Where to eat truffles in London
Did you know that white truffles cannot be cultivated? They're only found in the wild by specially trained pigs between October and early December, mostly in Piedmont. No wonder they're known as 'white diamonds'.
As such, they are of course strikingly expensive, but the taste is like nothing else. For white truffle virgins, think earthy and pungent with sensual, almost musky aroma. Many even claim they have aphrodisiacal qualities. Black truffles have a deeper, more bosky taste and make better partners to more boldly flavoured dishes.
We've scouted out some of the best restaurants and most creative ways to enjoy truffles black and white this season.
The breath-takingly beautiful and original truffled egg created by Alex Diilling (ex-Hélène Darroze at The Connaught) chef at bastion of serious gastronomic dining The Greenhouse has to be one of the most exceptionally presented truffle dishes ever. It exemplfies his exultation of the very best ingredients with innovative elan and consummate classic technique.
The restaurant has a sense of Zen-like calm as diners arrive through an elegantly landscaped leafy garden and there's a good buzz of highly appreciative guests in the dining room. Staff exude sophisticated professionalism especially when offering wine pairing suggestions from the voluminious 3000 wine list.
Dinner for two; £200 a la carte including wine