It’s officially truffle season…
While truffle is available all-year long (and Dubai restaurants certainly make the most of it) the rarer white truffle is available from Autumn through to December, with November and December the best months to enjoy it.
If you’re a truffle fan, restaurants across Dubai have devised special menus for you to indulge all of your truffle-cravings. Here’s where you can enjoy truffle menus across the city…
Atelier M’s a la carte menu is already filled with delicious truffle dishes, but this month they are running a seven-course (yes, seven) truffle-dedicated menu sure to please Dubai’s devotees. Dishes featured include white truffle pearl with gold caviar, slow braised Kobe beef cheeks and a chocolate mousse with truffle ice cream to finish. You’ll even get a truffle cocktail to start – so this is one for the real truffle aficionado’s.
Atelier M, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat to Wed 6pm to 2am, Thurs & Fri, 6pm to 3am, valid until November 30, Dhs599. Tel: (04) 450 7766. atelierm.ae
Ultra-cool DIFC restaurant, Roberto’s are so serious about truffle that they have flown over to Dubai ‘master of truffle’ chef, Giuseppe Barbero, for their special Postcard Series event. Taking place on Saturday, November 23, the five-course set menu will feature dishes inspired by the Italian city of Alba, which is known as the ‘white truffle capital of the world’. Menu highlights include beef tartare with white truffle, grilled veal tenderloin, cauliflower and truffle and a delicious dessert of white chocolate and grand Padano cheese mousse with truffle. Bellissimo.
Roberto’s, DIFC, Gate Village, Downtown Dubai, November 23, Dhs495, wine pairing Dhs250 extra. Tel: (04) 386 0066. robertos.ae
Leonardo Da Vinci-inspired Italian restaurant, Leonardo don’t do things by halves when it comes to truffle. They’ve prepared a special menu that features dishes for both vegetarians and the rather more carnivorous of diners. For starter, try the slow cook egg with sweet pumpkin, parmesan foam and white truffle (Dhs75), followed by the black cod with Jerusalem artichokes, white truffle and porcini mushroom ragout. Don’t fancy any of those? You can add white or black truffle to any dish on the menu, paying Dhs35 per gram for black and Dhs50 per gram for white and you can even chose your preferred strength or flavour.
Leonardo’s, Al Mattla’ee Street, Dubai, 6pm to 11.30pm, daily. Tel: (04) 563 5555. facebook.com/leonardodubai
For a whole month, authentic Italian restaurant, Trattoria Toscana will be serving four special dishes to celebrate the indulgent truffle flavouring. It’s running until December 8 and you can choose from pasta and pizza options as well as the Wagyu cheek in red wine, truffle potato puree and baby carrots – all served with a generous four-gram shaving of Italian black truffle. Prices range from Dhs148 to Dhs255.
Trattoria Toscana, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 12pm to 11.45pm, daily, offer available until December 8. Tel: (800) 666353. jumeirah.com
Throughout November, BiCE Ristorante have a dedicated truffle menu on throughout November to satisfy all of your decadent cravings. Dig into a steaming tower of pasta with delicate shavings of white truffle peppered over the top as well as other dishes designed by Italian head chef Davide Gardini.
BiCE Ristorante, Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm daily, valid until end of November. Tel: (04) 318 2520. facebook.com/bicedubai
Signature dishes from all over the world will be given a truffle makeover with Teatro’s black autumn truffle menu. Take your pick from dishes like New Zealand lamb rack, Australian wagyu striploin, pizza or pasta, or be adventurous and try the grilled octopus tentacles.
Teatro, Rotana Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 6pm to 11.15pm, daily, valid throughout November. Tel: (04) 321 2202. rotana.com
Upscale Dubai Mall resident restaurant GIA’s November truffle menu is influenced by the Italian region of Alba which is famous for the high quality of its Alba White truffle. You’ll be able to add an extra touch of decadence to any dish on the menu, with a gram of white truffle shaving priced at Dhs55.
GIA, Dubai Mall, Financial Centre Road, Dubai, 9am to 1am, daily. Tel: (04) 234 9986. facebook.com/gia.dubai
For the ultimate sophisticated dining experience, Pierchic needs to be on your radar. The beautiful seafood-speciality restaurant is set out on its own jetty, with floor to ceiling windows and unparalleled views of the Burj Al Arab and beyond. This month, they’ve created a special five-course set menu, to compliment truffle in all its glory. Save it for that special date night, as it’s a rather pricey Dhs990 per person.
Pierchic, Al Qasr at Madinat, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3pm, 6.30pm to 11pm, daily, menu available until January 10. Tel: (800) 666 353. pierchic.com
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