As par of our honeymoon, my wife and I passed through London. London is a great city and one we hope to spend more time at in the future, but the most we could manage was a 20-hour layover this time around. Given the short amount of time we were here, we decided to squeeze in a few sights, shopping at Harrods, and of course, a meal. The wife is a Gordon Ramsay fan, so I decided to have us visit one of his many restaurants. Because I knew shopping at Harrods was going to be a priority, I chose Petrus. Petrus is a short 10 minute walk from Harrods on Kinnerton Street. It is a 1 Michelin Star restaurant serving French food with British flair and British ingredients.
The atmosphere here is a balance of modern and classic, with the focal point being the enormous, circular glass wine cellar in the center of the dining room. Around it are the tables with a variety of regular tables & chairs in addition to tables with booths. The service here is, of course, top notch. It's very attentive, but not overbearing at all. You have a good amount of privacy, but your drink will never sit empty and empty plates will never sit in front of you. But of course, you're probably wondering how the food is? It's great!
The menus here change seasonally and are presented a la carte (3 courses, 65GBP) or Chef's Tasting Menu (75GBP). On our visit, my wife chose to go the a la carte route and I chose the tasting menu.
To start, we were both serve an amuse bouche consisting of a foie gras + jelly sandwich and a cigar filled with truffled cream cheese. This was followed by a carrot soup. All were very tasty small bites. Wish I could have had more!
The first menu item up was my wife's appetizer. She chose the a la carte menu just to order this special. It's a pasta with wild mushrooms, parmesan foam, and A LOT of fresh Alba truffles freshly shaven table side. At the same time, I was served my first course: ballotine of Landes foie gras with semi dried grapes, green beans and hazelnut crumble. Again, both dishes were simply AMAZING! The foie gras was very well balanced and the wife's pasta was just pure decadence.
Next up was my second course: pan-fried sea scallops with cauliflower, anchovy and caper, lemon beurre noisette. The scallop was perfectly cooked, as expected, with a great crust and tender center. This was followed by our main courses. My wife ordered the roasted venison with braised red cabbage, smoked chestnut puree and juniper berry jus. For my main course, there was a choice in the tasting menu, so I chose the Red leg Partridge with pearl barley, pancetta, roast fig, walnut and jus. Both were good and different for both of us, as these kinds of dishes aren't available back home in Hawaii.
Next up was my palate cleanser/pre-dessert. There was a choose of this standard dish or cheese plate (additional charge). The standard option on this occasion was a Blackcurrant sorbet with lemon meringue and champagne foam.
Next up was dessert. For her's, my wife chose the caramelized figs with hazelnut sable, fresh honeycomb, cob nuts and yogurt sorbet. My dessert, on the other hand, was the standard menu item, and the dessert they're known for hear. It's a chocolate sphere with milk ice cream and honeycomb. It's served to you as a sphere as the name implies, however, they pour warm chocolate sauce over it, melting it and revealing the ice cream. Both were great, though the wife wished she had ordered something sweeter.
Finally, we were served petite fours of white chocolate coated ice cream.
After we paid, the staff gave us a tour while we waited for our cab. We even got to meet Petrus' head chef. After that, it was back to the Renaissance London Heathrow to get some sleep before heading over to the airport for our noon flight the next day.
My boyfriend's incredibly thoughtful family purchased my boyfriend and I a voucher for what can be described as an incredible evening. Our experience at Petrus can be summed up in one word...Perfection!
The 100% French staff really looks after you. We definitely felt special. Expect to commit a lot of time to dinning. We were at Petrus for at least 3 hours.
The portion sizes are ideal. Initially, we thought we would go home hungry....6 courses later....we could barely move. My boyfriend ordered the pheasant. I would suggest you do the same, as he is still talking about it. The chocolate sphere is an absolute must. The dessert presentation can only be described as "magic". Once you have dessert at Petrus, you will understand. Save room for the fantastic tea and chocolates.
The décor was a bit modern for my taste, but the food and the dining experience more than makes up for it.
I would consider Gordon Ramsay's Petrus a London must!
