Daphne’s in South Kensington always delivers, whether you’re venturing out for a first Valentine’s Day supper date or on a rainy Tuesday that only a delicious meal can improve. So off we trot to Draycott Avenue on said rainy day to test out the new truffle menu for you all (the things we do). Daphne’s truffles are sourced from the Le Marche region in Italy, where the season runs from late September/October (depending on the weather) to January and the white truffles there are renowned the world over. These truffle-some tubers continue to evade all attempts to cultivate them, so the ancient method of hunting with dogs is the only way for truffle hunters to seek out their bounty.
To start, we choose Beef Carpaccio with Rocket and White Truffle, and Risotto with, yes indeed, White Truffle. The former is delicate and delicious, the artfully-shaved truffle adding a depth of flavour to the first-class meat. The risotto is as rich and thick as you’d hope for, with a luxurious quality that can only be the result of the excessive, and welcome, use of dairy ingredients, and it comes with a generous surface layer of truffle morsels. I could have eaten this for three courses, but restrain myself and enjoy the succulent lamb instead. There’s also a veal and truffle option as a starter, and the risotto can be a main course, unless you opt for Gabriele, the GM’s favourite, the Tagliatelle with White Truffle, which looks very tempting as it passes en route to the neighbouring table.
Totally truffle-tastic and the perfect hearty yet sophisticated type of meal to tuck into, glass of wine in hand, as the clocks go back and the nights draw in.
Daphne’s, 112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE, daphnes-restaurant.co.uk