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Best truffle dish in SF/Bay Area?

mandela Feb 14, 2012 11:26 AM

As an unexpected but extremely exciting Valentines gift, my parents volunteered to treat my honey and I to a truffle dinner somewhere in SF or the Bay Area (not tonight, obviously, but sometime in the future). This could be either a special truffle tasting menu or just a stupendous dish with truffles.

Since I don't consume truffles on the regular, I thought I'd put to the question to you all: what do you think is the best truffle dish in SF?

Do you know of any truffle tasting menues happening now or in the next month or so?

Or is this the wrong time entirely, and we should wait until next fall?

Any thoughts you have would be much appreciated!

  1. Robert Lauriston Feb 14, 2012 11:38 AM

    Wrong time entirely. White Alba (tuber magnatum pico) and black Perigord (tuber melanosporum vitt) truffles are both out of season until fall.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      mandela Feb 14, 2012 12:14 PM

      D'oh! Thanks for the input. Although I'm eager for the dinner, it may be better to wait until the season is at its peak.

      1. re: mandela
        Robert Lauriston Feb 14, 2012 03:21 PM

        Out of season, you can get preserved black truffles, which can be excellent, though real tuber melanosporum vitt is very hard to find. Most brands I've seen in the last few years are, if you read the fine print, the inferior Tuber aestivum, which is not bad but not worth the prices people have been charging.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston
        chilihead2006 Feb 15, 2012 03:48 PM

        Last year this time in Firenze, there were truffle dishes galore on the menus. Very reasonable too, I might add. I assumed this time of year was truffle season.....

        1. re: chilihead2006
          Robert Lauriston Feb 15, 2012 04:19 PM

          Preserved black truffles, various other truffle preserves, and oil scented with 2,4-dithiapentane are available year-round.

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