Nestled in a small mall on Sukhumvit Soi 49, La Bottega di Luca is an immediately welcoming space, effortlessly combining indoor-outdoor seating and cultivating a relaxed vibe that makes it a neighbourhood favourite with real panache.
This month owner Chef Luca Appino is hosting Bangkok’s very first white truffle dinner and auction. Leading up to this signature event, La Bottega has been presenting a special menu of dishes featuring the world famous Alba white truffle and we were lucky enough to be invited to sample some of the dishes prepared using the “white gold of Piedmont”.
Alba white truffles are found only in the Langhe and Roero districts of Cuneo province in the Piedmont countryside. They grow deep underground where the soil is cool, moist and rich with nutrients and have earned a place with discerning chefs as the most prestigious and expensive fungus on the market thanks to their superb flavour. The French term for the truffle hunt is called ‘cavage’. There are only three types of dog able to sniff out the truffles and when they do it is the truffle-hunters job to unearth them up using a tool called a ‘cavadou’.
We began with organic chicken egg, Parmesan cream and white truffle baked in foil (B640). It is a piquant dish, the sharpness of the cheese cutting through the richness of the egg and cream. This was followed by the much lighter seared Hokkaido scallop and white truffle (B1190) and a simple but delicious dish of truffle shavings with Luca’s famous homemade Angel Hair pasta (B990). Next we tried a risotto with fresh porcini mushroom, pumpkin and truffle (B990). The rice was perfectly cooked, slightly
al dente, the sauce not too wet. Our favourite dish was guinea fowl ravioli with Parmesan fondue and Alba white truffle sauce (B790), the gamey taste of the guinea fowl being nicely offset by the earthy flavor of the truffle and tanginess of the cheese. To finish we enjoyed a decadent pannacotta ice cream with Alba white truffle (B240).
The exclusive four-course Alba white truffle dinner and auction (B5400++) will take place on November 11, 2014. The dishes will be accompanied by a wine pairing menu featuring innovating blends presented by Giulio Saverino, founder of ‘Wine n’ About’. The dinner is sure to be a unique experience for the taste buds, and all profits from the auction of the white truffles and several rare and unique wines will go to the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health.
La Bottega Di Luca
The 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit 49 | 0 2204 1731
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