349g truffle at Zuma in Dubai

City restaurant bags huge fungi from 'Truffle Man'

Zuma’s prize truffle
Zuma’s prize truffle
Table 9: happy birthday boys
Table 9: happy birthday boys
Giorgio Locatelli
Giorgio Locatelli
Ossigeno: another truffle menu
Ossigeno: another truffle menu

The big news this week is size related and extremely tasty. Word on the street is that Zuma has just proudly bagged themselves an industrial sized white truffle, no mean feat and no small cost either, sourced by Massimo Vidoni, aka ‘the truffle man’ (seriously, it even says so on his business card), who supplies the likes of Thomas Keller and Nobu Matsuhisa. It seems that several Dubai restaurants have been fighting over this item. No wonder: it is a 349g whopper from the Alba region of Italy, famed for its truffles. Zuma will be using this prize beauty in all à la carte dishes that usually contain truffle, as well as offering guests an extra shaving on dishes of their choice, but at an eye-watering Dhs300 minimum additional cost.

Not to be out done by this Japanese venue, Italian restaurants from all over Dubai are also at it, with a vast number introducing truffle themed happenings from this week, and starting throughout November.

Armani/Ristorante will hold a truffle masterclass on Friday November 9, where guests will be guided through a three-course lunch of truffle dishes, including Angus beef tartare with Norcia truffle and egg yolk tagliolini with white truffle.

And at Atlantis last week, Ronda Locatelli welcomed truffle enthusiast and celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli to launch a new truffle menu that will run until the end of the year.

Certo at the Radisson Blu Media City introduces a white truffle menu from Saturday November 17. The kitchen will be using the premium variety from Piedmont, Italy in dishes such as stracciatella Roman-style soup and ostrich tenderloin with rucola, asparagus and duchess potatoes.

Ossiegeno at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai also introduces a truffle menu, available now but for a limited time only, with a surprise on there in the form of a foie gras and truffle dessert. The proof of the pudding, perhaps?

BiCE will also be introducing a seasonal truffle menu, featuring a simple showcase of the ingredient, through dishes such as fettuccini, quail eggs and ice cream. The menu will be available in November, once the truffles arrive, and until the supply runs out, so will be something of a gourmet limited edition at the Italian restaurant. We also hear BiCE have just introduced iPad grape lists, but you can’t eat those, can you?

Finally, we leave you on a refreshing un-truffly note, but with more news from a Dubai Hilton star, this time in Bur Dubai. In November, Table 9 celebrates its one year anniversary. Since Gordon Ramsay first bid Verre adieu, the venue was at first much hyped, and now continues to be much praised. We’re pleased to hear that, post the one year mark, the modern British restaurant is still going strong. Happy Birthday!

So until next week, bon appétit!

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