina. The well-trained staff will park your car, take your coat,
pull out your chair and give you an informed tour of the menu.
The hotel and restaurant, located in a historic building in the
heart of downtown Waukesha, opened in December. During our visit, the
greeter escorted us through the bar, past a fireplace nook with
inviting couches and delivered us to a server who took us to the best
seat in the house.
We took our time choosing entrées from the lunch menu. "These
are hard decisions," my friend said. I narrowed it down to three:
the Chicken Artichoke and Asparagus Sandwich, the Lobster BLT and the
Chef Salad. I pointed to the Cuban Monte Cristo. "Let’s see if
they can get it right," I said, as there’s always an issue with
the sandwich when I order it at other restaurants.
My friend sampled the Five Lily Cream Soup, a house favorite, with
five kinds of onions — roasted, pureed and served with a chive
garnish. "It’s mild," she said, "but the flavor
Her Chef Salad, an unusual combination of chili-roasted pork and
confit of rabbit, came with a mild Green Goddess dressing — an ideal
complement to the strong flavors. The Monte Cristo surpassed my
expectations; deep fried, and filled with pork, ham and cheese, it
oozed flavor in every bite. Our server told us, "The chef
combines butter, whole eggs and cream to make the crisp coating on the
sandwich." It came with a "shooter," or a small cup of
thick and spicy gazpacho.
The menu moves upmarket at dinner with á la carte appetizers, soup
and salads, along with an impressive list of entrées, such as lobster
served with parsnip polenta and mushroom stew or pheasant with
pancetta and white bean ragout.
On Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Black Trumpet serves a
superstar all-inclusive, four-course brunch menu. Every meal starts
with house-made pastries, then moves on to the first course, perhaps
Baked Brie En Croute with a poached pear. Next a Caprese Omelet may be
served, followed by something like bread pudding with dark cherry
merlot sauce or Bananas Foster Profiteroles with spiced rum chocolate
Yes, we loved The Black Trumpet — and yes, we shall return.
»The Black Trumpet
Located in the The Clark Hotel
314 Main St., Waukesha