Home-made pasta with crispy Japanese shrimps and black truffle-infused stock, $70++
This extravagant, nearly 20-year-old dining landmark – featured in Forbes magazine for its $8,888 truffle-extravaganza tasting menu – knows a thing or two about sourcing exotic produce. Black truffle is used in most dishes, and we’re not surprised to see how they go the extra mile with creativity. Try their home-made pasta ($70) infused with the magical mushroom, then paired with briny, crisp Japanese shrimps. #02-16 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Rd (6733 2225). MRT: Orchard. Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7-9.30pm.
Truffle-artichoke soup, $90++
This simple dish at the Singapore outpost of this Parisian landmark is definitely worth a mention: a delightfully rich mélange of truffle and artichoke, it comes together beautifully with a helping of truffle-buttered mushroom brioche. This 20-year old speciality – a Savoy signature dish – is a heavenly experience that can also be enjoyed as part of the $408 set menu. At that price, it had better be liquid gold – and it certainly does come close. #L2-01 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave (6688 8513) MRT: Bayfront. Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm; Fri & Sat noon-2pm, 6-10.30pm.
CRITICS’ CHOICE: Truffle-pumpkin velouté, $45
Another noteworthy truffle soup is this one by the equally talented Gunther Heubrechsen. It’s an interesting base of pumpkin velouté and sabayon: potent, earthy, sweet and velvety, as it rightfully should be. At $45, it’s hardly a snip; nevertheless a dish of this luxurious calibre may just be the best-kept bargain in hyper-inflated Singapore. We’d take this for Thanksgiving any day. 36 Purvis St (6338 8955). MRT: City Hall. Daily noon-3pm, 6.30-11pm.
Tai carpaccio with shio kombu, $38
We forgive Fat Cow for shaving black truffle over their dishes like parmesan cheese and getting us hooked on the prized fungus. Case in point: thin slices of tai carpaccio with shio kombu are heaped with wispy, feather-like shavings of either black or white truffle, bringing to the table – no pun intended – a mind-blowing experience that can’t be replicated elsewhere (except, of course, for the Japanese restaurant from which it was adapted). Sorry, Aoki – it’s no contest. #01-01 Camden Medical Centre, 1 Orchard Blvd (6735 0308). MRT: Orchard, then take a taxi. Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6-11pm; Sat 6-11pm.
PS Café’s shoestring fries ($15) may not feature any actual black truffle, but the perfumed oil does well enough. Far from an oil-soaked mess, the fries are crisp; fortunately not overwhelmed by the truffle, they’re even better when dipped into the accompanying sweet, home-made ketchup. The dish spawned a number of copycats, but the popular expat-friendly chain’s creation has dibs on not only being there first, but being the best of them all. Tanglin Village, 28B Harding Rd (9070 8782). MRT: Orchard, then take a taxi. Mon-Thu 11.30am-5pm, 6.30pm-midnight; Fri 11.30am-5pm, 6.30pm-2am; Sat 9.30am-5pm, 6.30pm-2am; Sun 9.30am-5pm, 6.30-midnight.