Truffle menus are synonymous with Sydney winter these days. The rich and earthy seasonal delicacy is packed full of flavour and every year finds itself showcased and whipped up into new, drool-worthy dishes at stacks of restaurants and cafes.
For brekky, lunch, dinner or dessert, this is the time of year where everything tastes a little better and more boujee if it’s “truffle-infused” or topped with a few delicate slices of the highly coveted treat. And let’s be clear, truffles are considered culinary gold for good reason: they’re difficult to grow and find, they have a frustratingly short shelf-life, and, of course, there’s that wildly unique, totally delicious taste too.
Whether you’re hoping to explore the aromatic fungus flavours for the first time or you’re a full-on truffle-head looking to tick off every menu possible before summer rolls around—this list has you covered.
Here are 14 of the best truffle menus you can check out in Sydney this winter.
Nothing champions the magical season of truffles quite like a dedicated sharing degustation. For that, make sure you book yourself in for one of three specially curated dining experiences showcasing the best of Australian truffles at North Bondi’s Rocker. The casual beach-side restaurant is putting on a five-course sharing degustation ($110 per person) with an optional wine pairing ($65 per person).
On the menu is a spanner crab tartlet with parmesan custard and truffle; truffle risotto with acquerello rice, Pepe Saya butter, Parmigiano Reggiano truffle; and rib-eye, bone marrow, veal jus, nasturtium, Kipfler potatoes, and truffle butter. You can also opt for the vegetarian menu ($90pp). And if you’re really looking to scratch that truffle itch, add extra fresh truffle to any dish for $25/5g. Rocker’s truffle nights are taking place Thursday 17 June, Thursday 15 July, and Thursday 12 August. Book yourself a spot here.
If it’s truffle season, we can always count on Three Williams to set the bar and make winter feel like our favourite time of year. In 2021, the Redfern cafe is living up to the hype with their newest dedicated truffle menu, sourcing truffles grown in NSW and the ACT. Try a baked triple cream brie with caramelised walnuts, rosemary truffle honey, roast quince toast and shaved truffle, or a confit duck leg with braised red cabbage, creamy spinach, king brown mushrooms, toasted quinoa, rice, truffle jus and shaved truffle.
Then, top off your experience with the sensory explosion and flavour amalgamation of the truffle espresso martini tiramisu for dessert. Just casually. More details on this one are here.
Lucky for us, the unique flavours of the mighty truffle transcend all cuisines and flavours. Head to Lilymu in Parramatta for a limited time truffle menu dreamt up by executive chef Brendon Fong. The pan-Asian eatery is offering four dishes, including a yellowfin tuna served with thousand layered taro, organic soy and black truffle; wok-fried fusilli with scampi, xo, egg yolk and black truffle; or braised shiitake with white garlic chive and truffled fried rice.
For dessert, get your hands on an ice cream sandwich for the ages with the black truffle ice cream monaka—the perfect balance of sweet and savoury. And as a reminder that some of the best things in life are short-lived, this menu is only available during June. So, don’t wait around and miss out—book yourself in for lunch or dinner here.
If there’s one inner-city café that knows how to showcase the finer things in life, it’s The Mayflower. Let’s just say that when the colder months roll around, you’ll find truffles in every corner of the menu designed by chef Jihwan Choi (formerly of Momofuku Seiobo), mostly because for $22, you can shave black truffle onto any dish at your table. You’ll also find truffle shaved onto the mayflower lobster croissant or the truffle croque monsieur generously grated onto the truffle hot chocolate or in the mac n’ cheese’s béchamel sauce. If you want to keep the luxurious times rolling, check out the menu’s dedicated caviar section too. Head into The Mayflower to fill those truffle desires. Make a booking here.
Bulletin Place Laneway
If a menu simply isn’t enough to fulfil your hankering, then how about an entire laneway pop-up dedicated to all things truffles? Taking place over Thursday 8 and Friday 9 July, The Laneway Truffle Garden Lounge & Stall is a free event hosted by Silvester’s Restaurant and Three Bottle Man, in partnership with Canberra’s The Truffle Farm.
Here, you can expect hot truffle delicacies like truffled chicken pâté with brioche, a hazelnut and truffle cream soup, or truffle crème brulée. All of this can be paired with truffle-spiked hot chocolate bombs, truffle hot toddies, and barrel-aged truffle Negronis (not kidding). A truffle store selling premium truffles by the gram and products like truffle salts, oils, pastes and chocolates will also be available if you need to stock up. Head here for more details on the event.
The sunshine yellow colour palette and delicious food at Happyfield have rapidly become local favourites in Haberfield, and for good reason. If you’re anywhere near this joint in the morning (or any time of day), make sure you head in for their Instagram-worthy, warm, fluffy pancakes with Canadian maple syrup and Pepe Saya butter. Lucky for us all, Happyfield is also getting around this year’s truffle season by letting you add some shaved Western Australian truffles to any dish of your liking. You can rain those slithers salt bae-style on anything. Chef recommendations are for pasta of the week, the savoury pancake stack with fried eggs and crispy bacon, scrambled eggs or the steak frites. Don’t worry about making a reservation; they only take walk-ins.
BARANGAROO AND NORTH SYDNEY
Alright, we’ve now arrived at the megalodon of Sydney seasonal truffle menus. At Devon Cafe, we mean a full-sized menu you could hold in your hands, requiring a page turn and asking the waiter to give you an extra minute. Start the morning right with a truffle gianduja latte with chocolate and hazelnut or a truffle affogato. Then, without actually listing off the entire menu, you need to try the truffle wagyu hash, truffle wagyu katsu sando, or truffle curly fries for snacks.
