Tasting Menu at Restaurante TriCiclo, Madrid

The folks at Salmon Guru recommended TriCiclo for dinner. Unfortunately, even my Dora the Explorer map-tracing skills found us lost and missed our reservation. Luckily, we managed to find the darn place on our last day in Madrid and just about managed to score a table.

TriCiclo Madrid
A passion project of three chef friends (Javier Goya, Javier Mayor and David Alfonso), TriCiclo is a restaurant born from the idea of having an establishment where they serve food from each of their culinary preferences. And whilst dishes promise to highlight fresh seasonal produce, the aim is to create food evocative of great moments. Like the time grandma taught you how to cook, or that great seaside holiday of your childhood.

TriCiclo Madrid

The restaurant, in Barrio de las Letras, is homey. I do find it quite interesting how the kitchen is in the center of the whole restaurant, almost posing as an indoor quad. Tables are spread on the edges, but there is plenty of space to feel comfortable.

The menu offered dishes in small, medium, and full plates and it’s quite complex. There’s a section offering “market to table” dishes; a section for traditional flavours with a more gastronomic twist; and a section featuring fusion dishes. And because we couldn’t decide what to have, we opted for the degustation menu.

TriCiclo Madrid

But first, a snack. Corn chips with guac and a bit of chilli powder. Frankly decent, but not entirely memorable.

TriCiclo Madrid

The cold soup was, however, very delicious. And I wish we had more than just a few spoons of it. The flavour was similar to a Thai curry, but the coldness gave it a nice refreshing twist.

TriCiclo Madrid

Next was a serving of lightly battered king prawns wish shiso and mango salsa. I like snacks like this, where you actually get to use your hands to get a mouthful of flavour and texture. I thought the shiso leaf would overpower the prawn, but it didn’t. The prawn was juicy and naturally sweet and the dipping sauce was pretty ace.

TriCiclo Madrid

The ‘raw fish’ dish was actually a glammed plate of sea bream sashimi garnished with garlic chips, sundried tomato, some potato slivers and dressed with an oil vinaigrette and togarashi. I wish there had been more of it.

TriCiclo Madrid

The next dish was a colourful salad of vegetables and smoked mackerel. This may have been my least favourite dish despite its display of creativity. I just found the flavours quite bland.

TriCiclo Madrid

The next dish was possibly my favourite: hefty pork belly and squid, with a little green slaw.

TriCiclo Madrid

Marinated in quasi-Asian spices, this reminded me of pork humba and/or adobo with its sweet-sour-salty triumvirate of flavours. The pork was so good that I frankly thought the squid was but a mere extra in all this. However, together they burst with complementary tastes and textures.

TriCiclo Madrid

And that slaw had the perfect acidity and sweetness to calm the fatty pork. Me gustas mucho.

TriCiclo Madrid

A fish dish was next, and it starred a generous piece of cod atop stewed vegetables, puffed rice and mint.

TriCiclo Madrid

The fish flaked wonderfully, with its meat firm and soft to the taste. It’s harmonious to the stew, with everything tasting (and feeling) quite clean and refreshing. This dish was a nod to traditional Spanish flavours, and I was glad it came when it did.

Because oh, what came after was rich and naughty.

TriCiclo Madrid

TriCiclo’s take on the traditional oxtail cannelloni was absolutely beautiful (and it definitely trumps what I had in Puerto Lagasca). The sauce was thicker and richer with cream, and the addition of mushrooms made it more earthy. The meat itself was melt-in-your-mouth serious, and the pasta was the same. My belly was absolutely full after this. But very happy as well.

TriCiclo Madrid

Dessert was salted caramel ice cream with some mango / passionfruit ganache served with biscuit shards and cookie crumbs. Frankly, I find that tasting menu desserts aren’t all that.

