Trenasse is a beautiful new restaurant located in the newly-designed lobby of the Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel. Now, this is not a hotel restaurant (not that there’s anything wrong with that), it’s an independent restaurant that happens to be located in a hotel. You find this a lot in New Orleans and other major food cities. I mentioned the newly-designed Intercontinental New Orleans Hotel: here is a link to their content page where you can find more info.
What does Trenasse mean? Here is an explanation from their website: Trenasse (truh-nah-sse), a colloquial term our Cajun ancestors used to describe the man-made waterway or cut-through (pronounced cut-tru, also the Cajun way) through the marsh that leads to the fisherman’s “honey hole”. A trenasse is also a standard of measurement for fresh shrimp arriving after a day’s catch.
Now to answer the question, does Trenasse serve the best Gumbo in Louisiana? Yes it does. They join several other restaurants I found that can be classified as The Best Louisiana Gumbo.
They have only one gumbo on their menu, but I was told that they also serve other special gumbos on certain days of the week. The one on their menu is a Fowl Gumbo with Duck, Chicken and Andouille. Their gumbo is served in three sizes. Cup @ $6, Bowl @ $8, and an entrée @ $17. The entrée size is served with hot garlic French bread. Their Louisiana Fowl Gumbo has a dark roux with a fantastic Gumboroma and an even better after burn. I don’t like things overly spicy, but I do like a gumbo that is perfectly seasoned and this is one of them. There are also lots of chopped pieces of duck, chicken and andouille. The rice wasn’t anything special, was on the cool side and a little more al dente that it should be. But, that’s why I ask for the rice on the side. Let me say something about why rice is served this way at some restaurants. Gumbo is served with rice already in it. When a restaurant prepares rice for gumbo, they need to prepare it on the al dente side so it doesn’t become mushy sitting in the gumbo. By the time you taste it, the rice will be perfectly cooked.
I also have to let you know what else I ate. They have a Fried Brie Hamburger with Caramelized Onions served with French Fries. This was a big hunk of fried brie served on top of the burger. Excellent.
Trenasse’s Fowl Gumbo
Croux says “I’ll give it a 4 Spoon Rating”
Spiciness: The Best
Serving Temperature: Excellent (except for the rice which rated just okay)
Presentation: Very Good
Price: The Best
444 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
7 days L/D