Oh, and the truffle mi goreng, truffle beef pie, or a truffle cheeseburger, which you can luxe upgrade with seared foie gras and fresh truffle. And again, because this beloved fungi hath no bounds, get around a macadamia flan with fresh truffle or a truffle sundae topped with truffle ice cream, house-made truffle honey (sold in store), sea salt, and fresh truffle for dessert. Thought we were done? If you’re quietly thinking to yourself that you couldn’t possibly choose between all the truffle-tastic options laid out above—then the truffle brunch experience ($75pp) and its “best of” vibes is for you. Make sure you book yourself in right here.
Salt Meats Cheese
We can always turn to Salt Meats Cheese for the cheesy and indulgent comforts of Italian food. Well, those palette-pleasing vibes are coming in strong from Monday 21 June to Sunday 27 June for a dedicated truffle food and drinks menu aptly titled “every day we’re truffling”. Available from 5pm, you can choose from entrees like baked truffle brie or truffle bocconcini, mains like truffle pappardelle, truffle pizza or truffle meatball polenta, with truffle gelato for dessert.
As for drinks, prepare your tastebuds for a “Trufflerita” with tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, garnished with freshly shaved truffle and truffle salted rim, or the “Truffle Sour” with vodka, Montenegro, truffle oil, sugar, egg white, lemon juice and shaved truffle. The truffle menu will be available at all Salt Meats Cheese venues. Make a booking here.
IIKO Mazesoba is the spot in Sydney for the popular Japanese specialty of brothless ramen—with soup replaced by an umami soy-based sauce. While this is a good enough reason on its own to visit and add to your Sydney ramen adventures, IIKO Mazesoba is also happily immersing itself deeply into our truffle dreams. The cheese truffle mazesoba is the crowd favourite, with housemade noodles, black truffle, mushrooms, cheese, nori, shallots, cream, onsen egg and sesame seed. After that, it’s a bit of a free-for-all with truffle karaage, truffle congee, wagyu truffle mazesoba, and truffle cheesecake.
When culinary power couple Ross and Sunny Lusted (formerly The Bridge Room) opened Woodcut in December last year to help headline Crown’s new high roller dining precinct, they promised to wow us with unique cooking techniques and to champion fresh and sustainably sourced Australian produce. As expected, they’ve continued to do so with their seasonal truffle menu, bringing in tuber melanosporum (aka Perigord black truffle) from Manjimup in Western Australia. You’ll find winter truffles shaved onto burrata with warm Pinoli pine nuts and Woodcut oak-smoked salt, the wood-roasted southern rock lobster with truffle butter, or onto the macaroni and cheese with taleggio sauce. Be sure to book a table for this one—do that here.
Meanwhile, over at a'Mare—Alessandro Pavoni's refined, classically themed Italian eatery at Crown—the truffle special is cavolofiore e tartufo—a cauliflower creation with mushrooms and generous shavings of truffle. Pair that with a'Mare's aged carnaroli risotto with southern calamari and Yarra Valley salmon roe, and you are very much living your best life. Bookings are here.
If you live in Sydney’s Upper North Shore, you likely know where to flock as the temperatures drop and truffle season arrives. Now is precisely the time that Goodfields Eatery drops its long-awaited truffle menu in all its glory. From sweet to savoury and from social media-worthy to no-talking-let’s-eat, truffles are flying out at this Lindfield cafe. Feeling a big breakfast? Try the herbed hotcakes with buttermilk fried chicken, truffle whipped butter, fresh truffles, truffle-infused maple and drizzled with New Zealand’s Egmont manuka honey. After a snack? Then opt for the wagyu bits and chips, with beer-battered chips, seared wagyu slices, truffle cheese sauce, truffle pecorino, truffle gravy and fresh truffle shavings. Needing a hearty lunch? You’re after the beef ragu, with overnight truffle and red wine braised beef rib, wild mushrooms, fusilli, baby spinach, truffle pecorino and shaved truffles. Finally, need a drool-worthy sweet treat? Drop everything and order the truffle ice cream brownie sandwich.
You know a venue is taking truffle season seriously when it shuts up shop for a day and takes its entire staff down to Robertson in the Southern Highlands to go truffle hunting. Well, that’s precisely what Soul Deli did last week. The still relatively new Korean café and evolution of Soul Dining has brought some serious game to this list and Sydney’s truffle season with some delectable Korean-inspired goods. Partnering with Robertson Truffles, the menu includes truffle egg bread, truffle tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes), truffle injeolmi (sweet rice cakes) waffles, and drinks like May’s dirty nutty latte with truffles and peanut cream.
Is there a better way to kick off the weekend than with a decadent Saturday morning breakfast with friends? And what’s more decadent than truffles, seriously. Surely, you know where we’re going with this. To celebrate truffle season in yet another creative and wonderful way, Surry Hills’ NOMAD restaurant is teaming up with Two Providores to showcase Australian Truffle Traders in a one-off big breakfast. The collective of 18 families grows and supplies fresh black truffles from the southern forests of Manjimup, Western Australia.
The menu from executive chef Jacqui Challinor and head chef Sam McCallum will feature three cheese and truffle manoush, and ham hock and truffle hash browns. And because we’ve learned that anything goes at brekky time, a pecan, truffle and olive oil cookie ice cream sandwich is also on the cards. Bookings are required for this one-off event, which we're guessing won’t be available for long. Be sure to book your spot for breakfast on Saturday 3 July here.
Image credit: Three Williams, Rocker, Three Williams, Lilymu, Bulletin Place Laneway, Crown Sydney, Crown Sydney, Soul Deli, NOMAD