Verdict for TriCiclo

I’m a huge fan of farm to table cooking and TriCiclo excelled here, giving punters what they’ve promised to do. Produce is clearly fresh, you can taste the distinct flavours of each element and it’s quite refreshing to be able to recognise what’s on your plate. Service is great, with staff knowledgeable of what they’re putting on your table. I’m not too keen on the layout of the restaurant per se, but that’s a little nitpicking here.

Go and get that pork belly plate in full raciones.

TriCiclo
Calle Sta. María, 28, 28014 Madrid, Spain
Ave spend pp: €70

4/5

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33 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Debono
    26th May 2018 / 1:10 pm

    This restaurant sounds wonderful and interesting. I would definitely give it a try if I was ever in Madrid. Not sure if I could manage the set menu though. That’s quite a feast. The pork and calamari together sounds an interesting combo!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:07 am

      It was indeed a feast! =)

  2. 26th May 2018 / 7:08 pm

    All of the dishes look amazing! What a great little restaurant!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:07 am

      Tasted fantastic, too!

  3. 27th May 2018 / 12:04 am

    What a cute little place! All of the dishes look delicious! Such a beautiful presentation!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:07 am

      Yup – tasted great too!

  4. 27th May 2018 / 1:44 am

    The dishes sound delicious and the presentation is beautiful ! That salted caramel ice cream with mango , passionfruit ganache sounds simply divine ! It definitely looks like a place worth trying if we were around there !

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:02 am

      The dessert was quite nice, although not as inventive as I had hope! Defo worth trying still, though!

  5. 27th May 2018 / 10:13 am

    I’ve never visited Madrid! Isn’t that awful? I will definitely look up this tasting menu if I get there one day. Such a balance of different flavours and ingredients.

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:02 am

      I definitely hope you get to visit! Other than the food, the place is quite incredible!

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:01 am

      Yes hun they were all very delicious. =)

  6. 27th May 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Oh my that does sound like a tasting menu worth trying! the pork belly with squid sounds amazing! Love the idea of the kitchen in the centre of the restaurant too! I need to visit Madrid…

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:00 am

      Go book your flights and head off to eat here! Lol.

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:00 am

      That pork belly is everything!

  7. 27th May 2018 / 10:34 pm

    Love the pics in this post! Thanks for this great review. Definitely a restaurant to try next time in Madrid

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 11:00 am

      Aww, thanks. Still trying to make my food photography better though!

  8. 28th May 2018 / 7:42 am

    Wow, the food looks incredible! 🙂 Every single one of the dishes is so beautifully presented! 🙂

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 10:59 am

      Cheers Priya – twas really fab!

  9. 28th May 2018 / 10:28 am

    All the dishes look amazing, will bookmark this for when we are next in Manchester

    • Honey de Gracia
      Author
      28th May 2018 / 10:59 am

      Ahaha… did you mean Madrid, Kara? 🙂

  10. 28th May 2018 / 2:13 pm

    This tasting menu looks absolutely delicious! The presentation is stunning! Definitely going to have to visit this place when I’m there!

  11. 28th May 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Everything looks so delicious , I would like to try their food

  12. La_Fede
    28th May 2018 / 7:51 pm

    Too bad I did not know about this incredible place in my visit to Madrid

  13. 28th May 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Its quite a feast and love the presentation of the dishes, don’t know if I’d like to go there if I ever were in Madrid as probably they would not have a good selection for vegetarians.

  14. 29th May 2018 / 4:37 am

    wow – what an experience – that squid and pork belly has myname on it

  15. Lauren Davis
    29th May 2018 / 2:45 pm

    OMG this food looks insane you’re making me hungry! If we ever get to Madrid I definitely be checking this place out!

  16. 29th May 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I’ve never done a tasting menu before but looking at this I think I want to give one a go. Love the little dishes

  17. 5th June 2018 / 8:46 am

    Such a great post <3 Hope that one day I could have a chance to visit Madrid. I`m sure that my experience in there will be one of the most memorable moments in my life. Thank you

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