The Manfredi approach to simplicity, elegance, service and superb food is evident in every aspect of the culinery delights of Pretty Beach House. Italian born Stefano Manfredi is one of Australia’s most celebrated and influential chefs and a leading exponent of Modern Italian cuisine. Guests may dine in the atrium dining room, privately within their own pavilion, in the wine cellar or al fresco on the landscaped property. An extensive range of premium wines and spirits has been selected to complete the gastronomic experience. For those looking even further, the wine cellar is stocked with rare old and new world wines.
Each year we hold an exclusive Black Manjimup Truffle Dinner. With limited seating this event is one of the list.
Truffles have always provoked a mythical reputation simply because they were so mysterious.
Plutarch thought that they were formed by a chemical reaction involving soil, water, heat and
lightning. Theophrastus wrote of truffles being vegetables, made by lightning and capable of
reproduction by seed. The ancient Romans thought the best truffles came from Africa.
It’s no wonder that for centuries scholars argued about the origins of these strange fungi.
Their appearance, taste and growing patterns are not like that of any other mushrooms. They
belong to a small group of Ascomycetes which, rather than forming typical aerial fruiting
bodies (mushroom spores), grow exclusively underground.
This means that because they are not easily found (they live and grow 10-20 centimetres
below ground) and thrive only in symbiotic relationship with certain trees like hazel and oak,
they are assured a high price in the market place.
Ours are picked and air freighted to us from The Wine and Truffle Company’s truffle grounds
in Manjimup, Western Australia. We receive them within two days from harvesting.
Last season we paid up to $2,300 per kilo for these black tuber melanosporum. Over the season,
which hopefully will stretch well into August, we’ll present various dishes using these unique,
Australian grown, truffles.