7 places to make the most of white truffle season in Hong Kong

Expensive but exquisite treat adds an extra dimension to fine dining, whatever you pair it with – from tea-smoked duck eggs to beef tartare, veal, sea bass, scallops and lobster

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 November, 2016, 4:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, 5:59pm

We’re deep in to white truffle season, and you can find the expensive treat at many restaurants around town. At Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon in Tsim Sha Tsui East, you can taste dishes such as tea-smoked duck eggs with oolong tea leaves and white truffle; and wok-fried lobster with egg white and white truffles. The dishes are served a la carte, and on a six-course Alba white truffle menu (HK$1,980 plus 10 per cent, for a minimum of two persons). Bookings: 3400 1318

Aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui and Armani/Aqua in Central are serving white truffles with dishes that include hand-cut tajarin egg yolk pasta (right) with butter and fresh sage; and handmade ravioli with veal, rabbit and wild porcini. Bookings: 3427 2288 (Aqua) and 3583 2828 (Armani/Aqua)

Italian chef Gianni Caprioli is featuring white truffles at both his restaurants, Giando, on Star Street in Wan Chai, and Gia Trattoria, in Fenwick Pier, Wan Chai. Giando’s dishes include scrambled Italian eggs with toasted bread and white truffles; and roasted Italian veal rack with grilled pumpkin, potato cream and white truffles. The menu at Gia features dishes of potato salad with asparagus, mozzarella and white Alba truffles; and sea-salt-baked whole sea bass with vegetables and white truffles. Bookings: 2511 8912 (Giando) and 2511 8081 (Gia)

At Cucina at the Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, the menu selection includes potato cream soup with wild mushrooms, soft-boiled egg and white truffles; seared Hokkaido scallops with organic Italian scrambled eggs on toast with white truffles; and white truffle ice cream with hazelnut sponge cake and mascarpone cheese foam. Bookings: 2113 0808

Harlan’s Bar & Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui is serving a six-course white truffle menu for HK$1,580 plus 10 per cent. The set menu includes US prime beef tartare with crisp potatoes, onion puree and white truffles; gnocchi with confit duck leg, autumn mushrooms, pecorino and white truffle; and white truffle tart with white truffle tuiles and vanilla foam. Bookings: 2972 2222