(SPOT.ph) The word “truffle” immediately brings to mind dishes reserved for fine-dining, special occasion-only restaurants with hefty price tags, but truffle dishes are now widely available throughout the Metro, most popularly in the form of creamy pastas. Truffle oil as an ingredient has become so common in recent years that some chefs even refuse to cook with it—not because it's hard-to-find and expensive, but because a lot of commercially made truffle oils and pastes don't even contain real truffle. Still, we get how hard it is to resist that distinctive earthiness and addictive aroma.
While each one is different depending on where you might find it, truffle cream pasta typically resembles a carbonara and is often topped with things like mushroom, bacon, ham, and various cheeses. Anyone who’s tried a good truffle dish knows that it works best when that earthy flavor is the star of the show. For this list, we scoured restaurants of all kinds around the Metro in search of the best truffle cream pasta and ranked them based on truffle flavor, richness, toppings, and quality and type of pasta used, so you know where to go the next time you’ve got a taste for truffle.
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10. Nonna’s Truffle Pasta from Nonna’s (P285)
It’s hard not to be attracted to the quirky Italian-deli vibe of Nonna’s when you see their homey wooden fixtures and signature red, yellow, and teal wallpaper—and homey is exactly what their truffle pasta brings. While the truffle flavor is present in this dish, the ultra-creamy flavor makes this one a friendly starting point for truffle newbies—closer to a typical carbonara, especially as this one has quite a bit of cheese competing with the truffle flavor. The use of thick fettucine pasta plus the slice of bread on the side make this a perfectly filling meal for one.
Nonna’s is at Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City.
9. Truffle Mushroom Pasta from Churchill (P350)
Churchill’s 1940s speakeasy vibe might make it seem like it's not the type of place you could go for an indulgent sit-down meal, but don't let that stop you. We recommend getting there early (they open at 5 p.m.) for a hearty dinner before the place starts filling up and then going straight into drinks after eating. Their Truffle Mushroom Pasta is topped with dried mushrooms for a bit of bite and some extra umami. The truffle taste shines through in this one, with both the mushroom and the cream not being too overpowering. Served on regular spaghetti noodles, it has all the characteristics of a truffle pasta dish that would appeal to most. It might have ranked higher on our list if only the serving were a little bigger.
Churchill is at 6/F North Wing, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
8. Trufa from Trufa Pasta Bar (P350)
The maze-like streets of Legazpi Village are always a good place to hunt for under-the-radar grub, and if you’re lucky enough, you might have already stumbled upon Trufa Pasta Bar. This place is a treat especially for pasta lovers since they offer a totally customizable do-it-yourself selection of noodles, sauces, and toppings that let you create your perfect pasta dish. The Trufa sauce, as the name of the restaurant suggests, is their signature item. They recommend having it with wide flat tagliatelle since thick noodles tend to help balance out the strong truffle flavor. We opted for a toppings-free dish to really get an unadulterated taste, and it did not disappoint. The just-creamy-enough sauce pairs well with the dense noodles for a filling and delicious dish. And while the sauce is good enough on its own, it’s also light enough for those who would prefer to add extra flavor with toppings or would like to pair it with a more delicate noodle—simple but satisfying.
Trufa Pasta Bar is at 109 Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
7. White Truffle Pasta from Single Origin (P450)
Of all the truffle pasta dishes we sought, Single Origin’s was one of the most unique. The linguine noodles served with mushroom, crispy bacon bits, a poached egg, and two baguette slices had us convinced that truffle pasta could actually be a viable breakfast option—pretty apt considering the restaurant’s wide selection of coffee and rustic wide-window interiors. While this one is on the richer end of the spectrum (we don’t recommend you order any side dishes with it if you’re dining alone), there’s still room for a little more truffle flavor to come through. This dish is every bit Sunday morning-indulgent and we wouldn’t stop you from starting your day with it.
Single Origin has branches at Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City; Greenbelt 3 and Edades Tower, Amorsolo corner Rockwell Drive, Rockwell, Makati City.
