Where To Eat Truffle in London

By Ellie Smith

7 months ago

All hail the mighty truffle


Nothing says winter like the unmistakable waft of truffle. Fragrant, rich and pricey, it’s one of the most luxurious ingredients out there. The ancient Greeks called it the food of the Gods – a title upheld today by its legions of fans. As food writer Rowan Jacobsen told us: ‘Truffles have been revered as having the greatest aroma of any natural food since Ancient Roman times, and they have been a staple on luxury restaurant tables since the 1800s.’ With truffle season just arrived, we’ve rounded up the best places to eat it across the capital.

Where To Eat Truffle in London

The Goring

Truffle dish at The Goring

One of the capital’s most iconic hotels, The Goring is renowned for its dining offering – which is set to get even more exciting this November thanks to a partnership with Italian property Villa La Massa. For three nights only, the hotel is hosting a series of dinners designed to bring the Tuscan truffle season to London, helmed by head chefs Stefano Ballarino (Villa La Massa) and Graham Squire (The Goring). Diners will be treated to an impressive feast centred around the luxurious ingredient, kicking off with a selection of seasonal canapes and starters of The Goring’s Drumkilbo with native lobster and tomato, and Clarence Court egg with alba truffle. Next there’s a potato ravioli with robiola maremma cheese, and crispy dry aged beef fillet – both topped with winter truffle. Finish on a sweet note with a ricotta tart, followed by petit fours. It’s set to be the ultimate dinner for truffle lovers.

16 – 18 November 2023, £225pp, optional wine pairing for £120pp, thegoring.com

Sette by Scarpetta

Truffle pasta from Sette by Scarpetta

Located within the Bvlgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, Sette by Scarpetta is a glitzy New York import serving high-end Italian food made with premium ingredients. During the winter, the restaurant incorporates white truffle from Italy into its menu, with the option to add shavings to dishes like scrambled eggs, taglioni, risotto or beef tartare. There’s even a negroni infused with the stuff.

4 Knightsbridge Green, London, UK SW1X 7QA, settelondon.co.uk

Kitchen W8

Kitchen W8 Perigord Truffle

Kitchen W8 feels almost hidden, tucked away as it is off Kensington High Street. The restaurant is co-owned by Phil Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas, and headed up by chef Mark Kempson, who has a particular reputation for wizardry with game meats – but he’s also a dab hand with truffles. The limited edition menu is a creative tour of everything the much sought after mushroom is capable of: from truffle churros; périgord truffle glazed quail; to a special French toast with honey truffle diplomat cream.

13-26 November, £145pp (£195pp with wine pairing), 11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH, kitchenw8.com

Galvin at Windows

Beef with truffle

Perched on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane, Galvin at Windows offers some of the best views in the city – but that’s not the only reason to visit. There’s also excellent food from head chef Marc Hardiman, with a special truffle menu on offer this autumn. Enjoy dishes like Cornish brill and Porthilly oyster followed by slow cooked beef ravioli, plus a panna cotta and pear dessert, paired with Barolo wines.

22 Park Ln, London W1K 1BE, galvinatwindows.com

Bocca di Lupo

Bocca Di Lupo Tajarin with raw duck egg and parmesan

A charming Italian trattoria in the heart of Soho, Bocca di Lupo has won numerous accolades since opening in 2008. Its ever-changing menu brings the best of Italy’s distinctive regional specialties to London, so of course they bring out the goods come truffle season. This year, guests are being invited to BYOT (bring your own truffle) to shave over their choice of dish, which you can purchase at the restaurant’s sister gelateria Gelupo. Each day, the team will mark a ‘T’ on the dishes that are best suited – but you can pick any dish you fancy.

12 Archer St, London W1D 7BB; boccadilupo.com

Harry’s Bar

Harry's Bar

Travel back in time to Italy’s 50s heyday at Harry’s Bar in Marylebone, which has introduced a dedicated truffle menu for the upcoming season. Begin with burrata ahead of taglioni, pizza or risotto, and enjoy alongside the suggested wine pairings.

30 -34 James St, London W1U 1ER, harrys-bar.co.uk

Gloria

Gloria

Jérôme Galland

Befitting of the larger than life Italian restaurant, Gloria’s truffle offering is wonderfully decadent. The Mafaldine Al Tartufo dish is one of its signature offerings, featuring fresh malfadine pasta cooked with marscapone and flecked with black Molise truffle shavings and button mushrooms. Craving pizza? There’s a black truffle-infused one of those too, made with fior di latte, mushroom carpaccio and parmesan, plus some bechamel croquettes with guanciale, an Italian cured meat.

54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR; bigmammagroup.com

Park Chinois

The Wave Bar Park Chinois

Italian cuisine isn’t the only one which works well with truffle – as proven by glitzy Chinese restaurant, Park Chinois. The Mayfair hotspot offers dishes like truffle bao buns and potted rice with seasonal black truffle. Enjoy all this alongside one of the live performances, while soaking up the venue’s opulent surroundings – which are inspired by 1930s Shanghai.

17 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EA, parkchinois.com

Sparrow

Bar at Sparrow

Uber-cool Mayfair eatery Sparrow serves up Mediterranean food with an LA twist amid sleek surroundings. High-end ingredients feature throughout the menu year-round (think caviar and wagyu), but come autumn/winter the restaurant kicks things up a notch with a dedicated white truffle menu. Choose from dishes like slow-cooked hen egg with wild mushrooms, carpaccio with mushrooms, and taglioni – all infused with the beloved fungi.

1-3 Avery Row, London W1K 4AJ; sparrowitalia.com

Daphne’s

Daphne's

Chelsea stalwart Daphne’s is one of the capital’s most esteemed Italian restaurants, so of course it gets involved with truffle season. A newly launched menu includes seasonal specials of seared rare tuna with citrus dressing and white truffle, porcini and buffalo ricotta cappelletti, and a classic tagliatelle. It’s not all about the savoury though: there’s also a burrata ice cream with caramel sauce and white truffle (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it).

112 Draycott Ave, London SW3 3AE; daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Bocconcino

Pizza

This recently opened Soho trattoria – which has another outpost in Mayfair – takes inspiration from all over Italy, from Sicily to Rome. The menu includes everything from pizzas cooked over open fire to fresh seafood, with a handful of dishes featuring truffle. Feast on tagliatelle with black truffle, beef fillet tartare, or the pizza con il tartufo. Alternatively, you can simply add a helping of the ingredient to anything on the menu for £15 per five grams.

59 Great Marlborough St, London W1F 7JY, bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Los Mochis

Los Mochis

How about some truffle tacos? Notting Hill restaurant Los Mochis, which fuses Mexican and Japanese cuisine, has an array of dishes featuring the luxurious ingredient. Kick off your day with its decadent El Taco Rey brunch, served with eggs and fresh truffles, or give the truffle guacamole a go, served on crispy rice.

2-4 Farmer St, London W8 7SN, losmochis.co.uk