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Where to eat truffles in Sydney for date night – A couple of travel makers
Indulge yourself and your loved one with truffle dishes that really hit the spot at these romantic restaurants and cafes.
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Winter in Australia is truffle season. It's when truffle harvesting takes place in rural NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.
If you can't venture out to rural NSW to go truffle hunting (highly recommended as a day trip by the way), then there are plenty of restaurants serving these delicious nuggets in mouth-watering dishes.
Where to eat truffles in Sydney 2020
Image: Black Star Pastry Facebook
Black Star Pastry
- Perfect for: A casual morning date.
Famous for its watermelon cake, now that the temperature has dropped, pop in for something more hearty – say, like its Black Truffle Toastie?
This bad boy features black truffle bechamel, smoked ham and Gruyere cheese smashed between two fluffy pieces of homemade potato focaccia bread that are studded with rosemary and button mushrooms. We're drooling just thinking about it.
It's not the only truffle dish on the menu. Finish your meal off with a Black Star "Truffle". Made to resemble a truffle in a forest, these are choux pastry shells filled with black truffle and hazelnut praline custard and dusted with cacao.
Image: Devon Cafe Facebook
- Perfect for: An OTT lunch
In early June, Devon Cafe released its truffle menu and we've been ogling it ever since. It's a mix of English, Indonesian and Japanese dishes fused with the good stuff, and you have the choice of either the a la carte menu or the Truffle Brunch Experience.
On the "experience" are a truffle gianduja latte and truffle egg sando fingers to start, truffle curly fries, Wagyu steak with cep emulsion, mushroom and fresh truffles, truffle mi goreng and truffle ice cream.
Being massive Japanese food fans, we are dying just thinking about this one.
Image: Three Williams Facebook
- Perfect for: Adventurous taste buds
Lost in the leafy streets of Paddington, Three Williams always delights and surprises. Its truffle menu is an inspired list of four dishes, each rich in flavour and featuring a different protein, so there's bound to be something to suit your taste buds as well as your other half's.
For a light meal or for those sporting a sweet tooth (that's me), there's the mandarin and honey crumpet with truffle ricotta and fresh truffle.
For lunch, try the roasted Peking duck angel hair pasta with truffle or the braised beef cheek (see picture). It comes laden with truffle shavings and gives us goosebumps just looking at it.
Make a proper meal of it and order in a side of truffle beer-battered chips. It comes drizzled in truffle oil and a dusting of fresh truffle.
And if none of the above takes your fancy? No sweat. You can add fresh truffle to virtually anything on the all-day menu for an extra $15. How good is that?
Image: New Shanghai
- Perfect for: Sharing
Personally, we are suckers for dumplings. They let you taste test a number of different flavours and styles and somehow the bill never winds up being more per head than you anticipated. Sometimes it can even surprise you.
But back to truffles. Every year, New Shanghai hosts a truffle menu, and 2020 is no different. This year, it has a trio of truffle laden items: a black truffle xiao long bao, black truffle potstickers and chicken and mushroom fried rice with shaved truffle. Order all and you've got yourself a right on meal.
Image: Finder/Stephanie Yip
- Perfect for: Cooking at home
Want to take your romantic gesture away from the crowds? Madame Truffle is a pop up that takes up house inside Handpicked Wines in Spice Alley every truffle season.
This year, it's selling truffles from NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia as well as cookbooks so you can really impress in the kitchen.
For something to add to your kitchen essentials, and which won't cost you nearly as much as purchasing a full truffle, Madame Truffles also sells truffle salt, truffle honey and truffle butter.
Image: Finder/Stephanie Yip. Dish is from a previous year.
- Perfect for: Celebrations and food aficionados
This upscale Australian restaurant is the ultimate romantic gesture. It's a warm, cosy space underneath the busy streets of Surry Hills with attentive service.
Here, the only option is an eight-course degustation, but to keep you returning time and time again, the menu rotates every ten weeks so you can literally make it part of your routine.
The menu incorporates truffles as an extra to your meal. Until the end of July, you can say yes to truffles in your fish out of water course or to your baked camembert with homemade bread.
Image: Mapo Newtown Facebook
- Perfect for: Dessert
Typically, Madame Truffles churns out its own truffle ice cream, but this year, it's handed the torch (meaning, its truffles) to ice creamery Mapo to work its magic.
The result? A fresh truffle and bush honey creamy sensation.
It's only available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until sold out, and it must be good because when we tried to grab some on a Sunday afternoon, it was sold out.
We'll be knocking at the door this coming Friday to make sure it's in our bellies.
Tried any truffle dishes this year that you'd love to rave about? Let us know in the comments below – we'd love to drool over them, too!
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