As if we’ve struck charcoal gold, Bar Alto has just received this year’s supply of fresh, indulgent truffles from Western Australia.
Manjimup Truffles is well-known for its premium yearly harvest, enhancing winter dishes across Australia thanks to shavings of the delectable mature mushroom.
Since 1997, Manjimup Truffles has worked hard to grow a total of 8,300 trees, with the French black truffle or Périgord truffle, grown alongside hazelnut trees and oak trees – and only the very best being selected to send onto restaurants.
Black truffles are best understood as an underground mushroom – the fruiting body of the fungus. Whereas mushrooms develop rapidly after rain events in the appropriate season, truffles are initiated in summer and early autumn, and continue to grow before maturing in the cold winter months. Hence, by the time a truffle is mature (and aromatic) enough to attract the attention of a well-trained dog, it will have been developing underground for up to eight months.
You can find truffles topping a number of dishes at Bar Alto this winter. Call (07) 3358 1063 to book a table.