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A Taste of the New Truffles (& Bone Marrow)

Posted Aug 10 2011 7:33am

One week ago today, I ate bone marrow. And it was fantastic.

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Let me back up a bit. Truffles is a restaurant in Ladue that recently revamped their look, menu, and overall experience. I was never able to visit the old Truffles but the “new” version was very inviting and had a great happy hour - $3 glass of wine? Yes, please!

The Truffles motto, “Rooted in the flavor of the season” is one that Chef John Griffiths upholds by changing the menu daily based on what’s available and in season in the Midwest. On their website, he states:

“Cooking with the freshest, locally grown ingredients is crucial when staying true to the Italian philosophy of cooking. We live in a region that is ripe with produce and livestock to give us an ever evolving variety of textures and flavors.”

I studied the menu all day at work and drooled over my options. They offer starters, a pasta course, fish and meat dishes, a variety of sides, and dessert. They also offer a few choices for those looking to share a larger course.

A group of us went, all bloggers of course, and started out by ordering one of every appetizer on the menu. Go big or go home, right? I do believe this was my favorite course. We had…

(As I’ve said before, I don’t feel qualified to review restaurants, so please consider this just a description of dinner from my point of view.)

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Sweet Corn Soup

(pancetta, fava beans, cabbage, smoked olive oil)

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Tomatoes

(ricotta dolce, basil-pistachio, petite greens, cured egg yolk)

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Trout Cruda

(tartar style, pecans, lemons, smoked trout caviar, herbs)

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Housemade Burrata

(cherrywood aged balsamic, petite basil, crostini)

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Roasted Bone Marrow

(pistachios, capers, crostone, herb salad)

Oh bone marrow. I thought we would get a couple of tiny bones but no, our waitress brought out these T-Rex size bones filled with juicy, buttery bone marrow. I spread it on bread and each bite exploded in succulence. We scraped the bones until they were dry and anxiously awaited the pasta course.

(Not pictured: Olives – marinated olives with citrus and herbs)
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Venetian Risotto

(shellfish, roasted pepper, fennel, mascarpone)

Very good risotto, but not quite as tasty as the Potato Gnocchi that I tasted from down the table!

And then, the main course arrived.

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Trout

(purgatory beans, sweet corn, venetian pancetta, spring garlic, mint)

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(baked polenta with pancetta, honey and chives)

The trout had an excellent crust around the outside and was just the right main course to compliment the variety of appetizers (mainly because it was light and I was already full!). An excellent end to a string of delicious plates.

I didn’t order dessert but they looked wonderful. Next time!

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As a side note, the wine list looked great. I know that they’ve worked hard on their wine collection and from what I could tell, it looked extensive. The wines I had were great and went well with my meal.

Overall, we had a great experience at Truffles. The food was delicious and our server was prompt and attentive. I highly recommend checking out their new in-season, rotating menu! You’ll surely enjoy it.

Our group dined at Truffles as part of a media event to allow a taste of their new menu. We took a survey after the meal, and they allowed US to decide what to pay for our meals. We were not compensated in any other way and trust me, this food was worth the amount they charged!

Question: Have you ever eaten bone marrow? Would you?

P.S. Check out the new header! I love it. Thanks to Iron Stef for the beautiful pepper – check her out !

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