Truffle season has commenced. The “White Diamonds of Alba” have finally made its way from Piedmont onto the menus of Hong Kong’s top eateries for that added extravagance to simple dishes. The musky and earthy aromas of the prized ingredient is only available for two months of the year, so there’s no time like now to get a whiff and taste of this season’s most exciting dishes.
With the season upon us, we explore the city to discover the most flavoursome dishes in honour of the rare white truffle.
Price: tasting menus range from HK$1,280 to HK$2,780 + 10%
Recommended dishes: ravioli stuffed with Castelmagno cheese
Where better to indulge in Piedmont’s most coveted white truffles than at the city’s most authentic fine dining Italian restaurant with a focus on Piedmont cuisine. Castellana, which opened its doors earlier this year, is excited to debut their white truffles and invite guests to select their own truffle from the glass case display. They can then shave to their heart’s content on each of their choice of tasting menus for both lunch and dinner.
Castellana Restaurant, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 3188 5028
Price: dishes start from HK$300
Recommended dishes: homemade tagliatelle pasta
Back by popular demand is DiVino’s “no menu, no limitations, and no rules” approach to devouring truffles. The Italian wine bar will be serving its usual a la carte menu along with a few new dishes that are designed specifically to spotlight the white truffle including the Pan-fried duck foie gras with chanterelle mushrooms and Alba truffles, and the Buffalo ricotta dumpling laid on a Grana Padano cream with “microplane” truffle petals.
DiVino, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2167 8883
Giando Italian Restaurant
Price: dishes range from HK$488 to HK$528 + 10%
Recommended dishes: slow-cooked Italian egg on Jerusalem artichokes cream and Homemade egg tagliolini with chicken broth
White truffles take centre stage at Giando, as the minimalistic menu only enhances the hero ingredient without stealing the spotlight. Here, the humble egg pairs perfectly with the richness of the white truffles and is interpreted in several ways depending on how guests prefer their eggs – be it scrambled, slow cooked or even in the form of pasta noodles. In addition, there are also other seasonal specialty dishes like the Fassona beef carpaccio and the Organic chicken supreme with marsala goose liver – all finished off with a generous five gram truffle shaving.
Giando Italian Restaurant, G/F, Starcrest Block 1, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2511 8912
Price: sets range from HK$870 to HK$1,200
Recommended dish: Zabaglione al Vov
The newly refurbished Grissini may have a new look, but the leading Italian restaurant is still serving up classics with a more approachable energy helmed by new Chef de Cuisine, Marcello Scognamiglio. In sync with the new opening is its new white truffle set lunch. Diners can choose from either two or three courses with a generous portion of white truffles atop the Poached egg with pecorino cheese and radicchio, Saffron pappardelle with wild boar ragout and Zabaglione dessert. These seasonal dishes are also available to order a la carte.
Grissini, 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2584 7722
La Petite Maison
Price: dishes range from HK$488 to HK$998 +10%
Recommended dish: Linguine Maison à la Truffe Blanche des Marches
Famed for its Niçoise cuisine, French restaurant La Petite Maison takes on the Italian delicacy to offer eight dishes using both black and white truffles from the woodlands of Marche. Where simplicity reigns supreme, freshly made pasta is tossed in a light cream sauce topped with truffle oil and can be topped with additional black or white shavings to best showcase its decadent characteristics. Aside from the pastas, guests are also invited to try out specially crafted dishes such as the Creamy burrata, Parmesan risotto, and Marche white truffle French soufflé.
La Petite Maison, H Queen’s, 23 – 29 Stanley Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2887 1113
Price: dishes range from HK$550 to HK$750 + 10%
Recommended dishes: Sicilian tiger prawn carpaccio and Tajarin artisan pasta
An institution when it comes to truffles, Nicholini’s autumn menu has returned year after year for its spot on delivery of Piedmontese dishes. This year, chef Riccardo has created a series of dishes on top of his classic pastas including the Pan-fried foie gras, Italian veal tenderloin and Sicilian tiger prawn carpaccio to pair with the prized white truffle. These special dishes are available a la carte while the option to order by the gram gives diners the freedom to enjoy as they please.
Nicholini’s, Level 8, Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong; +852 2822 8801
Price: HK$850 per person
Recommended dishes: wagyu beef carpaccio and black angus tagliata
For those that want truffles from start to finish, the honest Italian eatery Pirata is offering a special menu focusing on the classic pairings of Italian fare and white truffles. Diners can find classics like the wagyu beef carpaccio, Italian egg, homemade tagliatelle, black angus M3 striploin (a popular cut at the restaurant year round), and truffled mashed potatoes, before finishing with a smooth and sumptuous panna cotta.
Pirata, 30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong; +852 2887 0270
SKYE Rooftop and Dining
Price: HK$1,280, wine pairing option HK$650 + 10%
Recommended dishes: Hokkaido scallop tartare and Roast Challans Pigeon
Chef Adams of SKYE prepares a unique four-course dining experience featuring Alba truffles delivered straight from the Piedmont countryside. Adams thoughtfully pairs the gamey-ness of pigeon, nuttiness of chicken and freshness of seafood with the delicate flavours of white truffle to strike a harmonious balance. The dinner menu is available with a wine pairing option and guests will also be gifted a special truffle gift set to take home after their meal.
SKYE Roofbar and Dining, 27/F, The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong; +852 2839 3327
Price: dishes range from HK$418 too HK$508 + 10%
Recommended dishes: burrata with rocket and artichoke salad and black cod with chickpeas and wild mushrooms
SPIGA is known to serve homestyle rustic Italian fare, so it comes as no surprise that the LHT tower restaurant is celebrating the white truffle with a classic menu. Guests can choose from their a la carte menu of starters, pastas and main courses showcasing the aromas of the white diamonds. The Tagliolino pasta with black pepper and organic egg yolk and hearty Ribeye with rosemary mashed potatoes return after having earned a loyal following from previous years. All dishes are served with two grams of white truffles and additional shavings are available for those who can’t get enough.
SPIGA, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2871 0055
Price: dishes range from HK$360 to HK$1,180 + 10%
Recommended dishes: Aonori toast with sea urchin and Japanese wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu
When thinking of Italian white truffles, the first cuisine that comes to mind isn’t usually Japanese. However, the team at Zuma claim an innovative spot to bring regional flavours and textures together. A selection of six inventive white truffle dishes are created using fine Japanese techniques and ingredients. To our surprise, the Aonori toast with sea urchin combines the fresh sea brininess with earthy truffle aromas very well, for an exotic and well-balanced dish.
Zuma, Level 5 & 6, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 3657 6388