Only available for a few months throughout the year and foraged almost exclusively from one part of Italy (although Croatian truffles are making more of an appearance), truffles are a rare and luxurious commodity. From budget dishes to blowout dinners, chefs across London use this seasonal ingredient to show off their truffle-hunting connections every year. But you, gentle readers, have no need for a porcine creature to sniff them out, we’ve done that for you. Here’s our guide on where you can find them in London.
Served up with Champagne
Brunello at the Baglionli Hotel
60 Hyde Park Gate, Kensington, London SW7 5BB
If the idea of a truffle dinner isn't sufficiently luxe for you, how about pairing dishes with one of the world's best champagnes? From 10-20 November the six courses include quail eggs served with truffles, celeriac and leek compote paired with Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve and seabass fillet au gratin with pistachio served with a truffle sauce and paired with Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995. It's £150 per person. We were treated to this the other week and it's quite wonderful.
Shaved on to pasta
20 Savile Row, London W1S 3PR
The white truffle menu here is a thing of wonder - we were lucky enough to try one of Mazzei's dishes last year and urge you to order the tagliolini cacio e pepe with white truffle and Risotto Grana Padano Riserva. They even have a truffle-infused Zabaglione con tartufo bianco on the menu.
Served up at breakfast
Various London locations
The truffle Eggs Benedict at Tom’s Kitchen is a signature classic of the chain and features the standard brunch dish topped with truffle hollandaise and crispy parma ham. It's on the menu in Chelsea, Canary Wharf, St Katharine Docks and Somerset House
Loaded onto a veal chop
Le Coq d'Argent
1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
Coq d’Argent's 6-course truffle tasting menu runs from 30 October- 17 November and costs £90. Standout dishes include a Granny Smith and white truffle sorbet and this amazing looking rose veal cutlet topped with apple and truffle sauce with black truffle mash potatoes.
Stuffed into a chicken Kiev
The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Pl, St. James's, London SW1A 1NJ
This always-on dish at The Stafford London oozes truffle butter - so much so that anyone ordering it get a special leather bib to protect their clothes.
Topping off a burger
5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1NE
For the season, Little Social will be adding a truffle burger to the menu - topped with smoked cheddar, smoked streaky bacon and Little Social’s special burger sauce before Australian truffle is shaved on the top..
In a sausage roll
Temple and Sons
22 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
It doesn't have to be truffle season to try this City restaurant's Game & Truffle Sausage Roll. Best of all it comes with a load of mash and HP gravy.
Served up with porcini and polenta. Outdoors
8 Lancashire Ct, Mayfair, London W1S 1EY
Until 19 November, Hush Mayfair's courtyard sports an Italian forest makeover with a load of truffle specials on the menu. We're tempted by the Truffle & Porcini Mushrooms with Parmesan Polenta - £25.
Truffles with EVERYTHING at Trufflesecco
11 Camden High St, London NW1 7JE
The clue to the obsession at this newish Camden restaurant is in the name - it's all about truffles (and Prosecco). Seasonal dishes come and go, but one that's always on the menu is the burrata with fresh truffles and truffle salsa - a snip at £13. Or you can get it on truffles, in the croquettes - even on the cheesecake for dessert.
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught (above) has a five-course menu focusing on white Alba truffles including dishes such as Langoustine, Ricotta, XXL Scallop, Poulet de Bresse and White truffle from Alba at £295 per person.
Margot in Covent Garden is now serving a white truffle menu added it to scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms, Tagliolini, and Risotto.
Head to Blanchette Soho to order the dry-aged beef fillet with summer vegetable vinaigrette and fresh truffle (£14.95). Across town, in Brick Lane their sister restaurant has pork fillet with truffle and cauliflower puree (£9.50). www.blanchettelondon.co.uk
It's time to book for the Dock Kitchen's annual Piemonte truffle dinner which for £65 features white and black Piemonte truffles including a risotto bianco - with all the fresh white truffles shaved over the dishes at your table.
If you look for the seasonal cocktail menu at Wright Bros you'll find one called Toasted Truffle Honey which features Bacardi Carta Oro rum, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, Campari, double cream & truffle honey.
Newish Bethnal Green bar Coupette has a new brunch menu on featuring ‘Truffle Scrambled Eggs’, served on French loaf.
Skylon has a special truffle menu throughout November and December. The six-course tasting menu (£95pp) includes a dessert with Alpaco chocolate mousse, truffle soil, clementine and Angostura bitters.
And don't forget to try the bone marrow and truffle porridge on the menu at Rude Health in Fulham - an award-winning dish by Native in Covent Garden.