Decadent Truffle Menus Are Popping Up In Melbourne & Sydney For Winter
— Updated on 10 August 2022

Decadent Truffle Menus Are Popping Up In Melbourne & Sydney For Winter

— Updated on 10 August 2022
Chris Singh
Chris Singh

Given what’s happened over the past few years, you may have forgotten just how obsessive some of Australia’s best chefs can get when truffle season rolls around. Considering we have the likes of Tasmania, Western Australia and Canberra growing some of the best truffles in the Southern Hemisphere, these decadent – often divisive – fungi, when sourced correctly, have been known to elevate everything from omelettes and steak to seafood and even just some plain salted butter. As such, it’s always worth spending winter hunting down the best truffle dinners and menus in city’s like Sydney and Melbourne given our best dining rooms are going to be filled with the unmistakable aroma all season long anyway.

With both city’s steadily springing back to life, we’re seeing a staged comeback of some of the most popular food and drink events that regularly rolled around pre-pandemic. For example, the Night Noodle Markets are set for a big return later this year, though insatiable foodies are going to have to wait a few months for the chaotic hawker-style event. To whet your culinary whistle for winter, it’s best to set your sights on the following limited edition truffle dinners and menus before the season comes to a close.

The earthy, umami flavour-enhancing savour known as truffle is, after all, a hyper-seasonal ingredient which unfortunately has a tainted reputation off-season because just about every modern cafe uses the shaved saviour to add a pop of luxury to their most expensive dishes. To restore a bit of faith in the premium fungi make sure you’re targeting restaurants that are using the ingredient properly rather than just lazily shaving it on for no rhyme or reason.

We’re broken our favourite menus down by city, seeing as most of Australia’s more extravagant and substantial truffle dinners and menus seem to be clustered around Sydney and Melbourne this season.

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Sydney Truffle Dinners & Menus

Civico 47, Paddington

One of the newer Italian restaurants to spruce up the city’s already firm grip on quality pasta joints is Civico 47. Powered by executive chef Matteo Zamboni, known widely for his work at Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s, the restaurant carves out the former Lucio’s Paddington on Windsor Street.

The Italian kitchen will be trudging into a very productive truffle season by hosting a four-course truffle menu priced at $175 per person, with the option for paired wines at an additional $120 per person. The first night planned has already sold out so a second has been added for Wednesday, July 27th. Head along to that and you’ll get a four-courser with dishes like beef carpaccio with enoki mushrooms and roasted dry-aged duck with Jerusalem artichoke and truffle. Guests will also receive a gift from fine food specialist Gourmet Life.

Given the July dinner is likely to sell out as well it’s worth keeping a look out for more truffle dinners to be added just in case.

Botswana Butchery, Sydney CBD

As one of the primary fixtures of the new MLC Centre over at Martin Place, Botswana Butchery has been steadily attracting rave reviews and upping the city’s already solid spread of dedicated steakhouses considerably. With meat the main focus of chef Darren Templeton’s menu, the massive 300-seat restaurant is well-placed to highlight the seasonal delicacy in question with a truffle-loaded degustation.

Priced at $180 per person ($250 per person if you want some great wines with it), the truffle menu is now available for bookings with dishes like wood-grilled scallops with truffle labneh, dry-aged steak with shaved truffle and a pinot jus, and truffle-infused yellowfin tuna with crispy brussel sprouts. Even if you don’t score a booking, head to the rooftop to truffle jaffles and wagyu truffle sliders.

Hello Auntie, Darling Square & Marrickville

Hello Auntie, both in Darling Square and Marrickville, is one of the best Asian-fusion restaurants in Sydney right now and proves it with a very confident, creative truffle menu that interestingly takes Australia’s favourite seasonal mushroom and blends it with modern takes on Vietnamese food. Try the simple, straight forward and incredibly addictive truffle egg noodles soaked in a rich truffle sauce with crispy pork lardons and freshly shaved truffle, or the fascinating and unique Sebago hand-cut chips and fried halloumi covered in a thick and gravy-like wild mushroom truffle ragu then finish it off with a simple truffle cheesecake – where the truffle importantly doesn’t overwhelm the sweet, smooth and silky dessert.

SOUL Deli, Surry Hills

All season this excellent contemporary Korean cafe will be loading the kitchen’s usual menu with twists inspired by the shaved saviour, making it a bit more accessible for people who don’t necessarily want to procure a booking in order to enjoy some truffle dishes. The likes of truffle chicken porridge and a Korean caviar omelette with truffle have been the most popular dishes on the menu thusfar, but there are also a few sweeter options like truffle choux with cookie crust and truffle cream and a few truffle-infused teas as well.

Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Sydney CBD

As one of Sydney’s best restaurants, it’s always worth paying attention when CBD favourite Bentley Restaurant & Bar steps up to the season with a one-off menu. For truffle season, that’s this nine-course feast with dishes such as potato damper with truffle cream and urchin, lobster and Jerusalem artichoke and truffle, and honey ice cream with mandarin and truffle.

This one is set for Tuesday, July 5th and word on the street is that it’s close to selling out so if you’ve got a singular love of truffle-infused fine dining then best to get a move on.

Three Williams Cafe, Redfern

Pre-pandemic, Three Williams Cafe was always ahead of the curb when it came to celebrate truffle season in creative and unexpected ways. For the first proper truffle season since 2020, the warehouse-cum-hipster-hub will be doing what it does best with the kitchen’s limited edition truffle menu. Already Sydney’s brunch crowd have been flooded into the space, working their way through dishes like the mafaldine pasta with red wine beef cheek ragu, pickled tarragon kohlrabi, culture sour cream and black truffle shaving (pictured above), and the baked truffle pear poached in mulled wine with cinnamon puff pastry, vanilla truffle custard, ice cream and walnut cookie crumble.

Cucina Porto, Pyrmont

Cucina Porto opened at The Star as the precinct’s resident Italian restaurant in 2020, quickly becoming one of the complex’s most valuable players for anyone after a casual Italian feast before heading on over to see a show at the Lyric Theatre. Much like some of the other restaurants at The Star, such as the longstanding BLACK and Flying Fish, this Italian eatery has spun a tight little limited edition truffle menu with dishes such as truffle gnocchi and truffle beef carpaccio. There’s also the option to add truffle to any other of the regular dishes on the menu without having to pay too much extra.

Quick Brown Fox, Pyrmont

Quick Brown Fox is widely known as one of the best cafes in the Darling Harbour / Pyrmont area, especially when it comes to a nice, low-key brunch with a few quality glasses of wine or one of the small team’s primo hot chocolates. The family-owned eatery inside a heritage cottage is one of the area’s best-kept local secrets year-round, but aside from their great sense of value and flavour with regular menu musts like the crab linguine and the incredibly fresh melon and proscuitto, the short-and-sweet truffle menu is an absolute winner this year. Think mac & cheese & truffle burgers that go down a treat without leaving you feeling overly bloated, and an earthy umami-bomb of truffle chicken congee that’s one of the more interesting truffle dishes we’ve seen around Sydney this season.

Melbourne Truffle Dinners & Menus

Rosetta Ristorante, Southbank

Every Wednesday from now until July 29th, the ritzy Roesetta Ristorante in Crown Melbourne will be staging a four-course truffle menu with matching wines priced at $389 per person. It’s one of the punchier truffle menus going around Melbourne this season, with set dishes like tagliollini with guanciale, shaved truffle and egg yolk, roasted spatchcock stuffed with mushroom, sage, sausage and truffle cream, and a dark chocolate dessert with ricotta and truffle tartufo, honeycomb and chocolate soil.

Añada, Fitzroy

Anada has made an annual truffle lunch somewhat of a tradition for the popular Gertrude Street restaurant. This year, the kitchen will be rearing up to celebrate the end of the truffle season on Sunday, July 23rd with a $120 per person menu that celebrates what happens when you take the ultimate pop of umami and shave it onto modern Spanish classics.

From the menu, expect the likes of Akoya pearl oyster with oyster mushroom pincho and truffle butter, potato and truffle tortilla with truffle aioli, and truffled basque cheesecake with roasted quince.

Nomad, Melbourne CBD

Nomad is still fairly fresh-faced for Melbourne’s upscale dining crowd, so truffle season is a good excuse to head along and finally see what all the fuss is about. The Sydney-born restuarant brand will be looking to make a sizable impact by doing things a bit differently than just shaving some truffle on some pasta, offering an elevated truffle brunch every Sunday throughout winter with dishes like hash browns with truffle and ham hock, three-cheese Lebanese pie with truffle. No doubt the kitchen will also be finding a way to sneak some truffle onto their famous olive oil ice-cream sandwiches.

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Chris Singh
Chris is a freelance Travel, Food, and Technology writer. He has had work published by The AU Review, Junkee Media and Australian Traveller Media and holds tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Sociology.


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