Alex: The temperature dropped below 10 degrees on this particular night but we persevered for the Truffle Cheese Degustation at The Gazebo in Potts Point. Give us a slab of cheese and a good ratio of crackers and you’ve pretty much won all of our hearts here at FFS, so to say that we were excited was most definitely an understatement.
The degustation is not badly priced at $75 for 5 courses and with matching wines for an extra $95. As truffle season is in full effect I have to say that for value for money and quality of food, this was high up there as the best Truffle Dego we’ve had so far.
The first course of the evening was the Brie Mon Pere, layered with truffle, truffle honey and seeded toast. The brie was subtle and creamy with the truffle honey elevating the dish by giving it some sweet tones. It was a beautiful dish to start the degustation but the bread to cheese ration was off a little bit! This was also paired with a glass of Perrier Jouit Champagne that was quite sweet and therefore paired harmoniously with the truffle honey.
Another lighter dish for our second course – The Burratta, beets, heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, basil balsamic, grated truffle. There was a nice earthiness from the beetroot and the burratta itself was so full of flavour. I did notice other tables throughout the night ordering more bread so they could spoon up as much of the burratta as they could. I feel as though crushed croutons or breadcrumbs would’ve given the dish some much needed texture as it was quite same same in terms of softness. Still a fantastic dish though.
The third dish of the evening was the Mushroom tortellini, wild fungi, shaved truffle white wine sauce, truffle pecorino. Throughout the night we noticed that they were indeed quite generous with the truffle which was nice to note as it was obviously a truffle degustation. Bianca thoroughly enjoyed this dish but for me, I found the mushrooms to be quite overpowering. The tortellini was cooked superbly.
Easily the best dish of the night was the final savoury course. The Eye fillet crusted in truffle salt, roasted eschalots, cauliflower & cheese bake, red wine jus, truffle. The whole night we were being given dishes with amazing flavour pairings. I’ve never had truffle salt and it completely changed the dish in a great way. Nice and crunchy on the outside and perfectly cooked on the inside. Again, I felt like a needed bread just to soak up all the jus as I didn’t want anything to go to waste. Kudos to the chefs, because y’all did an amazing job.
When I don’t see chocolate or peanut butter on a dessert menu I sort of start to get anxiety and don’t really know what to do with my life so I wasn’t excited about dessert when looking at it in words on the menu. Cue Warm apple galette, frangipane, truffle ice cream. I stand corrected. One, the truffle ice cream was literally out of this world. Little hints of truffle throughout that just made you smile as you took a bite. Two, the pastry was fantastic, buttery and flaky. In all honesty, it was a flawless dish.
Madame Truffles who is the only specialist truffle retailer in Australia was supplying the truffle for the evening and we got to meet her and talk all things truffle! She handed up this monster truffle and then continued to tell us it retails at about $750. Pretty sure that’s when I slowly handed it back to her.
An amazing night with the quality of food exceeding well beyond my expectations. If you love truffle and a love a cheeky glass of wine but don’t want to spend a fortune than you should definitely check out this Truffle Degustation. It’s running until the 27th of July so you still have two weeks but make sure you book in advance.
Until next time!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of The Gazebo and The Keystone Stone, all opinions however are our own and independent.