For those that read my blog, a few weekends ago I went down south to Manjimup to my bf's family reunion and 100 years of his family farm. During that weekend, we managed to go to a truffle farm, and if you didn't know Manjimup is one of the only places in the Southern Hemisphere that is able to successful produce truffles worth their weight in gold. The weekend that we went was luckily in the truffle season!
We ventured to Wine and Truffle Co. which of course farms truffles (and you can even go on a truffle hunt in the morning - which we didn't do because we weren't there long enough, although learning about how it's farmed and hunting with the dogs would be an experience, maybe next time). They also have a small winery.
We were a little early for our booking so tried bits of their truffle products. One of them was this amazing and I mean beautifully amazing truffle mustard. The aroma and taste of the truffle was present in each bite and spread of the mustard. But at $18.00 a 100g jar, I don't know if I like it that much to get it.
When everyone came and the menu was placed in front of us, they had two options - one was sharing plate and the other was a la carte. We all decided the a la carte menu was the way to go. Their a la carte menu was simple and sweet with options of homemade pie, duck and gnocchi.
Bf's dad, Bf's brother and I wanted something hearty and warm seeing as it was rather cold and cloudy outside so opted for the homemade steak pie with wine sauce and truffle mash potatoes. The mash potatoes was lovely and there was a generous amount of truffle through the whole mash, which gave this rich amazing flavour. The pie on the other hand was slightly dry and the steak was tough. I think my cousin makes it better. However, it was hearty and it was huge. A struggle to finish it.
Bf's mum and Bf's brother's gf on the other hand had the duck breast. She said it was perfectly cooked and big flakes of truffles were placed on top of the dish. The duck dish was infused with herbs and spices and she and bf's brother's gf were both satisfied and delighted. Bf's mum said it was the perfect lunch size.
Bf opted for the gnocchi dish. It was very creamy and the blue cheese was rather strong. The gnocchi itself was a little under cook - too sticky. But the truffle and blue cheese did go well together. I don't think I would have been able to finish his dish had I gotten it, as it was far too creamy for my liking.
Of course, lunch is never complete without dessert. There was the baked cheese cake which bf's dad, bf's brother and his gf had. All of them couldn't stop ranting and raving about how good it was. Poor bf was rather devo about not having it seeing as it had a nut base.
Bf opted instead, for the scones with cream and jam. A rather boring choice for a dessert if you ask me.
Even though I was stuffed, and it was cold outside, I felt like having ice-cream was went for the truffle ice-cream. It was actually rather heavenly. Although, I have to admit I don't like the smell of truffle in ice-cream, it's just not right. But cream and truffle seemed to go so well together, it was almost like cookies and cream ice-cream, minus the chunky crunchy texture.
Overall, Wine and Truffle co. wasn't too bad. The prices were extremely reasonable. The food was hearty. The service was lacking. The room seemed rather sterile because it was so white despite the paintings on the wall. It needs more of an ambiance. And the whole place leading up to the restaurant really needs to get a face lift and tidying. But apart from the superficial comment, the food was alright for a small country cafe. Definitely not like eating truffle at a fine dining place where they give you a small amount you can't even see in the food, but rather decent servings of truffle.
So if you want to know what truffle is and the fuss surrounding it and want to taste it and learn more about it, Wine and Truffle Co. is probably the place to do it!