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It’s that time of year that gourmands celebrate – the arrival of truffle season. The pungent, intoxicating fragrance of the rare fungi is coveted the world over, and the prized white truffle will thoroughly infuse the dishes at LPM Restaurant & Bar this autumn in Hong Kong. LPM, which specialises in French-Mediterranean cuisine, is headlined by Chef Maurizio Pace and was recently named our Foodie Forks 2020 Editors’ Choice Best Restaurant.
Our tasting of the white truffle menu began with the eatery’s signature cocktails, ranging from (clockwise from top left) the dark and moody Ruminez ($140), to the Tomatini ($125), to the Vieux Carré ($130), to the Provençal Tonique ($120). The standout has to be the Tomatini, which is a refreshing tomato-water concoction that reminded us of sun-drenched summer days.
Part of the limited-time truffle menu, the burrata à la truffe blanche ($848) was a generous globe of creamy decadence. Fat is the ultimate enhancer of truffles, and this dish did not disappoint, although it was so substantial that it’s best shared.
A signature of the restaurant, the warm prawns with olive oil ($218) were sweet and succulent, with rich depth from the olive oil.
Another good friend of the truffle, the creamy eggs with shaved white truffle ($848) oozed indulgence. Rich and buttery, the texture of the eggs was a perfect complement to the aromatic fungi.
And, of course, the magic of cream and carbs covered in white truffle is a made-in-heaven coupling. The rigatoni with white truffle ($848) was cooked al dente and soaked up all the intoxicating aroma of the truffle. A gluttonous dish for just one, it’s also best shared.
Perhaps the most popular dish at LPM, the roast baby chicken marinated in lemon ($338) was our favourite dish of our lunch, despite the other alluring truffle dishes. The chicken was roasted to perfection, featuring caramelised, well-seasoned skin and juicy, incredibly fork-tender meat.
We couldn’t leave LPM without trying their famed French toast ($118). Served alongside spiced ice cream, it was an early reminder of Christmas. The egg-soaked brioche was extremely silky, with a burnt sugar crust.
The warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream ($118) was like a heart-warming hug on a cold day. And, really, who can resist the tantalising taste of dark chocolate?
A delicious meal executed with the type of consistent attention that we’ve come to expect from LPM. Each dish was elegant without going overboard with complicated flamboyance. Definitely a worthwhile treat, with the white truffle dishes on the menu until the end of November.
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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