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Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
Milko Mihaylov
22 William Street, Kilkenny,
Co.Kilkenny

Telephone: +353 (0)56 770-2748
Email: info@trufflesrestaurant.ie
Web: trufflesrestaurant.ie

Having a 'black and amber' heritage, I am always delighted to see the culinary scene in Kilkenny moving in the right direction, and it's terrific that there are two M...

Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar
  • Truffles Restaurant & Wine Bar

How to get there

Opposite the 'Tholsel' on Kilkenny's High Street.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
Lunch - 12pm-3.30pm
Dinner - 5.30pm-9.30pm
Cuisine:
European with French influences
A La Carte:
Mains €17.50 - €27.50
Table d’Hote:
Molecular cuisine tasting menu available for events and by request
Early Bird:
All week - 2/3 courses €23/€28
Sunday Lunch:
2/3 courses €18/€23
Children’s Menu:
No
Number of Covers:
45
Wheelchair Facilities:
Yes
Credit Cards:
Yes
Private Dining Facilities:
No
Wifi:
Yes

About The Restaurant

Having a 'black and amber' heritage, I am always delighted to see the culinary scene in Kilkenny moving in the right direction, and it's terrific that there are two Michelin-starred restaurants in county. Truffles on William Street, is another step forward for Kilkenny’s foodie scene.
It has been opened by Milko Mihaylov and his wife Zori, who are originally from Bulgaria. It’s very comfortably laid out and I loved the fact that while it’s billed as a restaurant and wine bar, there is a sense of formality with the waiters traditionally attired. I’m sick of going to places and having sloppy looking hipsters slapping plates down and saying ‘there you go’. There’s something lovely about a sense of really ‘going out’, and, as they demonstrate wonderfully here, it doesn't have to be overly pretentious. 

There is an extensive menu, something for everyone at lunch and dinner, from Moussaka to suckling pig, duck two ways to saffron risotto and braised beef, pan-fried salmon to 9oz rib-eye steaks.

We had the early bird menu with 2/3 courses, which featured eight starters, including beef carpaccio, smoked chicory, shaved Parmesan, rocket and walnut dressing, as well as salmon gravadlax; Kilmore Quay mussels; a faro grain salad of nutty cauliflower and chorizo; as well as the rather unusual Wicklow lamb faggot of heart, liver and breast. I kicked off with some very tasty spiced prawns, which had been tossed in white wine with a touch of chilli and garlic, centred with garden leaves and coriander salsa; while Brendan had an excellent duck terrine with crushed roasted pistachios, delicious fig chutney, and toasted sourdough.

Mains included a Provencale style roulade of lamb shoulder; wild mushroom and truffle risotto and catch of the day. I followed up with a delicious Fettuccine alla Contadina, ribbons of homemade pasta tossed in a delicious sauce of semi-dried tomatoes with fried capers, grilled aubergine, fresh parsley and shaved Parmesan, while Brendan had the bizarrely named ‘Chicken on the Run', which had me visualizing some sort of deep fried wings but was in fact a rather elegantly presented breast of chicken, stuffed with black trumpet mushrooms, shallot marmalade, resting on piped whipped potato with a rich tarragon jus and pea shoots.

Puds included chocolate tart; Madagascar pannacotta, a selection of ice-creams, cheese cake and ‘not so traditional Madellenas’. We shared one dessert of Pearl Truffles, three sizeable balls of dates, figs and honey, each with a different coating – raspberry, white and dark chocolates – drizzled with more chocolate.

We stuck to wines by the glass, available in small and large sizes, with a large glass of Tempranillo for Brendan and a small Riesling-Mosel for me.

We didn’t go to Kilkenny looking for Truffle, but we found it - and it was delicious!

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