There’s one ingredient that’s taken the 2019’s food scene to another level, and quite frankly, we can’t get enough of the stuff. Enter the truffle. Chefs across the city have been getting a little truffle happy, layering dish after dish with the stuff! So, in honour of truffle season, and whether you’re after London’s dreamiest truffle infused pizza, beef tartare topped with shaved truffle, or just want to indulge in a mega truffle cheese burg, we’ve foraged out our favourite truffle focused dishes and menus across the city. Without further ado, here’s our favourite truffle dishes in London:
One man we undoubtedly trust to deliver on flavours that pack a punch is Theo Randall and his carefully curated truffle menu at his restaurant at the Intercontinental Park Lane delivers on numerous levels, using only the most premium black truffles from Umbria.
Whether it’s his fresh taglierini pasta laced with butter and 5gr of white truffles you’re dying to get your hands on, or his Italian style beef tartare with rocket salad, Parmigiano Reggiano and white truffles, you can guarantee you’ll leave fulfilled and satisfied and booking in for another night.
Here to spread a little truffle joy is Chef Laurent Tourondel, whose brought his expertise across the pond to the heart of London, serving up only the finest steak and fish at Hotel Café Royal. One dish that might tickle your pickle is their crispy wagyu beef nigiri, slathered with truffle aioli (yum!), dashi, grated daikon and local wasabi for a fiery kick. Pair it with a little tipple from their sake menu and you’re onto a real winner. For a double truffle (and wagyu) hit, dive into their wagyu beef carpaccio topped with smoked foie gras and truffle aioli.
Helping to bring a splash of Asian flair to the city is ROBATA and their fierce grilled charcoal cooking style. The restaurant’s ethos celebrates ancient traditions and this style of cooking was first introduced by fishermen using boxes of hot coals to help warm their food as they gather their day’s catch. Following suit on the truffle aioli front, why not dive into ROBATA’s beef tataki topped with yuzu pepper soy, garlic chips and truffle aioli, or go all out with their Japanese A5 wagyu ribeye, that’s been charcoal grilled with truffle ponzu.
Park Chinois’ menu is bursting at the seams with truffle-y good dishes but look a little closer to the drinks menu and you’ll notice a truffle take on the Old Fashioned. Blanton’s Gold Edition bourbon has been infused with black truffle, served with maple syrup, Noix De La Saint Jean walnut liqueur and house dark bitters. It’s delicious.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
What’s more majestic than truffle falling delicately down on your plate? Nothing. In honour of truffle season, Fortnum’s Bar and Restaurant will be serving up the ultimate toasted cheese sandwich to feast upon. Think toasted sourdough coated with freshly whipped butter stuffed with oozing raclette cheese and truffle shavings. On Tuesday 19th November you can dive into their four-course white truffle dinner with wine pairing too, eek!
As the name suggests, Crazy Pizza certainly isn’t just your average pizza. You won’t find any sweaty bottoms or soggy centres over here! The restaurant itself is littered with black and white prints of superstars getting their pizza fix, from Beyonce and Brad Pitt to Donald Trump and Julia Roberts. As for the pizzas, you’ve got to grab one of their crazy pizzas, and our recommendation being the ‘tartufo’, topped with their very own homemade mozzarella, fresh black truffle and white truffle extra virgin oil.
Truffle can be a very overpowering taste, and the palette can be quick to tire from it as a result. However, this pizza is peppered with just the right amount of black truffle, which is shaved effortlessly on top of the mozzarella-based beauty. Give it a try, you know you wanna.
Oooh, go on! It’s truffle-y good.
Locked in the heart of Egerton Gardens, you’ll find The Franklin Hotel, home to only the finest Michelin-star dining in Knightsbridge. Spearheaded by Michelin-starred Chef Alfredo Russo, The Franklin Restaurant centres around modern Italian cuisine. And, here hitting the truffle on the head, has to be their ‘Tartaccio’ di nocciola e tartufo. For those a little confused by the name, it’s a duet of beef tartare and beef carpaccio served with hazelnut and black truffle, which is layered on top.
Where: The Franklin London - Starhotels Collezione, Egerton Gardens, London, UK
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.4 miles)
Tucked in the heart of Devonshire Square, Mac & Wild has become notorious for their hefty cuts of meat and tempting haggis pops (they’re literally bitesize crispy nuggets filled with haggis). Complement your mouthwateringly juicy burger or one of their butcher’s cuts with their devilishly rich truffled mac and cheese. And while it might not be a macaroni pie (if you haven’t tried one, jet off to Scotland instantly to give it a try), their truffled mac and cheese certainly hits the creamy comfort food spot.
Um, I don’t know about you but there’s some dishes you just can’t stop thinking about, and for me, the ‘papa seca’ at COYA Mayfair is one of them. Like seriously, it’s creamy, it’s dreamy, and it’s vegan. When I tried the dish, I quickly named it the ‘birds nest’. Essentially it was every truffle lovers paradise, filled with Peruvian potatoes, wild mushrooms, truffles, and scattered with crisped potato strings, looking some somewhat like a little birds nest.
To say London is brimming with mac and cheese would be an understatement. It’s splattered across nearly every menu like there’s no tomorrow, which can mean finding a real gouda one can be excruciatingly difficult. But we think we’ve found London’s very best and it’s nestled over on Dover Street in Mayfair. Moncks of Dover St serves up the dreamiest truffle mac and cheese that’s oozing with all the creamy goodness you could want. It’s the ultimate comfort food for the cooler months too.
I don’t know about you but I always gravitate towards a sharing board whether it’s a charcuterie, cheese board or a hummus platter, and Percy & Founders serve up sharing board that you won’t be able to resist nibbling away at. We’re talking baked camembert that’s oozy with all its cheesy goodness, truffle ham that’ll leave you salivating at each bite, and toasted bread to lather all the cheesy juices up.
Everyday I’m trufflin’…
If you’re after the ultimate junk food, Truffle has you sorted. Hidden within the new Seven Dials Market, Truffle is on a mission to swipe away your hunger pangs, fuelling us Londoner’s with the ultimate truffle burgs. And thanks to its trusty new permanent location, you can grab these bad boys every day of the frickin’ week, woohoo! You just might need a baby bib and a mountain of serviettes to soak up the beefy juices…