So far, one of the best Ramsey restaurants we have tried to date. Prices are very reasonable at three courses for £65. With the exceptional service, classy ambiance and delicious food, £65 is a bargain. The staff were professional and not pretentious.
The pasta special was wonderful! The white truffles were shaved table side and very generously!! Freshly made pasta always has a special place in my stomach. I liked that instead of the usual sauces poured on top/ into the souffle they did a chocolate sorbet. It added a nice richness to the dish.
Fresh pasta with mushroom sauce (cep mushrooms?) and white truffle shavings
Pan-fried fillet of sea bream with confit potato, sprouting broccoli and oyster beurre blanc
Roasted venison with braised red cabbage, smoked chestnut purée and elderberry jus
Apple and caramel parfait with compressed apple, cinnamon and star anise Pistachio soufflé with Guanaja chocolate sorbet
One of the best restaurants, ever. And after coming from Paris, some of the best food and service at Petrus (vs those in Paris). Went there for lunch (figured dinner was pricier so lunch is the same food plus atmosphere minus the hassle of getting reservations on short notice).
Afterwards they took us on a short kitchen tour downstairs which was a nice gesture. And yes the kitchen was spotless and run like a precision timepiece. Impressive.
Being American, harsh USD Euro translation but it was well worth it.
A perfect place for dinner.
Had a fantastic time here. My expectations were immensely high and, surprisingly, fully met!
The ambiance is very comfortable, lacking in pretence and entirely classy. The staff are very efficient and competent, retaining a professional level of friendliness and attentiveness, without becoming excessively familiar. They treated us very well, made sure everything was perfect. We even got to meet the chef and was given a tour of the kitchen.
The courses were amazing. Each one a delightful experience. I've never has a better meal. The beef was perfect.
You naturally expect the food to be extraordinary, but really it is the staff and management that make it shine. The experience of good food can be soiled by poor staff and service, so it is always impressive when a place gets everything as it should be.
Definitely a 5 star worthy Ramsay restaurant. Nicely located in the posh area of West London. It is indeed a tad walk from tube station but not really a trek in my opinion. If you have lived in London this walk is a breeze.
As for the food, it was definitely worth it. I thought that my foie gras and pear balanced each other to produce an enjoyable starter. My husband on the other hand was super satisfied with all his scrumptious choices. We felt like we got extra love from the kitchen as they served complimentary surprises surprises in between our courses. Furthermore, the presentaion of the food absolutely pleased both our eyes and taste buds. The serving portion here notable adequate. We were really full to the rim when we exited.
Contrary to some reviews, the service we received was excellent, friendly and attentive. Our glasses were never empty the whole 3 hours we were here. We stayed this long because we really enjoyed our experience here.
In conclusion, it was well worth the £££.
It went on and on.
I had the opportunity to travel to London for a quick vacation a couple months back. I shuffled through Tripadvisor and saw that the restaurant listed as their number 1 in London is none other than Gordon Ramsay's "Petrus." I ensured I stopped by for a taste since it is, well, number one and it's Mr. F-your-sauce-you're-pathetic Ramsay after all.
Let's first talk about the location. For the non-walker, it's a bit of a trek from the nearest tube stop. I didn't mind since I love walking, but just bare in mind that there's no "nearest" tube stop. You'll still be required to maneuver around some corners and find it nestled in a tight little alley-like street. Though the exterior of the restaurant looked dark and brooding, I was pleasantly surprised by the interior design. It was dim, elegant and nicer than I thought it would be. The restaurant has a peculiar shape. It adds a bit of charm without being pretentious and overbearing.
The food. The food was alright. There's no real description for what it was and wasn't. I thought the prices were a bit high but the food was what was expected. I wasn't blown away by the quality but wasn't disappointed either. It was dead in the middle. I guess that in itself was a disappointment. I mean here I am 6,000 miles from home spending close to 200 quid for a meal and it's only okay. I do however applaud the chef who prepared the pistachio souffle. It was one of the most amazing desserts I've ever tasted.
