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Places for Truffles

Date: 05.11.10 Category:

“Truffle season is upon us and menus across the city are complementing their offerings with this heavenly fungus. Thank you truffle pigs!”

Forget Bonfire Night, Christmas, Parties and the like, the season to be most excited about is Truffle Season.

My pick of the restaurants that are incorporating truffles into their dishes until the end of the season (roughly mid-December) - though not offering specific menus - are Babbo (where there are a few special options that the chef does every day, and also the opportunity to add truffles to any dish), Cecconi's (where they are offering a daily special dish), Il Convivio (where there are 3 different dishes on offer or - for £14 per gram - truffles can be added on any dish), and Ristorante Semplice and Zafferano - both of which are offering special dishes such as carpaccio, scrambled eggs, risotto and pasta with the option of adding truffles.

Until the end of the season, Alba will be doing a  6 course, White Truffle menu for £75 per head (or adding truffles to pasta, eggs, risotto and carpaccio for around £40). Bocca di Lupo is offering a special truffle menu in their PDR for private events (and they will add truffles on request to the main menu in the restaurant). L'Anima is running  a white truffle menu (for lunch and dinner) and Locanda Locatelli has also created a special menu comprising of 7 dishes: 3 starters, 3 mains and even a dessert. Refettorio at the Crowne Plaza Hotel will be running a truffle menu from 25th November onwards. 

For specific Truffle events, on 9th November, Polpo is hosting a one-off truffle evening with wine experts (Piemonte wines) for £85 per person. Please call 07521176287 for details, quoting Lady Blonde. And Negozio Classica is creating a special 4 course menu for £150 per person including wine (plus 10% service charge) which will run from 23rd to 27th November (if you are after a reservation for more than 2 people only Saturday 27th November is still available).

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Babbo

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Babbo

Restaurant

"Oozing with old-fashioned charm and serving traditional Italian dishes, Babbo is the daddy."

39 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JQ

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Cecconi’s

Cecconi’s

Restaurant

"Cecconi's will see you through from a business breakfast to a dashing dinner date."

5A Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP

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Il Convivio

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Il Convivio

Restaurant

"Relaxed and informal, Il Convivio is a low key Italian on Ebury Street, ideal for an impromptu bite to eat. "

143 Ebury Street, London SW1W 9QN

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Ristorante Semplice

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Ristorante Semplice

Restaurant

"Fabulous Italian food, in a wonderfully central location."

9/10 Blenheim Street, London W1S 1LJ

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Zafferano

Zafferano

Restaurant

"This Michelin-starred Italian is a destination restaurant as well as a hit with the locals. "

15 Lowndes Street, London SW1X 9EY

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Alba

Alba

Restaurant

"Authentic Italian in a slick setting with a coffee shop serving delicious Italian pastries."

107 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JH

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Bocca di Lupo

Bocca di Lupo

Restaurant

"Relaxed, refined and with regional cuisine, you'll go loopy for Bocca di Lupo."

12 Archer Street, London W1D 7BB

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L'Anima

L'Anima

Restaurant

"A sophisticated Italian in the heart of The City - perfect for business lunches."

1 Snowden Street, London EC2A 2DQ

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Locanda Locatelli

Locanda Locatelli

Restaurant

"With a name as fabulously Italian as that, how could it fail? Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli is a truly wonderful restaurant."

8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ

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Refettorio

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Refettorio

Restaurant

"A traditional Italian in the heart of The City, directed by Michelin-starred chef Giorgio Locatelli."

Crowne Plaza, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB

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Polpo & The Campari Bar

Polpo & The Campari Bar

Restaurant with bar

"You can't book ahead but there's a reason why people are prepared to queue."

41 Beak Street, London W1F 9SB

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Negozio Classica

Negozio Classica

Restaurant with bar

"A great date place, Negozia Classica is charming, relaxed and alluring, serving incredible wine and authentic Italian food in an..."

283 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2QA

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