The dig: 5 most innovative black truffle menus in Hong Kong

Updated on January 15 2015

Had designs to keep it light food-wise between Christmas and Chinese New Year? Well, it’s time to reassess — black truffle season is well and truly upon us, and, as is to be expected, our city’s chefs have gone all out. So loosen the belt and tuck in to the best Hong Kong black truffle menus on offer this winter:

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge

ON was one of the most anticipated restaurants of 2014, and is kicking off 2015 with an exciting black truffle menu.

One of our favourite chefs of the moment, Philippe Orrico, has prepared a stunning five-course menu (HK$1,488) to showcase the elusive black treasure. Start with Brittany oyster with truffle emulsion and puff pastry before moving on to a buckwheat pancake with cooked Bellota ham, mornay sauce and black truffle, by far the most inventive interpretation of surf and turf we’ve seen in a while. Truffle-themed mains include a perfectly fluffly black truffle risotto or Angus beef cheek with truffle mash, and even extends to the dessert of orange panaché — orange sorbet, lemon ricotta Chantilly and black truffle. You’ll also get a plate of black truffle madeleines to round out your truffle journey.

ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge, 28-29/F, 18 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2174 8100, www.ontop.hk
 
Related: Philippe Orrico opens ON Dining Kitchen & Lounge
 

Grissini

The charming Grissini brings a seriously authentic slice of Italy to the waterfront.

The Grand Hyatt never fails to disappoint with their dining offers, and this black truffle season is no exception. Grissini’s chef de cuisine Alessandro Cozzolino has created a menu pairing ‘shrooms from the Umbrian town of Norcia with some classic Italian recipes — think poché farm egg with soft potato purée and black truffle (HK$380), pan-fried scallops, Jerusalem artichokes, toasted almonds, Taleggio cheese and black truffle (HK$450), and homemade ravioli alla genovese, with veal juice and black truffle (HK$480). All this, and one of the better views you’ll get of our famous harbour from this side of town.

Grissini, 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722, www.hongkong.grand.hyattrestaurants.com

Saint-Germain

Tucked in the thick of Happy Valley, Saint-Germain has all the charm of a Montparnasse bistro.

We love the neighbourhood bistro charm of Happy Valley’s Saint-Germain, and they have the homely food to match. They’re celebrating black truffle season with some appropriately indulgent menu additions, like black truffle scrambled eggs (HK$188), foie gras ravioli ravioli poached in oxtail Bouillon with shaved black truffle (HK$ 228), and the Julia Child-approved galette Perigueux (HK$ 248). Ignore the tram lines outside and you’ll think you’re in Paris.

Saint-Germain, G/F, 1A Wong Nai Chung Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 2836 6131, www.french-creations.com

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DiVino

Choose your own black truffle adventure at DiVino this year.

Wyndham Street hangout DiVino are doing things a little differently, taking a stance of ‘no menu, no limitations, no rules’ this black truffle season. Chef Michele will tailor his use of the black diamonds for every customer’s taste and preference, and create dishes on the fly that will both surprise and satisfy. If you’re wanting to play it safe but still need the hit, there are à la carte options like a carpaccio of Diver Hokkaido scallops with fresh winter truffle, microherbs and Cervia salt (HK$168), penne ‘Jerome’ style with gorgonzola and black truffle sauce (HK$178) and a Black Angus beef burger with pancetta, fried egg, fontina DOP on a toasted rosemary ciabatta — served with french fries and a black truffle mayo (HK$178). Because why shouldn’t a burger be served with a truffle mayo?

DiVino, 73 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2167 8883, www.divinogroup.com

F.A.B.

The relaxed setting of F.A.B. is an easy way to indulge in some seasonal specialties.

Comfort food and black truffles — could there be a more winter-tastic combination? Hollywood Road’s cheery and casual F.A.B. (that’s French American Bistro, FYI) is dishing up some seriously indulgent feeds featuring black truffles from Provence. Think black truffle risotto (HK$388), black truffle pasta with arugula salad and black truffle flakes (HK$188), and a straight-up black truffle burger (HK$188). If that wasn’t enough, you can wash it down with a truffle-infused Bloody Mary (HK$138) or three, because, well, why not.

F.A.B., G/F, 30 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 1600, www.french-creations.com

Greek-Cypriot by way of Melbourne, Nik is a lover of sneakers, country and western music, Jeff Probst, oversized scarves and three-quarter lattes. He occasionally tweets, badly, @nik_iforos, and lives in a state of constant FOMO on Instagram @nik.iforos.