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A plate of pasta with black truffles on top
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Where to eat truffles in Sydney

Our guide to all the places serving the ultimate winter delicacy

By Chloe Collard
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Truffles are a fragrant fungi traditionally from cool, wet and fertile regions like France and northern Italy, and they’re only available in winter, making them a delicacy with a strictly limited season. They are hunted out by sniffling pigs and are famously expensive, but people pay the asking price to add their full-bodied earthiness in rich European fare.

Once a rarity exclusive to the faraway foodies of Europe, Australia’s home grown truffle scene has exploded over the last two decades thanks to dedicated truffle farmers in Tasmania, NSW and Western Australia, allowing chefs to bring this pungent delicacy to our tables in increasingly creative forms.

As this year's season kicks off we’ve rounded up all the places for you to indulge in Sydney’s true winter heroes; the truffle.

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Where to eat truffles in Sydney

1. Otto Ristorante Sydney

Restaurants Italian Woolloomooloo

If you’re confident in your truffle-pairing skills, head to Otto Ristorante at the Wharf in Woolloomooloo and take advantage of their truffle service by adding the fragrant funghi to any dish of your choosing, with a theatrical silver service presentation at your table. Try thin fungi shavings on the Jerusalem artichoke and slipper lobster soup or the pork, fennel and pecorino ragu.

Photograph: Guy Davies

2. Bopp and Tone

Restaurants Modern Australian Sydney

This Carrington Street restaurant is serving up Mediterranean–inspired braised veal shin to CBD punters all winter with healthy servings of Mount Majura black truffles and white polenta. Accompany your truffled veal with a Davidson Plum Sour with pepperberry tequila to double down on earthy flavours.

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3. New Shanghai - CBD

Restaurants Sydney

Casual Chinese restaurant and dumpling bar New Shanghai is bringing a truffle menu to it’s Sydney venues during winter, featuring black truffle xiao long bao and pot stickers for your truffle snack fix. They’re also offering a truffle twist to the classics with a truffle fried rice, making it one of the few Chinese venues in Sydney taking the truffle plunge.

4. Butter

Restaurants Surry Hills

Butter is taking truffle fusion where few else dare tread this season. The fried chicken purveyors of Surry Hills are serving up a luxe Manjimup truffle honey butter on their O.G. chicken sandwich for $24, and allowing you to up the aromatic ante on their winter classic; the fried chicken ramen, with an extra eight grams of fresh truffle shavings for $20.

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5. Three Williams

Restaurants Redfern

For the third year in a row Three Williams Café is offering the only dedicated truffle menu in Redfern. The café’s ‘Celebrating Truffles’ menu is providing seven truffled-up dishes like a crispy truffle skin chicken breast and a big breakfast with truffle provolone sausage. If you prefer your truffle a little earlier in the day and a little lighter, they’re also offering five grams of extra truffle on all you’re brunch favourites for $15.

6. The Gantry Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants Modern Australian Dawes Point

The Truffle Festival Association, in partnership with Walsh Bay’s Pier One Hotel, is celebrating the flavourful fungus and keeping it local with a showcase of truffle produce from Canberra and the Southern Highlands. The Gantry is serving a six–course truffle degustation on Friday June 21, going all out fancy with dishes like truffle goose liver parfait and raw scallops with truffle and sea urchin. If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, smokehouse the Kerrigan is offering up a luxe truffle toastie with truffle pecorino, and Pier One Hotel is catering to all your harbourside brunch needs with truffled eggs benedict and breakfast tortillas.

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7. Capriccio Osteria

Restaurants Italian Leichhardt

Enjoy a night of truffles and natural wine this Wed June 12 in the Italian heart of Sydney – Leichhardt. Capriccio Osteria is holding a showcase of the season’s best truffles from head chef Nicole Bampton’s home in W.A. For $89 a person you can expect a six course truffle menu including porcini-seared scallops with truffle parsnip puree and roasted chicken skin and passionfruit tart with black truffle rice Ice-cream. Each dish is paired with natural wines from regional Italy.

Truffle hotcakes in a pan, presented on a wooden chopping board with jug of sauce
Photograph: John Puah

8. Devon Barangaroo

Restaurants Cafés Barangaroo

Chef Zachary Tan is keeping it casual with a limited edition truffle menu for his Sydney cafés, creating a mix of modern Japanese and classic French dishes. There’s puffed salmon skin with aburi avocado, kombu and fresh truffle, but if you’re more of a sweet-tooth Devon is offering truffle hotcakes with whipped cream cheese and maple, as well as a ‘tres leche’ lost bread (French toast) with warm truffle custard. You can even add extra truffle, or make any dish a double truffle special for $28.

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9. Toko - Surry Hills

Bars Surry Hills

The Japanese izakaya nestled in Surry Hills is introducing a brand new $16 truffle ramen to the menu with a hojicha green tea egg and truffle cabbage. Toko Sydney is bringing back it’s annual ramen with the option to add bottomless prosecco and rosé to your Saturday lunch this winter.

People eating gelato at night at Messina Eats Rosebery
Photograph: Michael Cross

10. Gelato Messina - Rosebery

Restaurants Rosebery

The eight-course truffle degustation of gelato, sorbet and granita from ice cream kings Messina has returned for another year. For $160 per head, it’ll take you on a journey through truffled savoury and sweet dishes from head chef Remi Talbot. Using Perigord truffles – the most expensive variety in the world – the tasting menu features French brioche an foie gras gelato with black truffle sauce and roasted east-Asian kombu with truffle citrus compote. The menu is available by reservation from July 4-13, and if Messina’s store lines are anything to go by, it ought to fill up quick.

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11. Fratelli Fresh Bridge St

Restaurants Sydney

The Fratelli Fresh empire is serving the people of Sydney with a series of dinners showcasing Australian truffles in a four-course menus for $69 pp. From June 17-20 you can dine on ricotta agnolotti in truffle butter, wagyu rump with truffle mash and a truffle-infused tiramisu.

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