'Black gold' is the expression used to describe truffles. Another is 'gastronomical diamonds' and they have even been termed 'the culinary counterpart of sex.' No wonder they are the most sought after and expensive gourmet delicacies on the planet trading at around $2500 per kilogram.
And we were there for a six-course degustation truffles dinner matched with Margaret River's superb Cape Mentelle wines.
Seated across from me was truffle grower and founder of Truffle Melbourne Nigel Wood, who believes in the democratisation of the earthy truffle. 'It's now an affordable luxury,' he said. 'As little as $80 worth is enough to serve six people over three courses and even after generous servings, they'll still be leftovers to shave over your scrambled eggs the next morning.'