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.
Who else remembers when chicken kiev from a certain posher supermarket was considered the bees knees in supper treats? That 70s mainstay is back and all the better for its modern retro interpretation at the elegant and discreet The Game Bird at The Stafford tucked away in St James's..
Here chef Ben Tish serves superlative Norfolk Black chicken kiev juicy and succulent and oozing with a decadently generous stuffing of garlic butter with truffle. There are loads of delicious juices to mix with the creamy mash. The leather bib is optional. For the full nostalgic experience, they serve classic British puds too.
Dinner for two; £120 including wine