Where To Eat Truffles This Season

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Australia’s indulgent truffle season is upon us. Here are the best places to eat them.

The commencement of the cooler months coincides with the flavoursome and fragrant season of truffle harvest, winter’s most treasured ingredient. Without further adu, here are our top picks on where to eat truffles in Sydney.

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Mode Kitchen & Bar
(Anytime June 19 until mid-August)

Mode Kitchen & Bar are hosting a Festival of Truffle. Curious diners and truffle enthusiasts can try their exclusive 3-course Truffle Tasting Menu at $90pp, featuring dishes like seared scallops with celeriac, hazelnuts and black truffle. Meat lovers will be appeased with grass fed carpaccio and grilled spatchcock while sweet tooths will love the Beurre bosc pear, laced with black truffle. Mode are also shaking and stirring speciality truffle cocktails putting a twist on the classics. Try a Black Truffle Martini, Truffle Espresso Martini or Black & White Negroni ($25 each). It’s recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Handpicked Wines

Handpicked Cellar Door has launched a very decadent winter wine snack – the Truffle Toastie. Available every Thursday evening, this toastie includes Occello cheese and meat, and freshly shaved black Australian truffles. There are 6 options to choose from and most toasties are priced around $18. Handpicked sommeliers are available to offer wine pairing suggestions for all toasties, with over 30 wines available by the glass, all made by Handpicked Wines. The cellar door will also have live music on Thursday nights with a range of artists.

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BLACK Bar & Grill
(One-night-only experience Thursday 5 July)

Executive Chef Dany Karam has created a tempting menu for one-night-only at BLACK Bar & Grill, pairing award-winning Terra Preta organic truffles with the freshest seasonal produce and selected wines. Using truffles sourced from the Southern Highlands, the decadent experience includes a scallop and truffle sandwich, truffle-poached marron and crispy sweetbread with rosemary curd and truffle sauce. Finish with roasted pineapple with Sichuan peppercorn and truffle ice cream. The BLACK Bar & Grill six-course truffle menu is available on Thursday 5 July for $270 per person.

If you can’t make it on the 5th July, BLACK are also offering an à la carte or three-course winter degustation menu ($110 per person or $170 with matching wines) from 12th June – 9th August. Included on the menu is chestnut cream with truffled custard ($28) and grade-seven marbled wagyu with white polenta and sweetbread ($68).

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Sokyo
(Available 12th June – 9th August) 

Situated in the heart of the Star Casino is contemporary Japanese restaurant, Sokyo. To celebrate truffle season, they’re offering a series of truffle specials including favourites like the Chase Toro Toro with uni, toro and truffle ($22) and for something indulgent, 9+ Rangers Valley 500g scotch fillet with finger lime butter and truffle ($250). For something extra special pencil in Thursday 12th July. For one night only, Japanese flavours will be fused with modern flair, as Executive Chef Chase Kojima serves up an exquisite five-course menu ($250 per person).

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Devon Cafe, various venues
(Available June – end August)

Each of Devon’s three venues is serving up a different truffle-fuelled menu, which is sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Surry Hills have dishes including the Ultimate Toasties with truffle butter, sautéed mix mushrooms, fried eggs, provolone and truffles on sourdough toast; truffle sea urchin pasta; and potato, leek and truffle croquettes. Barangaroo is doing a truffle Mi Goreng plus a decadent truffle sundae with mini chestnut pop-tarts and truffled honey. North Sydney’s eatery doesn’t disappoint either with Zach’s Croissant stuffed with crispy bacon, sautéed mushrooms, scrambled eggs and truffle. Be sure to check out the truffle soft serve with sea salt and honey!

