Many cafes serving the usual shoestring fries would likely include Truffle Fries somewhere in the menu. But what makes one Truffle Fries different from the other?
Most people would judge by the ‘aroma’ and flavour, though this usually comes from truffle oil (Shall leave the debate of the synthetically or authentically of it all elsewhere).
Some restaurants do use real shaved truffle though, but that comes with a more premium price that people may feel a pinch paying.
Good Truffle Fries are fried to a beautiful hue of golden brown, fresh-tasting with perfect crispiness. Here are 10 places in Singapore that differentiates from the average:
Opus Bar & Grill
Lobby Level, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road Singapore 238883
Tel: +65 6730 3390
Opening Hours: Dinner 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
This potentially-addictive signature Opus Over-The-Top Fries ($15) is made with crisp-fried thick-cut Idaho potatoes, drizzled with foie gras fat and black truffle puree for sheer decadence.
And that’s not all.
These fries come with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan for that over-the-top umami flavour.
Very addictive. A must-have no matter even if you are originally heading just for steaks at Opus. Opus Bar & Grill (Hilton Singapore)
Burger+ – Clarke Quay Central
#01-07, Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6909 5684
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
The crisp indulgent Truffle Fries ($9.80 for regular, $12.80 for large) are peppered with truffle powder, REAL truffle shavings (and not just truffle oil), and a duo of cheese-parmesan & cheddar.
To further amplify the truffle-ness, it is finished with a drizzling of truffle oil with chopped English parsley, then served with home-made truffle mayo as a dip.
I think one of the best real Truffle Fries you can find in Singapore at this price. Burger+ (Clarke Quay Central)
Three Buns Quayside
60 Robertson Quay, #01-01, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6909 7838
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am (Mon – Thurs), 12am – 12am (Fri), 10am – 12pm (Sat) 10am – 10pm (Sun)
There are several versions of Truffle Fries available in Singapore, but I really don’t think many serve up Truffle Fries with SHAVED TRUFFLES.
These Truffle Cheese Fries JNR ($14) house fries are double-cooked to make them extra crisp.
The golden potato batonnets are served with a special truffle-infused cheese sauce, truffle aioli and with shaved truffles.
To balance the intense flavour of truffle, the fries are finished off with a sprinkling of chives for a delicate onion flavour. Worth every buck. Three Buns Quayside (Robertson Quay)
Raffles City S.C, 252 North Bridge Road, #03-37 Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
It is not quite right if we talk about Truffle Fries in Singapore, without a mention of PS.Cafe – who possibly started this trend here.
The star of PS.Cafe is the Truffle Shoestring Fries ($16), given in generous portion (like a mini-hill), though price has moved up through the years.
The quality can be inconsistent depending on the branch you head to.
If it is good, you get lightly crisp shoe-strings with that consistent ‘aroma’. However, sometimes it can be either not crisp enough, or lacked the truffle aroma. A pity, really.
Or perhaps the other brunch places and cafes have caught up and offered pretty-decent versions. PS.Cafe (Great World)
SPRMRKT at STPI
41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
SPRMRKT’s Truffle Fries ($16) with shaved parmesan and kombu are probably quite under-rated, but they have been highly rated by many online reviews as the best you can find in Singapore.
The thin-layer of crisp was just nice, and didn’t feel oily on the touch. Beautifully scented as well.
The shaved kombu dust added this element of interesting-saltiness that made it super addictive. (Plus river view)
Columbus Coffee Co.
220 Upper Thomson Rd, Thomson Garden Estate, Singapore 574352
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 9am – 7pm (Sun), Closed Mon
While many (famous) truffle fries are in the above $10 range, Columbus Coffee Co.’s Shoe String Truffle Fries at $9 felt just right for its price.
Sometimes you look across this crowded cafe at Upper Thomson, and somehow almost every other table has Truffle Fries for sharing.
While they do not heavily market this item, or there is anything particularly outstanding about its components, it has won fans over for its simplicity – just good-old crisp and freshly fried fries.
If you find Apollo Coffee Bar’s version at Serangoon Garden pretty delicious too, that is because they are owned by the same team.
66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Tel: +65 9487 1398
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Tue – Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat), 11am – 9pm (Sun), Closed Mon
The Truffle Kombu Fries ($15) at Eleven Strands may not come with a heavy aroma, however its fragrance is quite subtle yet stay throughout.
Other than the generous specks of kombu, what diners like is the additional truffle kombu sauce which you can further dip into for more creaminess. Eleven Strands (Serangoon)
Free the Robot
118 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068587 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Putting this here for the PRICE. Truffle fries at $5?
Quite surprised by its price tag; a serving of truffle fries can cost up to double or triple its price at the usual cafe.
To be fair, the fries served to us did not come with a generous amount of truffle in them, but the truffle was distinct enough.
We say: worth it.
6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-03/04 Singapore 039593 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6255 5850
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri)
Floss and sweet mayonnaise made a particular brand’s signature bread very famous. This Truffle Floss Fries ($8) had sweet-mayonnaise like drizzled over, which was adequately coated by chicken floss.
Wait, there was also truffle aioli which would satisfy truffle-fries fan.
Truffle fries? This is one level up.
Blk #01-1446, 124 Hougang Avenue 1, Block 124, 530124
Opening Hours: 1pm – 2am (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 2am (Fri – Sun), Closed Mon
Who would have thought that an ice cream café would serve Truffle Fries as well?
Lickers has two outlets – at Hougang Ave 1 and Telok Blangah Crescent Block 6.
Their Truffle Fries ($9.90) come with shoestring fries tossed in truffle oil layered with generous portion of shredded parmesan cheese.
There was that beautiful crisp plus it came piping hot (and tasty garlicy chilli sauce if you ask), though I wished there could be more of the truffle oil aroma.
Still quite a find in a humble neighbourhood café.
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