There’s something oh, so luxurious about truffles. As Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said: “In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy,” something that we can’t help but agree with here at The Handbook. And, as truffle season runs from October until early January it’s only fair that we bring to you an exclusive list of our favourite truffle spots. Spots where white truffle, one of the world’s rarest and most expensive ingredient, is scattered snow-like upon some of our most desired dishes. Here’s where we snuffled out:
Theo Randall at the InterContinental not only has truffle dish but four! Four scrumptious offerings all differing in content for your perusing. Theo Randall sources their white truffles each year from Umbria of all places, and thus place them in their dishes to give you an authentic truffle snuffling experience like no other. On the menu there’s fresh taglierini pasta with butter and truffle, risotto with cauliflower, truffle and parmesan, tartare of beef fillet with rocket salad, truffle and Parmigiano Reggiano and pasta stuffed with all sorts and topped with truffle. Plus, not one’s to shy away from the truffle sprinkling, all of the dishes are topped with five grams of the Umbrian white truffle and paired with wines of the sommelier’s choice. Sounds pretty tasty to us!
Nothing puts a smile on our faces more than restaurants adding a bit of sparkle to classic comfort food. Here, we’re talking about Coal Shed and their introduction of a truffle mac and cheese that sounds to die for. The dish comes in the form of a side, which you can always have with the wild mushroom risotto with black truffle main and bask in a total carb and truffle overload. Or alternatively you could delve into the crispy duck egg with truffle. Either way, Coal Shed your menu sounds delicious and we can’t wait to delve in!
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Gotcha! You probably thought truffle was just popped into food dishes. Well this is London, and here anything is possible when it comes to food and drink experimentation. Hence why there is a drink with truffle in it at Quaglino’s. The rather unique cocktail offering combines Don Julio, palo cortado, white truffle (the key ingredient), dandelion and Amer Picon. Sounds like one to tick off the cocktail bucket-list!
We’d be impressed with this burger purely for its alluring black appearance. However we’re even more impressed because there’s truffle involved, and for that it deserves a shout-out! The Mews of Mayfair Truffle Burger is all wrapped up in a charcoal bun with truffle brie (say what?!) along with mayonnaise and truffle chips. Well, bye bye boring burger baps, we’re only having our burgers with truffle from now on, so there!
Beck at Brown’s knows how to create a delicious truffle menu, which is exactly what they’ve done this Autumn. The Mayfair resto combines the vivacious Italian skills of Chef Heinz Beck and an undeniably seasonal focus to introduce you to a truffle heavy menu. The dishes include veal fillet with baby artichoke and spinach, and pumpkin ravioli with parmesan fondue and wild mushroom, both of which are finished off with a delightful dose of truffle.
Meraki has got breakfast covered! The signature Rosti Greek Style has been quite the hit at the Fitzrovia based restaurant. Serving up Greek food, the restaurant doesn’t’t shy away from truffle shavings, popping it onto the dish alongside crunchy potatoes, sunny side-up eggs, truffle and Cretan butter. The hot to trot mezze option has been whipped up by Chef Patron Athinagoras Kostakos and we’re pencilling in a date to go and get our fill!
The Game Bird are illustrious for their seasonal offerings, which is why we’re excited to share their equally as famed Truffle Chicken Kiev. The dish oozes with truffle butter and is accompanied by pomme purée. An essentially classy take on comfort food, the dish triumphs quintessential Britishness, curated by culinary Director Ben Tish and Executive Chef Jozef Rogulski.