COURTESY DAVID J BRADLEY
Broiled oysters will be served at Trinity, a new restaurant on Lower Decatur street, which opens next week.
(1117 Decatur St.; 504-325-5789) a new restaurant in the French Quarter, will open May 11. The restaurant, from local real estate developer Hugh Uhalt and chef Michael Isolani, is taking over the former Maximo’s space, following a months-long, million-dollar renovation. The two-story space features an open kitchen, wraparound bar and a balcony overlooking Decatur Street.
The project was originally slated to open late last year with chef Scott Maki at the helm. Isolani, who formally worked at Uptown gastropub Bouligny Tavern with Lilette chef/owner John Harris, replaced Maki earlier this year.
Isolani’s menu emphasizes locally sourced ingredients and is divided into sections for appetizers, shared dishes called "Fingers," mid-course selections called "Forks," and entrees.
There are broiled and smoked oysters; crawfish and Fontina beignets with tarragon aioli; duck fat hushpuppies with green tomato jam; ricotta gnudi with muscadine wine, mushrooms and Parmesan; seared snapper with avocado and citrus; and grilled strip loin served with chanterelles and bearnaise sauce, among others.
Desserts from pastry chef Sydney Rainwater include tostones bread pudding with caramelized plantains and spiced rum brown butter caramel, and the "Fat Elvis" banana split: chocolate-peanut butter ice cream topped with candied bacon and bananas.
Bartender Adam Orzechowski’s drinks program includes a selection of boozy cocktails called Hard Tails and a group of low alcohol drinks called Soft Tails, which include Borscht and Bubbles: vodka, lemon, beets and dill topped with champagne.
Trinity will be open for dinner daily.
For more information on the restaurant’s opening, visit their website here.