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Autumn ushers in many things in Hong Kong. Along with shorter days and a (slight) chill in the air, the season also signals the harvest of a certain coveted ingredient from Alba, a small town in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy: the white truffle. Unique and unforgettable, the rich and earthy aroma of white truffles leaves quite the impression on the palate. From seasonal specials to tasting menus, here is our pick of the best white truffle menus to try in Hong Kong in 2023.
Rosewood’s Italian restaurants are celebrating the seasonal truffle with a series of offerings, all featuring the prized white truffle. For a casual affair, patrons can savour a selection of specials that feature the superb ingredient at BluHouse, including burrata di Andria adorned with shavings of truffle, beef carpaccio topped with Parmesan and white truffle, and the tagliolini al tartufo. Book your table here.
For a more elevated experience, The Dining Room is offering a five-course tasting menu that showcases the rich and diverse qualities of white truffle. Beginning with the uovo soffice—poached egg with spinach, potato foam, and white truffle—patrons can also look forward to exquisite items such as homemade tagliolini with Parmesan, and white truffle and poached organic yellow chicken. For dessert, the menu includes a delicate and fragrant chestnut mousse with pecan biscuit and white truffle. Reserve your spot here.
The Spanish restaurant Rústico is enriching its signature Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of luxury this season by incorporating Alba white truffle into its offerings. Highlights include poached egg and Spanish potatoes topped with white truffle caps, homemade tagliatelle with mushroom jus, Parmesan, and generous shavings of white truffle, and beef carpaccio with Manchego cheese, arugula, black olive, and pine-nut dressing. To conclude, the Rústico tiramisu foam is garnished with white truffle shavings for a sweet-and-savoury experience.
Rústico, Shop G01, G/F, D2 Place One, 9 Cheung Yee Street, Lai Chi Kok
Experience the rich and fragrant flavour of white truffle at LucAle this season. The acclaimed Sai Ying Pun trattoria is introducing four dishes that highlight the rare produce. The pumpkin cream combines autumnal flavours of pumpkin with slow-cooked egg, potato foam, and white truffle shavings; the raviolo gigante con ricotta is elevated with the earthy aroma of white truffle; and the zuppa Inglese—chocolate mousse and English custard layered with sponge cake dipped in Alchermes liqueur—makes for the perfect ending to your meal.
LucAle, Shop A, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
This season, Pirata is offering a limited and exclusive dining experience to truffle lovers. On 29 November only, guests are invited to indulge in a seasonal white truffle dinner which showcases the complex flavours of the coveted ingredient over a four-course meal. The Alba truffle will grace the menu with its presence, from the antipasti selection all the way to dolci servings. Highlights include the asparagus and white Alba truffle garden flan, stuffed chicken rolata with white Alba truffle jus and mashed potatoes, and a vanilla gelato with Alba white truffle. Upgrade your dinner with an added wine-pairing option. Book your table here.
Pirata, 29/F–30/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
This white truffle season, Tosca di Angelo is introducing a series of dining experiences for patrons to indulge in. Five white truffle specials are brought to the table, all of which showcase the unique flavours of the seasonal white gem alongside homemade fettuccine, risotto Acquerello, gelato, and more. Additionally, diners can enjoy Tosca di Angelo’s tasting menus with added generous shavings of white truffle. Make a reservation here.
Tosca di Angelo, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui
For a bit of a change, head over to Aqua for a five-course experience that showcases the complex flavour combination of white truffle with Japanese recipes. Highlights of the menu include seared Kagoshima Wagyu beef with pumpkin, dashi ponzu jelly, and white truffle; risotto with Jerusalem artichoke, crispy guanciale, Parmesan, and white truffle; and sliced Wagyu beef sirloin sukiyaki with Japanese barley and onsen egg in stone pot with white truffle. To indulge in before, with, or after the white truffle feast, try the Toryufu Sour, a decadent cocktail that blends white truffle-infused tequila with yuzu liqueur.
Aqua, 17/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Diners are treated to a series of elevated home-style delicacies at Cantina this white truffle season. The coveted ingredient from Alba will grace selected staples from Cantina’s menu, including beef tartare with rice chips, hazelnuts, and egg yolk; Parmesan risotto with porcini mushrooms; and the dreamy mascarpone cream and caramelised Piedmont hazelnuts.
Cantina, Police Headquarters, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Famed for its authentic Piedmont cuisine, it is no surprise that Castellana has featured Alba white truffle in its latest offerings. Patrons are invited to embark on an exquisite culinary journey with the five-course Alba white truffle menu, where Northern Italian delicacies meet the complex flavours of white truffle. The experience begins with a delicate ricotta foam with sea urchin, oysters, plankton, and truffle shavings, followed by hearty items such as homemade ravioli filled with Castelmagno cheese and white truffle, seared quail with baked potatoes and white truffle, and zabaione—Italian custard with hazelnut biscuit and white truffle. Take your experience to the next level with an added wine-pairing option. Learn more about the menu here.
Castellana, 1/F, Club Lusitano Building, 16 Ice House Street, Central
Giando is introducing a series of dishes that puts forward the diverse flavours of the prized white truffle. The Alba’s white truffle specials menu features five classic recipes, all sprinkled with generous shavings of the coveted ingredient. Highlights include scrambled eggs on 36-month-aged Parmesan cheese fondue, homemade tagliolini, and veal chop with mashed potatoes and porcini mushrooms.
Giando, Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
Savour the “white diamond” with a twist at The Chinese Library this season. A series of signatures and specials, including chrysanthemum silken tofu in chicken broth, braised king crab and winter melon soup, or a light tofu panna cotta with matcha green tea cake and toffee are all elevated with generous shavings of white truffle.
The Chinese Library, Police Headquarters, Block 01, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central
Enjoy a series of white truffle specials at LPM Restaurant and Bar! The white gem of the season is the star of a series of dishes full of aroma. The selection includes a creamy burrata drizzled with white truffle vinaigrette and topped with truffle shavings, a choice of signature homemade pasta served in a light cream sauce and sprinkled with white truffle shavings, and scrambled eggs with cream that come with generous shavings of white truffle.
LPM Restaurant and Bar, H Queen’s, 23–29 Stanley Street, Central
Simplicity is key in Vista’s white truffle season special. The white truffle tagliolini makes the prized ingredient shine, complementing its rich and earthy flavours with homemade tagliolini tossed in a light yet creamy sauce. Diners can also give a brand-new tipple a try—the truffle mezcal Negroni, puts a twist on the classic cocktail where complex and bitter notes are stimulated by a slice of white truffle.
Vista, 29/F–30/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
As truffle season rolls around, Japanese restaurant Zuma embarks on an exquisite tasting journey with its latest white truffle menu. Highlights of the menu include the thinly sliced sea bass with yuzu, truffle oil, and salmon roe, Wagyu tataki with truffle ponzu, and seasonal mushrooms kamameshi rice with truffle butter. Round off your meal with the refreshing white chocolate truffle molten cake with yuzu sorbet. Add to your truffle tasting experience with two truffle-infused cocktails: the Aki Sour and the Shironi.
Zuma, 5/F–6/F, Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Shake Shack is bringing back its popular white truffle menu this season! Diners are treated to a selection of elevated classics, including the white truffle burger, white truffle ‘shroom burger, and white truffle fries, available from 14 November to 14 January.