Kitchen W8 launches a menu dedicated to truffles


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The culinary delights of summer are a distant memory. Farewell, ciao, adios,arriterci to light bites, delicate salads, edible flowers and decorative mousse. As Londoners know all too well, November is cold, dark and often damp; this is when rich, hearty, comforting foods need to take center stage. Processed cheese and mash, pies and Pasta – coveted by many of us as fall gives way to winter, and especially when infused with punchy seasonal flavors like pumpkin and truffle. Chef Mark Kempson has placed this distinctive ingredient at the heart of Kitchen W8’s seasonal Truffle menu; grab it while you can – it ends this Sunday (November 27).

I come with high expectations. The Michelin starred Kitchen W8 won Best Restaurant at the National Eat Game Awards earlier this year and Kempson is renowned for his skills with both Game and truffles, two of his favorite ingredients for cooking. Although you missed the recent Game Menu, Roasted Heather Roast and Partridge Magret are still on W8’s à la carte menu. When I visit, on a cold, dark and damp evening, it is to try the Truffle menu and the W8 cuisine is welcoming, warm and calm. The staff are extremely friendly and relaxed in a way that relaxes me too (we all remain so when a fire alarm very briefly disrupts proceedings).

The more than 200 species of truffles, which grow in the roots of trees, are part of the mushroom family and have been loved by chefs for millennia for their unique and, for many, delicious taste. The truffles served at Kitchen W8 come from Zak Frost at Wiltshire Truffles and Kempson has included not one but three varieties on its special truffle menu (£140pp and £190pp with matching wines).

I still don’t feel full, which is a testament to Kempson’s skill at creating hearty portions that aren’t heavy. So more carbs you say? Why never? To finish: hot rice pudding with roasted pear, grilled hazelnuts and truffle honey. A hug in the form of a dessert. I feel well cared for, well fed and well and truly full.

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If you miss the truffle menu, Kempson always offers a seasonal six-course tasting menu (£95pp), which I can’t wait to return for. And if you’re a wine connoisseur, visit to make the most of Kitchen W8 opening a different bottle or magnum of good wine every week – like Puligny Montrachet and Saint-Emilion – so you can try by the glass at price costing the price. On Sunday evening, take advantage of the free corkage. In these cold and dark times, what could be better than comfort food at its best, accompanied by a good glass of wine? Cheers!

Kitchen W8, 11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, W8 6AH, kitchenw8.com

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