Truffle season has arrived in Macau! Long considered a delicacy used by gourmet chefs at many a luxury restaurant, November and December are the best months of the year to dine on this fine seasonal fungus. Macau is known for its variety when it comes to dining, but truffle is rare and so some restaurants are taking their truffle offerings to the next level over the next few months. Here are our top restaurant picks to savor white and black truffles this November and December.
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At St. Regis Macao they have a “Captivated by Nature” promotion running in November featuring special dishes such as Daniel Sorlut oysters with Baikal caviar, pumpkin and white truffle soup, Glacier 51 toothfish and a white chocolate truffle crème brûlée. In December, a new menu will focus on black truffle and feature specialty dishes including the luxurious Hokkaido scallop, Rémi Ramon yellow Spring chicken “in half-mourning”, and a unique black truffle chocolate mille-feuille. Black truffles grow in several countries across the world, but the most sought-after varieties are only found in the mountainous regions of central and northern Italy, and these will be on offer during the special promotion in December. They grow underground attached to tree roots and are ‘unearthed’ by specially trained truffle dogs that use their heightened sense of smell to find them.
When: The White Truffle Season: November 1–30, 2018; The Black Truffle Season: December 1–31, 2018
How much: White Truffle Season: Dishes from MOP $198; Set dinner, MOP $1,288 per person; Selected wine pairing at MOP $300; Extra freshly shaved white truffles at MOP $128 (about 3 grams)
Black Truffle season: Dishes from MOP $168; Set dinner, MOP $688 per person; Selected wine pairing at MOP $200; premium wine pairing at MOP $998; Extra freshly shaved black truffles at MOP $88 (about 3 grams)
In December, restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana will have a six-hands dinner with chef Umberto Bombana, known as “The King of White Truffle” and the founder of the restaurant’s chain. He joins in-house chef Antimo Merone and Shanghai chef Riccardo La Perna for a white truffle dining experience to remember. This one-night-only dinner will feature seven different dishes with the choice of wine pairing for all of them, or just three. The menu includes oysters, roe deer with spinach, hazelnut and Alba white truffle, ricotta gnocchi, wild turbot with Alba white truffle, and many more.
When: Friday, December 7, 2018
How much: MOP $2,280 per person
(MOP $2,580 with three glasses of wine or MOP $2,880 with six glasses of wine)
For more information and bookings, visit the event’s official page or call +853 8886 2169
TRUFFLE SHAVING AT CAFFÉ B
Caffé B is inviting all foodies to enjoy shaved truffles this season! Take inspiration from the Italians and bond with your loved ones over great food. Nothing is better after a long day than dining out with some deliciously fresh food, followed by a delightfully sweet dessert. Caffé B Macau is the place to be for this – located right in the hub of Macau’s Nam Van Lake, they serve up a fine selection of Italian fare in a sleek, contemporary setting. For your carbs crave we suggest you try homemade spaghetti with swordfish and porcini mushroom or homemade double eggs tagliolini. You can also opt for the roasted cod or a sumptuous selection of meat for the main course. Piedmont white truffle will make each of these dishes just a little bit better.
When: November–December 31, 2018
Where: Caffé B, Lake View Mansion Block 1, 744G-H Avenida Panorâmica do Lago Nam Van, Macau
How much: MOP $80 for fresh truffle shavings
Bene’s “White Truffles at their Finest” menu in November includes poached white asparagus with seared Hokkaido scallops and guanciale cured pork cheek with salmon trout roe, plus braised beef cheek with Barolo wine as well as white truffle tiramisu with gianduja gelato – all served with shavings of white truffle. Hungry yet? In December, a new menu will focus on black truffle, featuring specialty dishes such as baby kale with parma ham and goat cheese salad, butter-roasted rainbow trout wrapped in parma ham, and a special black truffle pannacotta. An optional beverage pairing package includes a range of prosecco and Italian wines from all over Italy designed specifically to bring out the delicious flavors of the truffle in each dish.
When: White Truffles at their Finest: November 1–30, 2018
Black Truffles at their Finest: December 1–23, 2018
How much: White Truffles at their Finest: 4-course set dinner at MOP $588 per person; Selected set menu wine pairing at MOP $198; Extra freshly shaved white truffles at MOP $128 (about 3 grams)
Black Truffles at their Finest: Dishes from MOP $168; 4-course set dinner at MOP $588 per person; Selected set menu wine pairing at MOP $198; Extra freshly shaved black truffles at MOP $88 (about 3 grams)
WHITE ALBA TRUFFLES AT BRASSERIE
Brasserie at Parisian Macao is also offering shaved truffles to lovers of French cuisine and food in general. This classic brasserie-style restaurant celebrates old French traditions – they have a great atmosphere and you can enjoy a warm, typical French meal. The Brasserie at The Parisian Macao features some of France’s most popular and authentic dishes, made from recipes honed to perfection across centuries with extra truffle shavings promising to take a meal here to new heights.
How much: MOP $65 per (truffle) gram