Sydney has been in the grips of what can only be described as truffle fever for a tasty little while now. It seems the humble truffle has somewhat of a Midas touch, infusing everything from hot chips to mayonnaise, even your ice cream, with its irresistible flavour. And one thing’s for sure, we certainly aren’t complaining.
So what does a city that is obsessed with truffley goodness need? A month devoted to truffles, obviously, and The Star has three of the best restaurants in Sydney plating up the glorious black gold across the entire month of July, we hope you’ve brought your appetite.
BLACK by ezard
Plating up the perfect trifecta for Truffle Month at The Star is one of Sydney’s best when it comes to steak, BLACK by ezard. Kick off your truffled fun with the cauliflower cream of white onion custard, cepe mushrooms and shaved truffle and follow it with a glorious fillet of grass fed Angus beef alongside smoked potato, mache salad, bone marrow sauce and, you guessed it, some shaved truffle. Dessert is all about the truffle infused ice cream… Yes, you can infuse your ice cream with truffles, and it tastes even better when combined with some white chocolate and raisins. Are you getting hungry yet?
Osteria Balla Manfredi
Nothing says Truffle Month like a four course truffle degustation at Osteria Balla Manfredi, where you get to feast on four perfect courses all complete with our favourite kind of fungi. You can expect to dine on scallops with celeriac and black truffle crumbs—because why have breadcrumbs when you can have black truffle crumbs? Now, it isn’t a meal at one of Sydney’s best Italian restaurants without some homemade pasta, so get ready to dig in to tagliatelle with black truffle, butter and reggiano cheese, followed by veal filet wrapped in prosciutto and served with sage and truffled mushrooms. Round out your truffle degustation with a truffle infused sabayon, aka an Italian dessert of egg yolks, sugar and sweet wine, poached pear and almond biscuits. Should you only want a little bit of truffle in your life this July you can also order each of these delectable dishes separately.
If there’s one thing we like more than truffles, it’s matching our truffles with wine! Prepare for one truly decadent offering at Sokyo this July with their Chase toro toro of bluefin tuna belly, white sea urchin and truffles paired with the MV Krug Grand Cuvee. Follow on from this with wild mushroom and asparagus toban complete with yuzu and grated truffles, perfect to pair with a chilled glass of Hans Herzog ‘Sur Lie’ Sauvignon Blanc. For mains, the Bichotan whole John Dory with scorched lettuce and creamy ponzu will keep your stomach happy and a glass of Bindi ‘Qyartz’ Chardonnay goes down a treat. For dessert, the blue cheese donatsu with truffle ice cream rounds out one seriously epic truffle feast, especially when paired with the Shafer-frohilich ‘spatlese’ Riesling.
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