Tartufo is a restaurant that isn't hugely known but most definitely should be. Nestled just off Sloane Street within The No. 11 hotel basement it's not the easiest to find, but once you discover it I can be sure you'll be going back.
All I have heard about Tartufo's food is what excellent value and how intriguing the menu is alongside decently priced wines... I was (obviously) sold.
Mr D and I were a little tipsy last Friday after one too many G n T's and were in need of some food - mainly to soften the headache that was inevitably going to creep up on up me the following morning! Racing around Soho and Fitzrovia to find the likes of Bubbledogs and Pizza Pilgrims jam packed I called ahead at 9:15pm and managed to get a 'no show' table for Tartufo - perfect!
Peeing down with rain, we got lost - the joys of a hidden gem!
We arrived, soaked, and were greeted by a charming front of house who took our coats swiftly and moved us on into the dining room. For a basement room it's cleverly set to not feel too claustrophobic and sympathetically lit. Colours are kept light and it didn't occur to me once that there wasn't any natural daylight to be seen.
With our amuse bouche's (One tomato tart and one I cannot for the life of me remember) came our drinks and the menu's, followed shortly by a selection of bread with incredible olive oil.
Tartufo's menu is divided into three; Primo, Secondo and Terzo they do a set price of two courses £25, three £30 or four £40 and you can choose to have as many from any section, in what ever order you choose.
We both decided on three courses, all being from the savoury menu. I started with Sgombro which was a mackerel salad with parsley cream. I thoroughly enjoyed this as for a starter it was light, zingy and not at all filling.
Mr D had the Pasta e Fagioli a warming white bean soup with pasta.
For our midi course I did as the Italians do and went for a pasta dish of open ravioli with truffle, leek and pea cream. It not only looked impressive, it tasted dreamy and such a bargain to have truffle within a £30 set menu. I could have had another of these and have left the restaurant happy.
The boy had his off the Terzo section and opted for partridge and mash with an Asian twist to it with star anise and pak choy.
My final dish was 'Triglia' a delicious red mullet with wild mushrooms, leeks and tomatoes in a rich fish jus. Being a bit of a mushroom freak this satisfied my craving to a tee. The jus tying in the dish perfectly- It was extremely hard not to swipe my fingers around the dish at the end to get every last drop.
Mr D once again fed the meat lover within and went for 'Cervo'; venison and roasted pumpkin with celeriac, truffles, pears and cabbage. This was my favourite of his choices for the evening and the venison was a perfected pink.
Stuffed to the max we opted out of puddings, a good idea, as I was near to bursting and decided instead on a meander back down the King's Road towards home. But not before we had a nibble of the petit-fours that seemed to miraculously appear on the table...
You always know when you've enjoyed a meal when on your journey home you find yourself referencing back to the dinner you've just had and Tartufo was one of those. London was still tipping it down with rain however when you're evening's been so enjoyable it doesn't seem to matter... a perfect ending to a spontaneous and very reasonable fine dining experience.
Our dinner for two including aperitifs, wine and the set £30 menu's came in at around £100 which to me is fantastic value.