While the days may be getting darker and the weather chillier, the arrival of autumn also means the sumptuous start of truffle season.
The Resident sent Sophie Ritchie off in search of London’s best truffle dishes, from decadent burgers to indulgent fix six-course fungi feasts…
1 Truffle Hunting at Hush
If you love truffles, you’ll love Hush’s new truffle hunting extravaganza. Hosted in partnership with Amaro Montenegro, one of Italy’s most famous Italian liqueurs, it will see the restaurant’s famous cobbled courtyard transformed into an enchanted Italian forest for a whole two months. With autumnal foliage decor and fairy light canopies, diners can enjoy an array of truffle specials including truffle scrambled eggs with toasted brioche, truffle cacio e pepe and truffle & porcini mushrooms with parmesan polenta, all served topped with shaved Italian autumn black truffles.
No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street W1S 1EY; hush.co.uk
2 Zuma’s Seabass Sashimi with Yuzu and Truffle Oil
Knightsbridge legend Zuma celebrates its 15th birthday in October with an exclusive tasting menu by co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, that features a couple of outstanding truffle dishes. The meeting of truffle oil and yuzu with thinly sliced seabass and salmon roe in the Suzuki no Sashimi dish is a taste sensation. There’s also a freshly seared wagyu sirloin tataki with black truffle ponzu that’s, again, out of this world. The bespoke five-course, 11-dish tasting menu is available in London only for the month of October priced at £124 per person (wine and sake pairing is available for an additional £62 per person.
5 Raphael Street, Knightsbridge SW7 1DL; zumarestaurant.com
3 Skylon’s Six Course Truffle Tasting Menu
Skylon, nestled on London’s Southbank, will be offering a special truffle menu throughout November and December. Designed by Executive Chef Kim Woodward, the luxurious six-course tasting menu features highlights including; Terrine of guinea fowl, black truffles and pickled mushrooms; Seared scallop, roasted chicken thigh, walnuts and black truffles; Alpaco chocolate mousse, truffle soil, clementine and Angostura bitters.
Royal Festival Hall, Lambeth SE1 8XX; skylon-restaurant.co.uk
4 Black Truffle & Scallop Sashimi at Novikov
If there was ever such a thing as flavour harmony, Novikov’s moreish scallop and black truffle sashimi (served in the Asian side of this dual cuisine restaurant) would be it. Order up a plate (or three) for a unique dish to celebrate this year’s truffle season.
50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair W1J 8HA; novikovrestaurant.co.uk
5 Sartoria’s White Truffle Menu
Hailing all things truffle, Francesco Mazzei and his team at Sartoria has created an entire menu dedicated to the white truffle. From 9 October, choose from beef battuta with sage and white truffle, tagliolini cacio e pepe with white truffle and risotto Grana Padano Riserva and white truffle. Harbour a sweet tooth? Make sure to order the zabaglione con tartufo bianco; a truffle-infused take on the traditional Italian dessert.
20 Savile Row, Mayfair W1S 3PR; sartoria-restaurant.co.uk
6 Truffle Eggs at Tom’s Kitchen
If you love brunch, pitstop at Tom’s Kitchen for a decadent truffle eggs Benedict. This lavish take on a brunch classic is lathered with truffle hollandaise and topped with crispy parma ham. Try it for a sumptuous start to the day across the Tom’s Kitchen restaurants in Chelsea, Canary Wharf, St Katharine Docks and Somerset House.
7 Truffle Chicken Kiev at The Game Bird
Pay a visit to The Game Bird for a luxurious truffle chicken kiev. Brimming with truffle butter and paired with velvety pomme purée, this dish created by Executive Chef James Durrant is comfort food at its most sophisticated and ideal for a warming treat.
The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place SW1A 1NJ; thestaffordlondon.com
8 Truffle Gets Meaty at Blanchette Soho & Blanchette Brick Lane
Can’t get enough of juicy red carne? Offering mouth-watering meat at its finest, modern French bistro Blanchette Soho will be serving up a delicious dry-aged beef fillet with summer vegetables vinaigrette and fresh truffle delight. Meanwhile, its little sister venue Blanchette Brick Lane will be showcasing the signature pork fillet with truffle and cauliflower puree.
9 Truffle Burgers at Little Social
Burger fans can delight in Little Social’s heavenly new truffle burger. With a patty comprised of three cuts of beef, the burger is then topped with smoked cheddar, smoked streaky bacon and Little Social’s special burger sauce – before Australian truffle is shaved atop for a final finishing touch.
5 Pollen Street, Mayfair W1S 1NE; littlesocial.co.uk
10 Seasonal Salads with Thomas’s Café at Burberry
Full of flavour, the Sutton Hoo chicken salad at Thomas’s Café combines truffle and hazelnut pesto with fresh leeks, capers, runner beans, globe artichokes and fresh oak leaf for a gorgeously nutty dish. Even better, the venue uses only the finest seasonal produce from small farms and artisan suppliers from around the UK. The traditionally reared Sutton Hoo chickens used in this salad are free range and slowly reared, resulting in a succulent meat, delicious juices and irresistibly crispy skin.
5 Vigo Street, Mayfair W1S 3HA; burberry.com
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