It may not feel like the seasons are changing around here, but in restaurants across the country, the smell of white truffles has started to permeate through the air. It's truffle season, y'all, and while we're not in the business of dropping a ton of money on fancy dinners, we'll make a few exceptions for these seriously luxurious meals. Check out what a few restaurants in L.A. are doing to celebrate the coveted fungi—then start breaking into your savings.
Toscana (Brentwood): Chef Hugo Vasquez of Toscana is taking advantage of Italy's finest white truffles with a drool-inducing list of truffle-laden dishes. For appetizers, you'll find a velvety chestnut soup with shaved truffles ($45) and polenta with egg and truffles ($45), while main courses include risotto with white asparagus and truffles ($120) and Wagyu ribeye steak with fingerling potato purée ($150). Wine director Emily Johnston will be able to offer her ideal pairings—just get ready to splurge. Truffle dishes are available until the beginning of 2017 or as supplies last.
SAAM at The Bazaar (Beverly Hills): It's date night to the extreme—SAAM's annual White Truffle Dinner Series is back, saving relationships everywhere with an extravagant, sexy 16-course meal that highlights chef Aitor Lozano Zabala's extraordinary truffle dishes. Starting on October 20, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until November 19 guests can reserve a 6:30pm spot for the meal, which ranges from a tea broth made with white truffles, mint and lemon verbena distilled using a siphon, to foie donuts that incorporate foie gras cream, white truffle and a foie terrine glaze. Tickets are costly at $350 per person—then again, where else are you going to find white truffle and foie gras donuts?
Patina (Downtown): If you haven't yet treated yourself to a dinner at Patina, now's the time to get to this beautiful restaurant next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. From now until the end of December, chef Paul Lee is introducing a new seasonal menu with optional truffle supplements, including bone marrow custard, veal sweetbread and green circle chicken. Three courses start at $85 per person, six-courses at $125 and the white truffle supplement is $65 per dish.
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