New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

23:22 May 24, 2016

Trinity Restaurant is now open.  A long time in the works, the new restaurant has very recently opened on Lower Decatur Street in the old Maximo’s location. But when there’s a new restaurant in town in a town already saturated with amazing restaurants, what makes this one destined to be a success? With the proper combo of nice atmosphere (the place underwent a million-dollar renovation), a talented chef (Michael Isolani of Bouligny Tavern), an impressively delicious menu “drawing from the multiple cultural influences that define New Orleans cuisine”, and a large marble bar where guests can order unique and easily drinkable cocktails dreamed up by cocktail consultant Adam Orzechowski, Trinity is sure to be the next hot spot.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

Dining at Trinity is an experience for all the senses, from the time you step through the door until you leave, stuffed and happy, at the end of a very pleasant evening. You’ll have a good impression even at first glance, as this restaurant has many design elements working in its favor. It’s got the old-world charm of a typical French Quarter building, like exposed brick, hardwood, and an ironwork balcony where guests can dine al fresco, added to all the fancy, shiny, modern bells and whistles such as marble and leather, dramatic lighting, and an open kitchen where you can watch the masters at work.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

But naturally, the real fun starts when you taste what’s on offer. Whether it’s sampling one of the many drinks from the bar (my favorite was Da Jam, made with house-made mixed berry jam and Aperol to cut the sweetness), or ordering from the menu chock full of “bright, creative and adventurous cuisine”, everything is exquisite.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

The menu is divided up into sections.  First there are the Oysters. A very clever take on oysters, this includes everything from “Raw”, with cocktail caviar and homemade soda crackers from pastry chef Sydney Rainwater, to “Smoked”, served with deviled eggs and horseradish.  The best of the bunch in my opinion was the “Baked”—an oyster “casserole” of sorts, with plenty of parmigiana-reggiano cheese and a little bit of ciabatta bread to soak it all up.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

The next course is what they call “Fingers”, with plenty of finger-friendly appetizers like the Duck-Fat Hush Puppies with green tomato jam or the Crawfish & Fontina Beignets with a tarragon aioli dipping sauce. Next, there were the “Forks”, which would be along the lines of heavy appetizers (or light entrees, if you prefer). The Ricotta Gnudi is of particular note—a cousin of gnocchi made with ricotta cheese instead of potato.  Trinity’s version is made with muscadine wine, forest mushrooms and parmigiana-reggiano cheese.  Or, for something a little lighter, try the refreshing and summery Cucumber Salad—a mix of cucumbers, apples and turnips sprinkled with a little feta cheese.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

Finally, grab your knife for the “Knives” course.  These are the full-on, big-time entrees, like the Seared Snapper served over an avocado-citrus salad and dusted with toasted pecans, or the “Frutti di Mare”, a seafood pasta with cobia, blue crab, shrimp and scallops, all atop fresh linguini in a heavenly sauce. For the hardcore carnivores, Trinity offers the good stuff—a high-quality beef in the form of their Grilled Wagyu Strip Loin with sautéed mushrooms in a béarnaise sauce. 

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

With all this good food, it’s tough to save room for dessert.  But it’s definitely worth the effort. Wear your baggy pants and don’t eat for days after if you must, but don’t pass up the decadent creations of Sydney Rainwater, who has worked her pastry magic with the likes of John Besh, Dickie Brennan and Emeril Lagasse. My after-dinner recommendations: The Maduros Bread pudding, a moist and flavorful bread pudding with caramelized plantains and rum-brown butter caramel. This dessert was only matched by the Fat Elvis Banana Split—an unforgettable sundae fit for the King, with dark chocolate and peanut butter ice cream, bananas, and of course, bacon. Thank you very much indeed.

New Kid on the Block: Restaurant Trinity Opens on Decatur Street

I had the rare pleasure of having the opportunity to taste the entire menu during my wonderful evening at Trinity. (Sometimes even with multiples of certain favorite dishes). So while I have never been so incredibly stuffed, except for maybe after Thanksgiving dinner or an all-you-can-eat buffet, I have also rarely had a more enjoyable meal.  Even if you don’t dare to conquer the entire menu yourself, rest assured that whatever you try at Trinity, it will be delicious.

Trinity, 1117 Decatur Street, 504-325-5789. Open Sunday thru Thursday 6-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m.

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