This year fresh white truffle, the world’s most expensive luxury food which sells at Harrods for £6,500 a kilo will be available at Boisdale at the very best price ever seen in London for many decades. To celebrate Boisdale’s 30th Anniversary — Boisdale restaurants will be serving Fresh White Italian Alba Truffles (5 grams), shaved at the table, with linguine as a main course at 50% off for the unbelievable price of £29.50 per person (usually £59.50).
The heavy rainfall in Northern Italy produced a bumper crop of this high-quality delicacy at a relatively low price. Experts at the National Centre for Truffle Studies in Alba, Italy say that “the indications are excellent and suggest that we’ll remember this year for a long time to come with the price currently languishing at ‘just’ £1,741 — £2,177 per 1 kg (€2,000 to €2,500), which is roughly half the price of last year’s crop.”
In previous years, most noticeably severe, pre-recession 2007 (the black year for the white truffle), prices rocketed to £6,500 per one kilogram, as overseas millionaires snaffled what little truffle there was, ostentatiously racking up four-figure bills in smart restaurants around the world.
The record price paid for a white truffle was set in December 2007 when Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid £210,000 for a specimen weighing 1.5kg. He followed it up the next year buying one for £128,000 that was slightly over one kilogramme and dug up in Molise, a region in Italy’s south.
Boisdale gourmets will have an opportunity to feast on this rare mushroom, courtesy of A Romani, a company whose aim is to supply the best truffles of all varieties at the best price all year round.
Andrew Rose, Executive Head Chef, comments: “I love creating truffle recipes — it’s a diamond of cookery and people have been feasting on it for almost 4,000 years. The fresh truffle is a living mushroom, which gives off its perfume for several days and is unlike any other ingredient in cooking. Truffle shines in pasta dishes which is how we offer it at Boisdale. However, at home as a treat, I add it to my scrambled eggs in a morning which is a true food heaven!”