6. Truffle Cream Pasta from Refinery (P350)
Refinery’s Truffle Cream Pasta won bonus points right away thanks to that slab of jamon serrano right on top of the linguine noodles. Throw in the portobello mushroom, truffle oil, and cream, and you’ve got yourself a dish that’s hearty without being overwhelming—you won’t have any trouble finishing it by yourself. If you’re looking for a quick, no-fail filler-upper right before enjoying one of the restaurant’s unlimited wine nights, look no further.
Refinery has branches at Joya Towers, Rockwell, Makati City; and Greenhills Promenade, San Juan City.
5. Spaghettini Tartufata from Cibo (P455/regular; P795/family)
Count on Cibo to make a reliable pasta dish that’s both fancy enough for a seasoned epicure, but still homey enough for anyone in the family to enjoy. Their Spaghettini Tartufata has three different kinds of cheese (fontina, goat cheese, and parmesan), making it a great option for anyone who loves that gooey, stringy cheese in their pasta. And yet, despite the abundance of cheese melted into the cream, the truffle remains the star of the show with each flavor blending perfectly into the fine spaghettini noodles for a delicate and delicious dish. Fair warning: Two people could easily get through the family size and still be ready for more—even with their signature ciabatta bread on the side.
See a list of Cibo branches.
4. Spaghetti con Panna e Tartufo from Salvatore Cuomo (P490)
If fine dining is what you’re looking for, then Salvatore Cuomo is a good spot to hit. The restaurant’s ambience—with carpeted floors, a high ceiling, and elegant black furniture—makes for a great place to dine for a celebration or a fancy date, and their truffle pasta promises no less. Served with earthy mushrooms and lightly sprinkled with grated parmesan, this dish offers a perfectly highlighted truffle flavor that’s on the savory side, but not unpleasantly salty nor cloyingly creamy. The serving size could be bigger, though, so you might have to order more to fill up your stomach.
Salavatore Cuomo is at Uptown Parade, Uptown Bonifacio.
3. Lorenzo’s Truffle Cream from Mamou (P395)
Of all the pastas on this list, Mamou’s is perhaps the simplest—no toppings, no fancy noodles, no ooey-gooey cheese—but it takes the third spot based on flavor alone. The truffle comes full force in this one without being too rich or overwhelming. The light truffle cream marries perfectly with the spaghettini noodles—and the sprinkle of nutty, mildly salty Grana Padano cheese brightens up the flavor. Pair it with one of the restaurant’s juicy steaks or enjoy it on its own. If you’re looking for a dish with no-nonsense truffle flavor that’ll hit all the right spots, better make this your go-to.
Mamou has branches at Serendra, Bonifacio Global City; Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City; and Ayala Malls The 30th, Pasig City.
2. Truffle Pappardelle from Da Gianni Cucina Italiana (P450)
Da Gianni’s Truffle Pappardelle uses black truffle paste—other restaurants usually opt for truffle oil—for a rich, as-real-as-it-gets truffle flavor that goes well with the homemade broad pasta noodles and slices (yes, slices) of fresh parmigiano. This one packs a whole symphony of flavors, from the savory-nutty parmigiano to the pungent-garlicky truffle, but somehow each one manages to perfectly complement the other; the al-dente pappardelle makes the whole thing even more enjoyable. While we wish this place had more branches further up north of the Metro (you can find it in Alabang’s Westgate Hub), their truffle pasta is totally worth the drive.
Da Gianni Cucina Italiana is at Westgate Hub, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
1. Organic Eggs Tagliatelle from Va Bene Pasta Deli (P440/regular; P795/large)
Truffle oil in white wine cream sauce with mixed mushrooms and eggs sounds simple enough, but they come together like a dream when paired with Va Bene’s extra-thick tagliatelle noodles. This version's earthy flavor, excellently highlighted by silky, creamy white wine sauce and perfectly cooked mushrooms, pairs just right with the handmade al-dente pasta. The dish is every bit indulgent thanks to the eggs, but not so that it's cloyingly rich. Just when you think you’re done, you’ll be scooping more onto your plate because this stuff is wipe-your-plate-with-your-bread level good.
Va Bene Pasta Deli has branches at Petron Gas Station, EDSA corner Pasay Road, Dasmari¤as Village, Makati City; and Central Square, Bonifacio Global City.