When you’ve got truffles, you don’t need jewels to score a diamond. ;) Truffles AKA the diamonds of the kitchen are some of the most elusive food ingredients in the world. Just in time for autumn/fall truffle season, Miami restaurants have some truffle hidden gems to enjoy the fragrant fungi this season.
White truffles are known for their aromatic scents and rich flavors, often found as shaved toppers like in Negroni Midtown’s Truffle Gnocchi. On the other hand, black truffles maintain their robust flavors when heated, making them an elegant ingredient for butters, oils and sauces, such as in Kosushi Miami’s truffle dressing in their Salmon Truffle Maki.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best SoFlo spots serving up various truffle selections this season.
Best Truffle Dishes in Miami
Head to Mamey to give your palate a whirlwind of flavor and let your tastebuds explore the secret behind a perfectly balanced and exquisite truffle dish, peppered with succulent flavors that characterize Caribbean cuisine. Mamey, an island-inspired restaurant by James Beard Nominee and Food & Wine’s Best New Chef of 2020, Chef Niven Patel, showcases the exotic flavors and spices commonly found in the islands paired with new exciting ingredients. Truffle lovers won’t be able to resist the White Truffle and Brie Grilled Cheese ($14) with Sullivan Street Bread and a tangy Florida Mango Jam that is perfect for dipping. Address: Thesis Hotel, 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Negroni Bistro & Sushi Bar
Negroni Midtown is the prime neighborhood hotspot for international comfort fare, whether it’s a round of premium cocktails before a juicy burger to sushi from the Nikkei bar. Negroni offers a wide selection of truffle options to satisfy any truffle aficionado, from brunch specials to nigiri. The Truffle Eggs ($17) are only available during weekend brunch, so don’t miss out on a dish of scrambled eggs, truffle stracciatella and sauteed mushrooms over sourdough toast. Further menu items include the chef’s choice Tuna Tartare ($22), an appetizer dish of yellowfin tuna tartare, onions, peppers, scallions, sesame, avocado aioli, chipotle mayo, crispy quinoa and truffle ponzu sauce. For an entree, try the stacked Truffle Burger ($21) with an angus burger, sauteed mushrooms, stracciatella, mixed greens and truffle mayo on a brioche burger; or Truffle Gnocchi ($26), asiago cheese stuffed potato gnocchi with truffled mushrooms. Fish lovers can delight in the Hamachi Truffled ($22), with truffle ponzu sauce, togarashi, shoestring potatoes and black truffles; or the Trufado ($12), a nigiri of salmon tataki, black truffles and truffle honey. Address: 3201 Buena Vista Blvd, Miami, FL 33127
Miami Beach’s favorite French-Mediterranean supper club Villa Azur presents a chic and romantic atmosphere to imagine oneself whisked away to the shores of France. This truffle season, kick off the European elegance with Truffle Burrata ($70), 16 oz burrata, shaved truffle and filone toast; and Arancini Lobster ($19), fried lobster risotto spheres, truffle aioli, cauliflower and parmesan cheese. Complete the meal with an entree of Raviole de Romans ($45), delicate petit French ravioles comte cheese, truffle cream and shaved fresh truffle. Don’t forget to add on some sides, such as adding truffle to the Homemade Mashed Potatoes ($12) and Pommes Frites ($10) for +$14. Still not enough truffles? Guests can enhance any dish with a gram of black truffle for $35. Address: 309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Chotto Matte Vibrant global restaurant brand Chotto Matte harmoniously blends Peruivan and Japanese cuisine to craft a one-of-a-kind Nikkei menu offering both sharable a la carte options and single servings. Across its diverse selection includes a handful of truffle-infused items, perfect to enjoy this truffle season. Sashimi fans can happily enjoy the Yellowtail “Nikkei Sashimi” ($23), made with yellowtail, cherry tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro and yuzu truffle soy; and the Spicy Tuna Sashimi ($23), with caramelized nashi pear, crispy filo Aji truffle, wasabi soy and shiso cress. Those searching for a delicious side to add some flair to any meal can order the Truffled Purple Potato Mash ($16), made with black truffle and apple wood smoked purple potato purée. Address: 1666 Lenox Ave. #1664, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Created by 5x Michelin Star Award-Winning Chef George Koshoji, Kosushi Miami brings a modern take to authentic Japanese cuisine by merging in Brazilian flavors. The restaurant’s artful atmosphere presents a handful of truffle dishes across its detailed menu, including the cold dish selections of King Crab ($38), with truffle infused butter and pink salt; and Aussie Wagyu Aburi Truffle ($28) with seared wagyu, mushrooms and truffle ponzu. For exquisite individual pieces, try the Salmon Toro Truffle ($9), a signature sushi piece of torched salmon belly, truffle oil, lemon zest and pink salt; or the Salmon Truffle ($20), a maki piece of whitefish, salmon, avocado, truffle dressing and micro greens. Address: 801 South Pointe Dr Unit# 105, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Fratelli La Bufala
Fratelli La Bufala has been bringing the taste of Naples, Italy to Miami Beach since 2005, serving up mouthwatering pastas, pizzas and more for both date nights and family affairs. Fratelli’s expansive menu presents a gourmet take on Neapolitan fare, and for truffle season, nothing’s more Italian than blending the bold flavors of truffles with elegant pasta dishes. Guests can get a taste of carefully made truffle creations in the Truffle Ravioli ($32), house-made ravioli with pear and gorgonzola cheese in a creamy cacio e pepe truffle sauce; or the Pappardelle ai Funghi Porcini ($22), house-made pappardelle with sauteed porcini mushrooms and thyme, with the option to add truffle oil (+$3) and a carpaccio truffle slice (+$5). Address: 437 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139