An Interview with Truffles Brasserie
I walk into the brasserie at the bottom of Bruton's picturesque High Street with a sense of anticipation. I have passed by this wonderful brasserie on many occasions and cannot wait to meet the owners and sample the dishes. Needless to say I am not disappointed.
The history behind Truffles
First, a bit about Richard Sorapure, owner of Bruton’s Truffles Brasserie. Richard formerly worked front of house at, amongst other locations, London’s Park Lane Hotel before deciding to experience something different and making a switch to marketing. This change led to a varied career which included commodity trading, obtaining a degree as a mature student, and a move to Singapore where he worked for 12 years as a marine geologist and geophysicist.
Fresh fish from the south coast
Just a year after opening, the awards flooded in. Truffles has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the second year running based on consistently good reviews for both food and service. It has also been awarded Silver in 2013 and 2014 from ‘Taste of the West’ in recognition of their use of local produce.
Richard’s vision for Truffles is not just about emulating a Bistro feel. They use authentic French cooking techniques, high quality and locally sourced ingredients - and all at affordable prices. Pretty impressive. Truffles is already well known for the quality of its fish and seafood. The fish is sourced fresh from the south coast and used in their incredible Scallops in sweet chilli with ginger butter as well as their Moules Mariniere. It’s no surprise these are a particular favourite with their customers. Getting hungry yet?
There is an impressive ground floor restaurant and an upper restaurant. The wine list is happily extensive, focusing on French wines and a range of bottled French beers and ciders. Now you're thirsty as well!
You will also find many wines, spirits and soft drinks that are unique to Somerset - Richard searches far and wide to source quality, innovative and unusual products.
Summer Café Menu
This summer Truffles has introduced a new summer café menu (as below) which brings with it some lighter lunch options and includes a selection of salads and gluten free dishes.
Truffles is open from 9am for breakfast. Come along and enjoy some award winning bean shot coffee produced locally – in fact, just on the other side of town. Join them to sample a seafood favourite for lunch from 12pm or dinner from 6.30pm.
They also open all day for drinks and afternoon tea.
Truffles is a family run restaurant with a strong emphasis on customer service. Richard’s children are at the forefront with front of house manager, Simon (his son) and daughters Natasha and Nicola supervising and waiting at the tables.
The service is second to none, the decor and ambience tasteful and the food out of this world. Don't just listen to us though. After reading this I am sure you have built up quite the appetite.
Visit the Truffles website here for more information: Truffles Website
Directions are provided below….