Lively jazz, beautiful colonial architecture, and incredible food are what New Orleans is famous for. Unfortunately, Louisiana is a little far from Madrid for a long weekend away, but a place that is right here is Trikki. Lovingly run by New Orleans native, Yuliet and her husband Rod, it is the place to go for traditional Creole and Cajun cuisine.
Trikki’s decor of exposed brick, drums hanging from the ceiling, and a bar draped in colourful Mardi Gras beads make you feel like you have stepped right into the cozy restaurants of the French Quarter. Cool jazz plays in the background as you settle in and begin the difficult task of deciding what to eat.
What makes Trikki so special is that everything is homemade, using authentic recipes. All of the southern favourites can be found here – gumbo, jambalaya, and Cajun shrimp. The star of the show seems to be the fried green tomatoes, as I saw those coming out from the kitchen regularly. New Orleans is also famous for their po’boys – large sandwiches filled with meat or seafood – and the ones at Trikki are amazing. I tried the po’boy Forrest Gump which was filled with Cajun battered prawns and topped with their delicious spicy aioli. Never one to say no to fried dough, I ended my meal with a serving of warm beignets sprinkled with powder sugar. Yum.
If you’re longing for a taste of the South and for something a little different in Madrid, Trikki is your place.