Where to get truffle in Dubai

Time Out tells you where to get truffle in Dubai, including popular dishes at some of the best restaurants in town, and even some more affordable ones

There aren't many cities in the world where you can compile a list like this and still have some left over.

These unattractive fungi are often referred to as "the diamond of the kitchen". They are rare (as they can only be harvested in winter, grow underground and animals are used to sniff them out) pricey and very, very precious – especially the white alba variety.

Massimo Vidoni of Italtouch, known affectionately as The Truffle Man, says: "Truffles are like a gift from Mother Earth. They cannot be harvested and if you miss them, they’re gone.

"Whenever I talk about them my eyes light up. In five years so much has changed. At first, the only restaurants that wanted truffle were Italian, now you have so many using the ingredient in new and exciting ways. Chefs at Zuma, Coya and PLAY, to name just three, are taking dishes to new places with truffles. It’s an amazing time."

So, where will you get yours?

French 04 428 6969 Burj Khalifa Area

La Serre’s Bistro feels bright and airy, thanks to the crisp white colour scheme. On any given night you’ll find it buzzing, and staff deal adeptly with the throng of diners – you won’t even notice the wait between ordering and being presented your food, and requesting and receiving your bill.

Start with the shaved cauliflower salad with Manchego cheese, citrus and almonds. Light and refreshing, it’s a great precursor to some of the bigger flavours you’ll tuck into. The beetroot salad starter is one. It’s full of taste, texture and heat contrasts that we love. It comes with small rounds of warm goat’s cheese, studded with pistachio nut crumbs, mixed in with the cold cubes of beetroot. An absolute delight.

Mains are split into pastas, seafood and meat, making it easy for the indecisive to navigate. All the classics are present, including beef Bourguignon, baby chicken and fillet steak, plus scallops glazed with balsamic reduction and parsnip purée, and piquillo peppers. Of that the baby chicken is a standout, with its creamy, flavourful truffle Hollandaise sauce. A side of rich gratin Dauphinoise and steamed broccoli will go down a treat, too.

This is one of the most impressive French restaurants we’ve had the pleasure to eat in. Book a table and you’ll see why.

04 336 4444 Sheikh Zayed Road

This swanky Asian, set high on the 36th floor of The H Dubai, is the ideal place for a fun, swish night out. As soon as you enter you’ll be wowed by the sparkling vistas out from the floor-to-ceiling windows and the classy, low-key vibe.

The signature dishes here should not be missed. The cuisine is “Mediterrasian”, a blend of light, fresh Mediterranean flavours with the bold, powerful tastes of Asia, and the kitchen does this tremendously.

PLAY’s Pita Surprise – baked crispy pita bread filled with wagyu beef and truffle paste, a Time Out Dubai favourite – is a simply stunning dish. Unique, fun and wonderfully indulgent, the crisp crunch of the casing houses a marvellously creamy, smooth filling. The sushi and sashimi are also delightful, fresh and tasty, too.

Main dishes range from entrecôte with café de PLAY butter – a tender cut of meat enhanced by that unique, tasty spread – grilled sea bass and black cod to oven-baked marinated saffron chicken. However, the spaghetti carbonara with veal pancetta made tableside in a giant Parmesan wheel is a showstopper. Not strictly Asian, it’s a dish served with flair and fun, and encapsulates what’s PLAY is all about.

Sit back and take in the ambiance, and don’t arrive too early – this place ramps up later in the evening. Book later to enjoy the top atmosphere alongside those views and that food.

The bottom line:
Creative dishes and striking views

055 623 1620 Sheikh Zayed Road

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Hidden away behind an innocuous entrance in the Conrad Dubai, Little Black Door is designed to feel like a real speakeasy. And thanks to its secretive location, intimate size, low lighting and emphasis on old-fashioned mixology, it pretty much nails the theme.

As with most of the city’s most swinging, high-end nightspots, the later you head down the livelier you can expect this place to be. And whether date-night couples or post-work groups, everyone is here to let their hair down.

Service behind the bar is slick – staff are real pros, and even if you can’t find something you fancy on the extensive menu, they’re more than happy to show off their skills to concoct your favourite drink.

While this is a brilliant place for drinks pre- or post-dinner, don’t expect too much from the food menu, which can be extremely hit and miss. (Beware the piadina flatbread with its wasabi crème fraiche.)

For a cool night out that will make you feel as though you’ve cabareted back to 1920s New York, it doesn’t get any closer than this.

The bottom line
Stylish mixed drinks bar with a speakeasy feel.

+971 4 384 8484 World Trade Center Area

Stylish Chinese lattice, low mood lighting and sleek wooden furniture set the scene on arrival at Hakkasan, in the iconic Emirates Towers.

The restaurant is candlelit, the gleaming bar is vast and impressive and the feel is cosy and authentic. Hakkasan offers fine dining at its fanciest, and the contemporary Cantonese menu is top notch. The three-time Best Chinese Time Out winner is still a benchmark against which most of its city counterparts can be judged.

Prepare to be bowled over by the roast chicken in satay sauce, which is served in a crispy skin swimming in a thick and flavoursome peanut curry. The stir-fried duck breast with dried chilli and Szechuan peppercorn is bursting with tantalising flavour and the crispy duck rolls are dangerously moreish.
We also recommend trying the dim sum, which is as fresh and juicy as we’ve known it in the entire city and will leave you clamouring for more.

Service, as you might expect, is also flawless, and waiters are efficient and professional.

All of the aforementioned niceties, however, do come at a price, and although you’ll leave thoroughly impressed, your wallets will be considerably lighter. Nevertheless, Hakkasan is stunning overall, and well worth visiting for a truly special occasion.

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