After my last post, this one may seem a bit contradictory. I’ve gone from healthy to, well, unhealthy. But blissfully so. And in my mind it was just a Friday treat, one not to be repeated too often…
For those who love truffles, Tartufo is the place to go. A lovely restaurant hidden in the basement of trendy boutique Hotel 11 Cadogan, on the quiet Cadogan Gardens just off the Kings Road.
It was a little posher than I had expected – white tablecloths, impeccable waiters and dressed up couples having quiet conversations amid bites of truffle. In walked the five of us – greeted by a waft of truffle – with table centre stage (literally, we got the biggest table right in the middle of the room), making too much noise. Overexcited about the idea of three courses of truffles. Who wouldn’t be?
The menu is succinct but you really want every single option from the primo, secundi and Terti menu. Oh how hard choice is.
The great thing is that we all ‘chose well’. Because you can’t really go wrong here.
I opted for the Fois Gras Primo, because I can never say no to fois gras. For the Secundi I went for the Truffle Risotto with brown butter, which looked like a bowl of rice pudding when it arrived. But it was the highlight of my dinner.
Lastly for the Terti I chose the Partridge with mash and pak choi. And truffles (of course). A generous, delicate dish which was a lovely end to the meal.
The others who had gone for salads (and fois gras) to start, tortellini and ravioli as seconds, and venison or fish for their third course, were equally pleased. And the venison was a special success.
By 23:30 we had the restaurant to ourselves. The waiters continued to be charming. And the limoncellos went down a treat (though at £5 a pop perhaps not worth it).
It’s not a cheap restaurant. But it’s a bargain for what you get. Three courses for £30 is not expensive, considering the venue and the kilos (ok perhaps an exaggeration) of truffles we ate.
Could not recommend it more.
11 Cadogan Gardens
London SW3 2RJ