It’s the Manjimup winter truffle season once again.
Restaurants are rolling out the red carpet to welcome aficionados of the earthy black truffles from Western Australia.
At Stellar at 1 Altitude, chef Christopher Millar is fielding an eight course truffle constellation menu that, thankfully, will not cost you an arm and a leg.
Priced at S$190++ a head (S$95++ more for wine pairing), a good majority of the courses arrive with either cubes of the chopped black truffle embedded in the food or shavings of the white vein-permeated black truffle crowning the dish.
Highlights from our July tasting of the truffle constellation menu at Stellar included a Loch Fyne salmon “tartare” wrapped with almost see-through Corsican valetta (dried pork cheek that turned out to be very juicy), wheat sprouts, wild asparagus and a dollop of light almond curd with black truffle shavings. (3.75/5)
Then, lightly scrambled Japanese red egg embedded with little chunks of chopped truffles, that are in turn layered with truffled milk skin, sevruga caviar and a refreshing scoop of sour cream. (4/5)
For intermission, potato and chicken stock infused truffled “latte” “latte” topped with a slice of shaved black truffle. This was served alongside a singular truffle macaron. (4/5)
A classic dish but executed with finesse nevertheless, a puddle of well-seasoned truffled risotto for mains headlined by a piece of poached Maine lobster claw topped with shavings of winter truffles. (4.25/5)
To finish, Madagascar honey ice cream chock-a-block with chopped truffles made an entrance showered with a disc of chocolate truffle shaved at the table. The ice cream was divine even if the chocolate shavings sometimes got in the way. (4.25/5)
Stellar’s truffle constellation menu is only available in the month of July.
© Evelyn Chen 2013
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