My true and only clear complaint was the speed of the meal. I've been to many fine dining french styled restaurants but none of them have taken over 4 hours. My reservation for dinner was at 6:30pm and I wasn't out until almost 10:30pm. I figured about 3 hours for dinner and had a reservation at Milk & Honey which I didn't make (side note: very disappointed). After every course they tried to tempt us with other side delicacies. From cheese to caviar and everything in between. I was a bit frustrated and exhausted by the end of the meal. That's never a good sign.
Needless to say, probably won't return for a second helping. It's one of those places where you just have to try once and decide for yourself if its worth the time and money. I wouldn't take the experience back, but please use my review as a warning in regards to your personal expectations.
Why does Gordon Ramsay always yell at people the way he does anyway? His stuff isn't all that hot.
We dined at Petrus in January 2013, with snow falling softly all around. It was a very special weekend for us, and Petrus really made it shine.
The restaurant itself has a very relaxed and comfortable feel to it. Whilst we like our fancy restaurants, sometimes the Michelin-star places can be overly formal, which I think takes from the atmosphere. Not Petrus; though the staff are obviously of the highest caliber, they relax rather than intimidate - friendly without going over the top.
Petrus caters well for us vegetarians, another huge plus for me, Usually, Michelin star French means I'll be having the salad, but Petrus serve a full vegetarian menu - perfect!
For starters I had the tomato broth, which will forever be 'the best soup I ever had' Beautiful vegetable pieces presented on their own first, then joined by the tomato, which tasted like the juice of about 30 tomatoes condensed and condensed and condensed into the most flavoursome starter I have ever enjoyed - wonderful.
For mains I had a mushroom pithivier which simply collapsed with a puff when touched it with my fork; a beautiful dish with pastry, mushrooms, slightly creamy but not too much, served with vegetables. Peter had lobster, and we didn't leave one scrap on the plates; fab-u-lous.
Before the deserts came we had an in-between treat of small spheres of white chocolate, each on a perspex stick and presented in a 'dry-ice' silver container.
We watched our fellow diners have the signature desert 'chocolate sphere' but we decided on some other choices instead. I had the hazelnut parfait, and again - sweet, delicious, inventive and so flavoursome.
Next was an in-between treat of sugar pastry fashioned into tiny ice-cream cones, with a soft white fondant cream, full of popping candy!
We had to try the cheeses, and again the staff were more than helpful; we really had fun going over the selection.
Even the presentation of chocolates at the end of the meal was special.
We had several other amuse-bouche throughout the meal. We're not drinkers as such, but we did have G&Ts made with Berkeley Square gin (like drinking flowers; yum!) and my favourite white, a really good Gewürztraminer.
Obviously this kind of meal doesn't come cheap, but save your pennies and have a real treat for yourself if you are ever in this part of the would. If I could rate Petrus 6-out-of-5 I world; I loved it.
As a fan of Gordon Ramsay (I've watched Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares AND own his autobiographies) I'd been thinking about going to this place for ages, but somehow it'd slipped my mind during my recent trip to London... till the last day when, fresh from Paris (and its disappointing meals), we'd decided to make a reservation on a whim. How lucky to be able to get a reservation for the day itself just 2 hours till lunch service! (Overheard a conversation between our server and another guest that this is rare- usually it's fully booked and it's impossible to get in without a reservation, so make sure you book in advance!)
Located reasonably near the Knightsbridge tube station, yet far enough to be situated in a quiet neighbourhood- I almost forgot that busy Knightsbridge was just minutes away.
Service was excellent from the get-go, they went out of their way to check in our coats AND tons of shopping bags (we'd spent the morning at Oxford Circus) and we were quickly seated in a bright, airy area (actually the entire restaurant seems bright and airy). Our servers were polite and chatted with us easily, making what could be a somewhat formal and intimidating meal much more relaxed.
We decided on the 3-course lunch menu for 30 pounds and I thought that it was worth every bit of that.
Amuse-bouche was watercress puree with smoked salmon that came in a very generous serving. The puree was light and refreshing and smooth, really helping to tickle the palate, and complemented the smoked salmon well.
We had the beef tartare and duck confit as entrees. It was delicious and servings were also very generous. Everything was well-seasoned and cooked.
