Winner, winner, truffle dinner!

Sep 4, 2014

To mark the end of the eight-week celebration of Canberra & the Capital Regions Black Perigord Truffle Festival, I was lucky enough to win a prized invitation for two to Parlour Wine Room Majura Truffle Dinner last week.

For a girl who had not ever seen or tasted a truffle prior to July this year, I have enjoyed a fruitful truffle festival. Firstly I was invited to partake in my very first truffle hunt at the beginning of the season and now the opportunity to sample the last of the seasons little nuggets of black gold.
The Scene

Parlour Wine Room has the reputation of the city’s best tapas and wine bar. Located in NewActon, it has been high on the list of restaurants I wanted to try. I liked the atmosphere inside as soon as I walked through the front doors. It is dimly lit with candles on each table and an eclectic mix of provincial/Parisian furniture making the space feel elegant, opulent and a touch quirky (lurv the cowhide rug!). With small intimate round tables for two, couches, ottomans and large tables interspersed throughout the restaurant. With the added drama of clever draping; it creates some interesting nooks and provided a sense of privacy during our dinner.

The Menu
The menu for the tasting was a mouth watering showcase of local Canberra truffle and wine. I never imagined that located fifteen minutes from my inner city high density apartment, there would be a truffiere and vineyard. Set in the lush rolling hills of Canberra at Mt Majura is French Black Truffles Estate at the forefront of an emerging truffle industry in the capital and Mt Majura Vineyard producing exciting regional specialties.

The Verdict

The service was attentive; we (the husband and I) did not want or wait for anything that evening. Water bottles were refilled, wine was topped up and we were even offered further servings of sourdough bread for the starter and additional taro chips for the amuse.
I loved how the menu showcased the different tastes truffle can add to a dish. My stand out combination was the amuse of white onion romesco, taro chips and truffle. This elevated and elegant take on chips and dip was silky smooth with lashings of truffle and the added crunch of taro chips matching perfectly with the 2010 Mount Majura Vineyard ‘The Silurian’ Sparkling.

The husband on the other hand enjoyed the earthy flavours of the main meal - sous vide veal cutlet, morcilla, hazelnuts, baby leeks, turnips with fresh shaved truffle. The rich heavy veal coupled with morcilla (which I think is a fancy way of saying blood sausage) and the generous shavings of truffle was everything he imagined a decadent winter comfort food should taste like. Again the matching wine was spot on for this dish, a brazen and heavy red the 2013 Mount Majura Vineyard Tempranillo.

I am eager to come back to Parlour Wine Room and try out the daily menu on offer. It would be a perfect backdrop for my next girlfriend catch up where we could dissect our cares and worries away in the dark candle lit space while noshing on tapas and sipping on wine.