Unfortunately the previous incarnations of Truffles shut down before I was ever able to pay them a visit, however I do understand that it used to be quite an avant-guard restaurant back in the day. So when I noticed that it had reopened, a trip was certainly on the cards. The new sun-bleached coastal decor works very well, the front of house was very attentive and their Nyetimber sparkling white is delicious. But I have to be honest here… the food, whilst beautifully presented, was a bit of an expensive let down. My tiger prawns starter were no larger than your average Mediterranean prawns. The lovely looking sauce it came out in was also woefully under-seasoned and dare I say a bit bland. As for my pork belly, it was nice but just “nice”. Without wanting to sound too snobby; I thought the Brewhouse & Kitchen pork belly was much more enjoyable at a rather more reasonable price. There was also the issue of the semi open kitchen, clothes straight into the laundry basket at home scenario… I’m a big fan of Castle Road, always have been. I like the charm and quaintness it oozes. So naturally I want to see the eateries and shops that line the road be successful. But if Truffles wants to remain afloat on the road, then some minor adjustments will need to be made to their back of house and pricing.
I always feel very conflicted when I write something like this, because I don’t consider myself as a food critic, nor do I align myself with the type of people who are. I’m not someone who enjoys trash talking someone else’s business and hard work. I just want to see our local eateries (and our city in general) do well. So I’m not saying don’t check Truffles out for yourself, this is still early days for them, and no doubt there are some teething problems which will get resolved. What I am saying is that you could, perhaps, get better for slightly cheaper elsewhere.