Update: Truffle Gourmet has been rebranded to Drinks & Co Kitchen, serving the good value drinks from Drinks & Co across the street with the cuisine of chef Okuno.
The city’s obsession with truffles shows no sign of abating, and new Club Street opening Truffle Gourmet looks to be yet another enabler for the foodie obsession with the fungi.
The concept is set up here by Florentine, a locally-based distributor of Italian products, but the Truffle Gourmet brand originates from the Langhe region of Piedmont in Italy, where owners of the fivestar Relais San Maurizio hotel have exported the restaurant as a way to showcase the wine and produce of its home region produce. This includes the white Alba truffles, for which it is famed. It’s only available for a limited time each year though, sniffed out by specially-bred Lagotto Romagnolo hounds from mid- October to December.
There are still plenty of black truffle varieties served in abundance on nearly every one of Truffle Gourmet’s dishes. To start, don’t miss a serving of uovo fritto ($16), created by the restaurant’s Takashi Okuno, a Japanese chef with Italian leanings, who trained at Relais San Maurizio’s one-Michelin-starred Guido da Costigliole restaurant for a month to get acquainted with TG’s processes. It consists of a beautiful, moreish mess of softboiled egg floating in a reservoir of black truffle-laced cream.
The raw veal tartare – the battuta di vitello ($26) – topped with a sprinkling of San Maurizio’s specialty black truffle ‘caviar’ (likely made by the molecular gastronomy technique of spherification) – is a more intimidating cake of bright red mince that’s substantial enough to share, but pretty one note on the tongue after a while. If your stomach and wallet will allow, opt to indulge a little more in the mains.The menu offers limited choices in its Primi and Secondi courses for the non-truffle eater, but clearly, you’re here to indulge in the fungi at their pretty democratic prices.
The server-recommended plin agnolotti ($28) – fork tender beef packed in handmade pasta drizzled with a beef sauce, black truffle cream and house-infused black truffle oil – is a good bet, as is the eight-inch platter of white sauce, black truffle cream, thin-crust pizza topped with mozzarella and egg ($25), though it’s only available at dinner. The risotto al parmigiano ($26, also available in a white Alba truffle version for $40) was a tad bit overcooked at our seating, but still allowed our one-gram’s worth of Alba shavings to peek through with its subtle perfume.
Complementary canapés (some of which are topped with truffles, no less), as well as smaller snacks like truffle fries ($12) – surprisingly light on the fragrance compared to other truffle fries in the city – can be ordered to accompany a peoplewatching drink at the Club Streetfacing outdoor perch. Beverages here are handled by ex-Bacchanalia barman, Kyrul Rizal, who has created a drinks menu of classic cocktails with helpful explanations to complement the selection of Italian-dominant Barbaresco, Barolo and Muscat wines harvested and cellared by the San Maurizio brand.
If the meal did sate your cravings for the fungi, the shaken play on the White Lady ($20) of gin, lemon truffle honey and egg whites, topped with a sliver of black (or white, if it’s in season) truffle might just take you to the peak of indulgence.
|Venue name:||Truffle Gourmet (CLOSED)||Contact:|
49 Club St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-midnight, Sat 5.30pm-midnight|
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