I love this time of the year: crabs, oysters and truffles; a girl can't get much happier than this.
The word on the street was that the chef-owner at Dopo wanted to give people a chance to try out truffles without the ridiculous price, and that they were doing their truffle dishes at cost. So how could we resist?
First thing first. We started with the house salumi platter for two($24). Six flavors of salumi, each with their own note of happiness (wild fennel was the personal winner) are presented along with little toasts slivers slathered with chicken liver and ciccioli. The ciccioli was divine enough to cause a small raucous to break out at our table over who got the last piece; even better than the one I've had from the Fatted calf.
Next up, white truffles. The special truffles menu had the following:
truffled egg with polenta
mediterranean mussels with braised endive
main lobster with savory cabbage.
The dishes were only $20 each, or $50 for platter for two and $75 for three.
Being greedy, our table opted for the platters. The entrees came out on a huge platter with servings of each dish. Each entree had a generous shaving of truffles on top. Given truffle prices being what they are this year, I am not sure how they could afford to do this.
The truffled eggs with polenta was a bit of a let down. Although the consistency of the polenta was perfect, the eggs probably hadn't sat long enough with the truffles to really pick up their flavor.
The other two dishes, the lobster roll and the mussels both had fans at the table. For me, the surprise pairing of the mussels and the endives really brought out the wonderful aroma of the truffles. The lobster and cabbage was pretty good, but oh, the sweetness of the mussels combined with the earthy muskiness of the truffles.... I literally wiped that section of plate clean with my fingertips.
By the time we got to dessert, we were more or less stuffed. And as lovely as dessert was, my heart was still wishing for more of those delicious truffles.
The usual deets:
4293 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
I don't know how long they'll be doing the truffle menu for. And if you have a party bigger than 2, you should definitely call ahead to see if you can avoid their infamous wait. They are technically taking reservations for parties of 5 or larger now.