No matter how long you search Fareham for, you’re unlikely to find a restaurant as charming and as quaint as Truffles Restaurant. It’s on High Street in the very heart of town, and the husband and wife team behind the wheel are nothing but passionate. Recently refurbished and reopened, Truffles is now a gorgeous, sophisticated yet casual place to sit and enjoy some modern European cooking. There are rotating daily menus, but if dining from the a la carte, start your meal with some spiced parsnip soup or a warm salad of root vegetables, stilton and candied walnuts. For your main, consider roast pheasant ballotine, pan fried sea bass fillet or pork wrapped in prosciutto. Finish with a classic panna cotta or some curious Jamaican ginger cake, and you’ll soon see why Fareham loves Truffles Restaurant.
Lovely, relaxed lunch venue just a short walk from the bustle of the shops - fabulous starter of Pork and Guanciale, followed by a main of Pan-Roasted Venison Haunch, and Calvados panna cotta to finish - and all available on the set lunch menu - excellent cooking, friendly, efficient service, and great value - for me, the first choice in Fareham by a long way.
Top class start to 2019 at Truffles. Their January Theme Evening featured inventive takes on 'Pub Classics'. The white onion 'soup of the day had a great depth of flavour and velvety texture. This was followed by a 'prawn cocktail' of plump, juicy herb-crusted prawns in an iceberg shell with salsa and a delicate Marie Rose sauce. 'Chicken in a Basket' was the highlight of the evening with home-brined, smoked and roasted chicken, with crunchy slaw in a parmesan basket - absolutely delicious. The main event was sophisticated 'sausage and mash', with venison sausages, game faggot, smooth mash, and wilted kale, with agro dolce peppers to balance the richness of the game. Finally, a light, flavourful treacle sponge pudding with custard. Together with excellent service and a good Cote de Beaune, this was a great start to 2019 dining.
Excellent meal. Beautifully presented and served. Will definitely go again. The choice on the set menu was original and delicious. Much better than we have been offered elsewhere.