Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The irrepressible and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM attends the XX Anniversary World Alba White Truffle Charity Auction dinner in…
MERAVIGLIOSO Aura ristorante in historic Singapore’s National Gallery which used to be the Supreme Court. Aura is a fine dining Italian ristorante helmed by mio amico Chef -Owner Guiseppe “Beppe” de Vito. Amuse bouche featured 3 types of tiny cute canapes…Baby Carrot with Vermouth Gelee, Baby Radish with Anchovy Crema and Baby Zucchini with Hazelnut Panna Cotta. Really whet my appetite! These were paired with a energising sparkling wine made by the metodo classico which is also used to make champagne. The Millesimato Pas Dose (no dosage of sugar added) Contratto Giuseppe from Canelli in Italy.
White Truffles come from Alba in Piemonte in sunny Italy and is coveted by gourmets worldwide. The Governor of Piemonte, Alberto Cirio, told us all about White Truffles and how they are all natural and cannot be cultivated. Tuba magnatum Pico is the scientific name and to put it very simply, the Truffle is an underground mushroom or hypogeous fungus! They are found by Trifolao or truffle hunters with special dogs who can smell the Truffle.
The antipasto was appetising Tuna Belly Rolls with Onion Cream, Piedmonte Hazelnuts and with lashings of White Truffle which Chef-Owner Beppe kindly personally grated for me! Truffle has amazing aromas of honey, hay, garlic, spices and more…A lovely red Barbera d’Alba DOC 2012 by Filippo Gallino from Piemonte.
Pasta was next…mouth-watering Delica Pumpkin Tortelli, Cheese Fondue and lashings of aromatic Alba White Truffle. A youthful medium bodied piedmontese Barbaresco DOCG 2106 by Bruno Rocca with red fruit expressions.
Before the main course, it was the World White Alba Charity Auction of Truffles and Wines. A gigantic White Truffle of 1005g was auctioned simultaneously in Moscow, Hong Kong and Singapore by Livestream web-link and shown live on TV monitors. It was finally bought by a Hong Kong buyer for 120,000 Euros!
My main course was a medallion of tender and juicy Smoked Grass Fed Beed Tenderloin done medium with Seasonal Vegetables Bagna Cauda. The beef went hand in glove with a classic Barolo with fine tannins, very smooth on the palate and lots of “fruitti di bosco” (fruits of the forest) flavours. It was Barolo Carobric DOCG 2000 by Paolo Scavino of Piedmonte. This wine impressed me!
Dessert Dome of Kalingo Chocolate was very yummie with Raspberry and Caramel Chantilly. A sweet sparkling Asti Spumante Dolce (sweet) DOCG matched well as the chocolate flavour was not overpowering.
Aura has good food and wines also fabulous views of the Padang and the Singapore City skyline plus the Two Durians and the Surfboard of MBS. Keep calm and enjoy White Truffles! Buon appetito! 🙂
Level 5 National Gallery
1, St. Andrews Road
Tel: 6866 1977