Normal fries at a hipster café $7. Truffle fries $12, which are essentially fries added with truffle oil.
Of course the debate is that Truffle Oil is not even the real thing, a synthetic product made from thioether (2,4-dithiapentane). Yikes.
Even the famous fast food restaurant had some form of sauce made from truffle-flavoured seasoning, which turn viral, but without as positive a feedback. Gordon Ramsay said that synthetic truffle oil as “one of the most pungent, ridiculous ingredients ever known.” But anyway…
Real or not, good or bad, truffle dishes look like they will stay around for a while. Here are 15 of them, ranging from the most predictable ones such as pasta and pizzas, to ice cream, wanton noodles and chawanmushi.
Montana Brew Bar
1 Selegie Road #02-25, Singapore 188306 (10 min walk from Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Tel: +65 98331790
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Waffles from 1130am onwards)
Truffle Mac & Cheese Waffles
I was half expecting waffles ($12) to come served with a scoop of creamy mac & cheese on top (too predictable yah?), so I wondered why the pieces came sans the topping.
Oh, the mac & cheese were incorporated WITHIN the waffles. So as you take bites, you would find the inner layers soft and somewhat cheesy. I know this was carb in carb, but close your eyes to eat, and you might find this worth that extra run to burn the calories.
(For Montana fans, the café has moved upstairs with a more chic and spacious environment.)
Pince & Pints
32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089497
Tel: +65 6225 7558
Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm -11pm (Sat and PH), Last Order 10pm Closed Sun
Truffle Lobster Roll
The Truffle Lobster Roll ($68++) is a variation of the signature Lobster Roll dish at Pince & Pints Restaurant and Bar.
The lobster is first blanched for 3 to 4 mins before taking an ice bath. Before serving, the lobster is then taken out of the ice bath and then seared in butter and housemade truffle sauce. The lobster roll is also topped off with truffle shavings and truffle caviar adding new depth and flavour to the dish. (Oh yes, good news, you can now reserve seats at Pince & Pints.)
Cook & Brew
The Westin Singapore Level 33
12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 Singapore 018961
Tel: +65 6922 6948
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri), 5pm – 12am (Sat), Sunday Open For Private Events
Whipped Buffalo Ricotta with Truffled Honey & Grilled Bread
Never would I have thought that this would be one of my favourite items on the menu of Cook & Brew.
What you get is a mash with sweet pumpkin-like taste ($12), with an unmistakable aroma of truffle cream. Recommended.
12 Marina View Asia Square Tower 2 #02-05 Singapore 018961
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sun
Truffle Wagyu Don
Japanese-style rice bowls, comprising of sous vide meats, Australian brown rice, onsen egg, and pickles, all with minimal seasoning.
The Truffle Wagyu Don ($24.90) has sous vide wagyu steak seasoned with truffle salt and perfumed with black winter truffle oil.
Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #04-11 Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6634 1141
Opening hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm.
Truffle Egg Confit
I hear that the Egg Confit & Truffle dish sent fellow food blogger RubbishEatRubbishGrow to tears, Pinkypiggu to exclaim it was “so so so awesome” (emphasize 3 ‘so’s). I didn’t cry or anything like that. I carried on eating. Yeah, it was a good dish.
33 Erskine Road, Scarlet Hotel, Singapore 069333
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm (Mon – Sun), 6pm- 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 6pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
This family run Italian trattoria serves truffle-centric dishes, such as the Tajarin ($68 for fresh white, $38 for black truffles) with signature egg noodles.
Other dishes include Tomino – Warm Tomino Cheese wrapped in Parma Ham with Truffle Honey and Agnello – Char Grilled Lamb Chops with Truffle Potato Puree. I also spotted Truffle Tiramisu. Hmmmmmm…
1 Farrer Park Station Road, Owen Link, #01-11/12, Singapore 217562
Tel: +65 6443 3378
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
“$15? Shall I, shall I not?” The tummy won the mind in the decision-making of getting this Truffle Chawanmushi ($15++), added with prawn, crab meat and scallop.
The steamed egg was extremely smooth, matched with a robust aroma the moment the lid is opened. On a I-feel-rich day, I would order this again.
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
Orchard Central, 277 Orchard Road #01-06, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6384 4770
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri, Sat, PH)
Okay, warning first: This Black Truffle Ramen ($16.90) may or may not be served. The 1st time the shop said they were not ready, on a return trip – this was it.
The ramen is a dry version, somewhat reminding us of angel hair pasta with truffle. Kanshoku wasn’t stingy with the truffle oil and black truffle bits AT ALL (maybe because boss happened to be there and recognised me LOL). A friend loved it and ta-bao more; while I thought the amount of truffle was overpowering and could be reduced a good 20%.
If the ramen is not available, there is always Truffle EDAMAME.
Bee Kee Wanton Noodles
Blk 2 Lorong Lew Lian, FoodPark Singapore 531002
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Fri), 7am – 4pm (Sat – Sun)
Raffles Place, 50 Market Street Golden Shoe Food Centre #03-01 Singapore 048940
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Fri)
Truffle Wanton Mee
Wah, humble local Wanton Mee with truffle ($6). Auntie sprayed some white truffle oil from Urbani Tartufi on the noodles with char siew and both soup=style and deep fried wanton, and the combination somehow worked very well.
Pssssst… there is also Truffle Soft Pork Bone Noodles ($6.50) offered, don’t say I #bojio.
Din Tai Fung
290 Orchard Road #B1-03 Paragon Shopping Centre #B1-03 Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT Station)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Tel: +65 6836 8336
Truffle Xiao Long Bao
A modern rendition of DTF’s classic Xiao Long Bao. The Steamed Truffle & Pork Dumplings features black truffles with fresh pork wrapped in delicate skin, with robust broth and that distinctive aroma.
Suntec City Tower 4 #01-603, 3 Temasek Boulevard Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily (Last order 9:30pm)
I could imagine many customers to liking the Truffle Shuffle ($14) best, a white sauce based pizza with fennel sausage, roasted mushrooms and onions, drizzled with aromatic white truffle oil.
Are you salivating yet? You could jolly smell the fragrance between it arrived.
Wildfire Burgers 313@Somerset
313@Somerset #01-28, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 4408
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Tues), 12pm – 1am (Wed – Sat)
The Truffled Mushroom Burger ($23) contains a 120 grain fed beef patty with argula, beer carmalised onions, sautéed mushroom, gruyere cheese, truffle oil, truffle mayonnaise and with Wildfire’s signature Master sauce.
I would say big is size, big on portions, big on ingredients, with an all-right taste.
Ah Bong’s Italian
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056 (15 min from Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel: +65 96506194
Opening Hours: 10am – 2:30pm
Truffle Mac & Cheese
I can say “Take my money” for Ah Bong’s Mac & Cheese ($6 with truffle oil, $5 without), small yet filling bowl pulsating with rich strongly-flavoured cream sauce and shitake and bacon. If you want something light, this is not for you.
22 Havelock Road #01-673 Singapore 160022
Opening Hours: 12pm – 930pm (Mon-Tues, Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Wed
Truffle Ice Cream
Win already. Milk based Truffle Ice Cream. What I realised after trying a few is that their flavours are quite pronounced and strong.
Their White Truffle used to be more obvious, though I realised it was tamed a notch after a return visit. Try for novelty sake, otherwise, maybe the ‘normal’ flavours aren’t that bad.
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