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.
Bibendum's Oyster Bar
'Breakfast should be as indulgent as dinner', says Claude Bosi, the brilliant chef of two Michelin star Bibendum. He has recently turned his attention to breakfast in the beautiful downstairs cafe/bar which has been given a Remy Martin makeover. It is surely one of the most beautiful places to breakfast.
Besides scrambled egg with white truffles at a remarkably modest £12, with a little persuasion the oyster omelette can be given a white truffle dousing too. Other breakfast options include a lobster, bacon and cheese toastie.
Come lunch and dinner, white truffle is back on the menu in a sublime scallop carpaccio or ethereal risotto.