Why are truffles so elusive, exotic and unique? Also noted as one of the most coveted delicacies in the culinary world, and Australian truffles are fast becoming a prized item both at home and overseas.
To celebrate truffle season, The Star has indulged in Truffle July with these truffles sourced from Australia's premier Trufferie in Western Australia.
Balla was the place to go, with attentive wait staff ushering us to our table. From giving us enough time to decide our dishes, we couldn't go past one order of the Truffle Rare Delights 3 course menu and one a la carte menu.
Suitably impressed with the wine list which was presented on an iPad. The wine list was split into countries, grape varietals, a map of the area and a description of each. Such a shame it didn't provide a little tasting menu, then it would be perfect in every way. A variety of wines to choose from, I couldn't go past the Sicilian wines as I have fond memories of my time there.
Starting with the wild mushroom risotto with black truffle and reggiano, a beautifully presented dish dotted with black, it was too delicious to share. The special of the night was sardines bruschetta served with garlic breadcrumbs and warmed red onions
Our second course consisted of a mouth watering dish of veal wrapped with prosciutto, sautéed mushrooms and black truffle. My dish was the perfectly cooked pan roasted venison with beetroot and chocolate crisp.
To finish off, a dessert of black truffle semifreddo with poached quince and almond praline. I had trouble getting my head around the truffle taste for dessert. As it is the citrus season, I couldn't go past the burnt Italian merengue with chocolate sponge and mandarin cream. Such divine looking desserts.
A fabulous night out and equally delicious dinner. I recommend to you make the most of the Truffle in July month before the season ends.