On a side street in old Madrid, at 22 Calle Santa Maria, you will find one of Madrid’s hottest spots. Triciclo is an eclectic space, a series of cozy rooms with antique reclaimed wooden doors hanging on the walls, concrete and wooden floors, and the odd tricycle on display. It is also where you will find a casual chic crowd of locals. We were the only gringos in the entire restaurant. The menu is huge, divided into three sections. From the market, an outing at Triciclo and a trip in Triciclo. You can order a la carte, mix and match from each section or do a 6 or 9-course tasting menu. To confuse you even more, they add 15 additional specials of the day.
Everything sounds fabulous and it was difficult to make a choice. We ordered some excellent sangria and shared a 6-course tasting. You could decide on a full, half or third portions, which is a great idea depending on your group size, I just love this concept and wish more restaurants adopted this idea. We started with a tomato gazpacho served over watermelon and raw salmon. We went with a tiradito of scallops, white prawns tropical fruit and chili. Another dish was fall vegetables, egg yolk with a Cocido Madrileño broth, sherry, and mint. We also tried a few daily specials. I was impressed that they changed the plates and cutlery after each dish. Their English was not so great, but it was part of the fun.
They change the menu every four months, to make sure everything is seasonal and fresh. The kitchen is run by three chefs who have all worked in some of Spain’s greatest kitchens. It is hard to pigeonhole the cooking, but it is easy to love. The food captures a multicultural spirit, with Spanish, Peruvian, Chinese and Italian dishes. They push the boundaries and serve well prepared and attractively presented dishes that can either be traditional or have a fusion of influences. One thing is for sure, the flavours are big.
You need to reserve well in advance.