The round-up: where to indulge this truffle season
The winter months aren’t only known for bringing cold winds and chilly mornings – it’s also marks truffle season! If you are a fan of the unique and aromatic fungus, we’ve compiled a quick list of spots where you can get your fix of fresh truffles this season.
Taro’s Ramen & Cafe: Ramen doesn’t get much more luxurious than this – homemade fettuccine-style noodles with truffle tapenade kneaded into the dough, topped with Italian white truffle oil and fresh Australian winter truffles from Manjimup in Western Australia sliced on top. That’s three layers of truffle goodness to stick your face in.
1889 Enoteca: Woolloongabba’s popular eatery 1889 Enoteca typically prizes fresh ingredients for all of its meals, but when it comes to truffles we’re talking seriously fresh. All black truffles are received less than 12 hours after being plucked from the ground and then delicately added to the Roman outcrop’s Tagliatelle al tartuffo, which boasts handmade tagliatelle with black Tasmanian winter truffles.
Esquire: Eagle Street’s Esquire is known for its apple truffle strudle – boasting Stanthorpe Pink Lady apples, sliced, cooked and fried into an apple rose and served with truffle jam made from Malmsey wine, beef stock, Manjimup truffles and mascarpone Chantilly cream.
Restaurant Two: Brisbane City’s Restaurant Two is home to the longest running celebration of truffles in town and will be sticking to tradition again in 2016 with its renowned truffle dinner on Tuesday July 19. The degustation menu features dishes such as Ayton Farm chicken and truffle terrine, barramundi, edamame and celeriac with truffle beurre blanc and Cape Grim beef, braised rib and seared fillet with potato, kale and truffle sauce. Seats are strictly limited, so register your interest quickly by calling the restaurant on 3210 0600.
ARIA: Matt Moran and ARIA Brisbane head chef Ben Russell will be offering a delectable truffle dish throughout Good Food Month. The ARIA Truffle Risotto features a mixture of mushroom, parmesan and fresh truffle shaved on top – simple but far from ordinary.
OTTO: If you like your truffles with a view, new Brisbane City eatery OTTO offers both. The stunning restaurant has a bunch of truffle-infused dishes, including Carpaccio di Manzo Riverina Angus beef, truffle dressing, aioli, capers, parmesan, baby rocket, truffle risotto with hazelnuts, Western Australian black truffles and egg yolk and some out of this world truffle gelato with cheesecake mouse and candied macadamias.
Montrachet: Shannon Kellam is one of the biggest truffle fans in Brisbane, recently named as the Queensland ambassador for Manjimup truffles. Montrachet is getting into the swing of truffle season with a very special dish – young free range chicken baked with Manjimup truffle, braised leek veloute, sauvignon blanc from Sancerre, and wild shiitake baked in Montrachet’s puff pastry. This dish is made to share between two, so bring a friend that fancies a truffle or two as well.
Pony: The winter menu at Eagle Street’s Pony boasts an AACO Wagyu Rump served with triple cooked onion rings and a delicious truffle béarnaise.
Factory 51: Coorparoo’s Factory 51 boasts arrange of great Italian eats, with a delicious wood-fired tomato, prosciutto, truffle oil, field mushroom and fresh mozzarella pizza on the menu for those looking to celebrate truffle season.
Nickel Kitchen & Bar: Fortitude Valley’s Nickel Kitchen & Bar will be hosting a Bastille Day-inspired three-course set menu, which will be including truffles, as well as specials each week with the delicious topping. If you can’t make it for the event, the main menu also features the wild mushroom tagliatelle with truffles for you to enjoy.
Darling & Co: Darling & Co’s head chef Giulano Melluso will be hosting a decadent degustation truffle dinner on Thursday July 14, with a five-course menu showing off the richness of Tasmanian black truffles. We hear the Angus beef tartare with truffle cream, quails eggs and pickled daikon and the Harvey Bay scallops with cauliflower, leeks and truffle pesto are to die for.
Gianni’s Kitchen: One of Newstead’s finest eateries is getting into the truffle season spirit with a set menu on Thursday July 28 featuring Western Australian black truffle. Dishes include black truffle risotto with porcini mushrooms, homemade ravioli filled with manchego cheese, potato and truffle and a truffle chocolate fondant with white chocolate gelato.
e’cco bistro: e’cco bistro is celebrating both truffle season and Good Food Month with a range of dishes not featured on the normal winter menu. Gorge on smoked Jerusalem artichoke veloute, potato gaufrette and truffled egg yolk or blue cod, truffled mussels and oyster sauce.
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