Do you have a go-to item or meal that you have to order if it’s on a menu? For me that’s anything with truffles. It could be a glass of dairy-full milk filled with gluten, but if it’s topped with truffles I just have to order it. I have an inability to turn down truffles.
When I was living in NYC I truly believe I took the truffle tour of the entire island. Virtually every restaurant I ate at had a dish featuring truffles in some form. It may have also been the fact that I scour menus before I go to restaurants so I only choose ones that have dishes I know I would order. Such was the case with one of my favourite restaurants in Manhattan, Risotteria. This is a gluten-free and vegetarian restaurant that makes the most outstanding risotto you will ever taste. Also their GF breadsticks are the best thing since real breadsticks!
There was only one thing on the menu I would order, their truffled mushroom risotto. Since moving away I have yet to eat a risotto as good as theirs and I’m not dumb enough to even try to recreate it at home. Instead I thought I would do a lightened-up version by substituting cauliflower “rice” for real rice. Does this taste like Risotteria’s truffled mushroom risotto? Definitely not. But it’s pretty damn good. We could also talk about how it’s significantly healthier and dairy-free. Sometimes when you can’t have the real stuff you may as well substitute it with healthy ingredients, put a smile on your face and call it a day.