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Balla
(Available 12th June – 9th August) 

Warm up with Balla’s à la carte truffle menu, featuring dishes like house-made organic durum wheat tagliatelle with black truffle butter and Reggiano ($36) and seared scallops with cauliflower purée ($26). Available individually or as a four-course menu, this specialty menu is priced at $110 per person or $170 with matching wines. On Thursday 19th July Balla are hosting a special one-night-only experience, paying tribute to the flavours of the Tasmanian black truffle. Executive Chef Gabriele Taddeucci has cleverly matched wines with dishes inspired by winters spent in Tuscany ($230 per person).

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Three Williams
(Available until the end of August)

Three William’s Cafe has Redfern locals sorted, with a new extended truffle menu for the 2018 season which features truffle waffle fries and two new truffle desserts. Head in for breakfast and lunch with truffle scrambled eggs, crispy truffle skin chicken breast, truffle ice cream, roasted peking duck angel hair pasta with fresh truffle, plus more.

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Salt Meats Cheese

(Available throughout June and July)

Head to either Salt Meats Cheese Broadway or Drummoyne venues for decadent truffle pizza and pasta specials. On the beloved pizza front, expect a creation topped with all the fine things in life, like Scamorza cheese, fior di latte, French goat’s cheese, mushrooms and fresh shaved WA truffle ($28). As for the pasta, Salt Meats Cheese will be serving up handmade fresh egg tagliolini, Pepe Saya organic butter, 36 months Parmigiana Reggiani and fresh shaved WA truffle ($28).

Pizzaperta
(Available 12th June – 9th August)

Set overlooking Pyrmont Bay, Pizzaperta has incorporated this season’s favourite ingredient into their signature woodfired pizzas to create a limited-edition truffle pizza. The wood-fired truffle speck pizza is served with mixed porcini, fior di latté mozzarella, parmesan and shaved black truffle ($37) – the perfect pizza for the cooler months.

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(Available Thursday 14 June to Sunday 2 September)
Madame Truffles, a mainstay of the Melbourne food scene, is popping up in Sydney for the fourth year running. While previously located at the rear of Pasta Emilia Italian restaurant, this year Madame Truffles has joined the foodie precinct of Kensington St, Chippendale. Madame Truffles is selling the widest range of fresh black truffles from the best trufferies across the country, including the award wining Terra Preta Trufferie. You can also buy truffle honey, truffle salt, truffle ice cream, truffle butter and more from the pop up store. They are hosting a series events across Sydney during truffle season not to mention a weekend Truffle toastie offering at Grifter Brewery between Fri 17th-Sun 19th August.
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(Available 3rd July – 8th July)
French restaurant Bistrot Gavroche will be shaving generous layers of Manjimup Black Truffles from Western Australia over dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner this truffle season. Take your organic sunny side up eggs to the next level with fresh truffle jus and shaved truffles ($30). Keep it simple with a triple cream cheese served with shaved truffle and quince paste ($25) and finish with a macaron filled with white chocolate and truffle vanilla ganache ($25).
(Available 12th June – 9th August)
Combining fresh truffles with his signature Asian street food, chef Luke Nguyen has created a winter-inspired menu including seared scallops with black truffle, ginger and burnt-butter fish sauce ($22), and the Fat Noodle deluxe fried rice with jumbo prawns, spanner crab meat and shaved black truffle ($36).
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All vegan venue, Bodhi Restaurant Bar in Sydney’s iconic Cook + Phillip Park has created two truffle dishes for its menus this winter. These include a mushroom and truffle dumpling on their lunch time yum cha menu, which is available for a limited time. Bodhi has also added a Chinese braised tofu dish to their new winter menu – launching next week – which is served with shiitake, enoki mushroom and truffles on a broccoli and spinach puree.

The Gantry

(Available Thursday 26th July)

For one special night only on Thursday 26th July, The Gantry is partnering with Dalrymple Vineyard s of highly acclaimed Pipers River, Tasmania to create the ultimate indulgent feast celebrating luxury ingredients and rich wines. You’ll feast on a delicious four-course tasting menu, using refined and locally sourced ingredients including wagyu beef, truffles and caviar paired with elegant and expressive wines at $130pp. To reserve your space, click here.

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