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Pay-Day Weekend Date Idea: Enjoy Tempting Truffles With Your Man

Tonight, treat your palate to something luxuriously flavorful. Summer truffles are in season now and we've found the best places to get your truffle fix.

If you're looking for something new and fancy to try with your man on your date tonight, since it's pay-day weekend, we suggest dinner at these truffle hotspots while this delectable treat is in season.

In the foodie world, truffle is considered the culinary Holy Grail, with tales of dogs and pigs being used to sniff out these delicate mushrooms that grow underground. In late 17th century France, truffles gained prominence as a rare ingredient in gourmet cooking and were so expensive that only the nobility could afford them! Today, the volume of truffle production is so controlled that it maintains its steep prices.

A good place to find these delicacies is Red Restaurant at Makati Shangri-La. Summer truffles are available for a limited time only, and each dish is served with two grams of the black summer truffle variety. We recommend you start with White Asparagus Royale with a hearty sprinkling of truffle shavings, green asparagus tip, sea urchin, and kaiso beads for your appetizer. Another starter worth trying is the Mille Feuille of Foie Gras and Black Truffles embedded in the foie gras terrine, consisting of two layers of crushed black truffles in duck liver terrine, a shot of duck broth with truffle tortellini, and a truffle cream emulsion.

For your main course, try the Pan Fried Chilean Sea Bass with Abalone on Celeriac Cream Puree that's been braised for six hours! Rare Russian Caviar is sprinkled on top of this fish dish. Another impressive must-try (that your man will definitely love) is the Fillet Mignon with Sauce Bordelaise, braised banana shallot, garlic croutons, and mashed potatoes.

Of course, what is a knock-out meal without dessert? Red offers a ball of salmon-colored white chocolate that oozes with more chocolatey goodness. But, the best way to cap a truffle-filled meal is by enjoying the Black Truffle Cylinder filled with chocolate mousse. Rounding up this dessert platter are French Macaroons made with truffles and salty Truffle Honey Caramel, which both spell h-e-a-v-e-n!

But, okay, pay-day weekend notwithstanding, if you do want to sample some truffle treats yet lack the budget for such expensive gourmet dishes, Mamou in Serendra serves very affordable truffle creations, too. However, take note that the restaurant uses truffle oil and not shavings, so the flavor of the real mushroom not as pronounced.

At Mamou, you can start off with the Truffle Mushroom Dip with Crostini, a delectable appetizer that gives off that pungent smell of truffle essence mixed with mushroom pate. For main course, try the Truffle Cream Pasta, a sinful, carb-filled dish drizzled with a truffle essence butter sauce. Watching your weight? Opt for whole wheat pasta, as it evens out the calorific content of this delicious pasta dish.

Don't miss your chance to sample these rare gustatory treats! Try them soon before the season ends. Add it to one of those rare treats you've enjoyed with your man.

Red Restaurant is located at Makati Shangri-La, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue. For inquiries and reservations, call 813-8888. Mamou is located in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Call 856-3569 for inquiries.

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