Camden may be the home of indie clubs and craft beer, but Trufflesecco is the latest addition to a burgeoning upmarket scene. Rooted in the philosophy that you should celebrate with luxuries every day, this is an ethos we can get behind.
The look is that of an Venetian bacaro, with low lighting typical of many hip London restaurants. The interior is rustic, with unvarnished dark wood instead of the frou-frou filigree found in a champagne bar. The overall feel of the space is intimate and down-to-earth.
There is a selection of small tables as well as two wooden bars for larger groups. The window seats looking out over Camden high street provide the best spot for a bit of people-watching. The selection of prosecco is intriguing, with prices ranging from everyday to special occasion.
Surprisingly, perhaps, only two proseccos are available by the glass – the Extra Dry NV and the Superiore Brut. Clearly the idea here is to hang around and sink a whole bottle. Our favourite of these was the Extra Dry NV, which has a gentle fizz and a fruity flavour and there are several options when indulging too, such as Pink Epsilon and even Thomson & Scott’s Skinny Prosecco, should you care about such things. Staff are ready with recommendations if you’re finding it hard to choose.
There is also a selection of Italian wines. Most of these are sourced from Veneto – the region where prosecco is made – but there are a couple of southern wines such as a Puglian Salentino and a Sicilian Zibibbo.
If you’re planning on lingering over a bottle or two, some sustenance would probably be wise. The menu is short, offering sharing platters as well as hot mains but with truffle at the heart. We enjoyed a generous mound of burrata weighed down with truffle shavings and truffle tapenade, the sight of which was a luxury in itself.
Italian-sourcing is key to the meat and the cheese platter. The former has all the classics: coppa, proscuitto, mortadella and two types of salami. The cheese board has some interesting inclusions, such as umbriaco prosecco, Veneto’s ‘drunken cheese’, which is bathed in prosecco as it matures.
Both boards come with flavourful artichoke crostini and some fennel taralli, crisp, donut-shaped biscuits flavoured with fennel seeds. Just in case your truffle cravings aren’t satisfied, there is also a small shop to get your hit at home.
Written by Sarah Hogg, June 2016
1 Camden High St
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