But the star of the show was definitely the mains. I had the steak, and my dining partner the cod and they both came cooked just well- especially the cod which was really fresh, cooked evenly and well with no areas of under/overcooked-ness and basically just perfection in a plate.
Desserts were impressive as well. Our "pre-dessert" was passionfruit mousse with a secret twist- you'll have to go there to find out what! It was rather Heston Blumenthal in that aspect, and we were really amused (nothing too out-of-this-world, for all the conservative ones who may be worried). We had the baked alaska and also a apple parfait which were also excellent- nothing particularly new or different but just 2 desserts very well done. Post-dessert, we also had these complimentary delicious white chocolate balls that came in a dry-ice filled metal container.
In addition, we had handmade cherry macaroons as we had a special occasion to celebrate. Although it wasn't as brilliant as the other macaroons we'd tried recently (those being Pierre Herme and Lauduree- masters of the macaroon industry), it certainly held it's own and was a very nice touch to the meal.
Most amazing meal I've ever had. Would definitely visit again when I'm back in London... and won't someone give this place their well-deserved 3 Michelin stars already???
Petrus is one of the London's top fine dining destinations. Excellent service paired with equally fantastic French food. They have a great tasting menu - 5 courses for 75 quid. While expensive, for a Michelin starred restaurant, Petrus was surprisingly reasonable.
My friends were an hour (yes an hour late) for our reservation, but the good staff at Petrus kept me nicely hydrated and offered me a few snacks to nibble on including freshly made salt vinger popcorn and mini cod fritters.
As for the Chef's menu, we started with a pre-appetizer of a braised pork. This was quickly followed by a delightful dish of pressed foie gras and confit of duck served with some pineapple garnish. The sweetness of the pineapple was a great match for the decadent foie.
The next dish was a single ravioli of lobster and salmon arguably the best part of the meal. While small it hit just the spot.
For the next course, we had the choice between the pork fillet and belly or a fillet of beef. I chose the later, which was quite tender and delicious, and those who ordered the pork were clearly jealous.
For dessert, we had not one, but I kid you not 6 different courses. It was a bit much, but I think as it was closing time, they were giving us samples of all the desserts on the menu. The main attraction of this parade of desserts was the Chocolate Sphere. The waiters would come by with hot chocolate and pour it over the sphere, which quickly melted revealing the ice cream centre. Needless to say I left stuffed.
Overall, this Petrus is a great spot for high-end dining in Knightsbridge, a worthy destination when you're in the need for a decadent meal.
I'm a fan of Gordon Ramsay and have had the pleasure of dining at many of his restaurants around the world. This is nothing short of his other restaurants. The service and attention are impeccable, the style of food is similar and the portions are just right (if you've watched his show, he does not like feeding a family of 4 with a single portion).
I had the chef's tasting menu and enjoyed almost every dish that was given. The food wasn't incredibly amazing, but it was very good.
Petrus is the epitome of a Michelin 1 star. The food wasn't better than any other 1 star I've been to, but there's a reason why it's only a 1 star. However, the price is extremely reasonable, especially for London standards.
By far this was a dining experience that will be remembered for years. A great value with extras that were remarkable.
Great food. Greater service. Had the Prix fixe menu. The dishes were great and unique. This was on top of the great presentation and a variety of great desserts.
For starters, when you walk in you are not only greeted by the friendly staff but also by a large circular glass wine tower, outfitted with hundreds of wines, nearly all outside my budget. The restaurant is small, though not cramped, and has room for sixteen tables. With ten cooks in the kitchen and at least ten more staff in the dining room, it's more than one staff member per table.
With all the supposed high-rollers around us, we were the only table with a bottle of tap water on the table -- London's finest. There are two menu choices at dinner -- a 3 course dinner or a 5 course chef's tasting menu. They also offer a full vegetarian menu that can be used for the 3 course dinner. Each dish sounded amazing, so the choices were tough. Before we even ordered, we were brought a canape to start which included a mini fois gras sandwich and a fish croquette. Hard to dislike fois gras or anything fried and each were quite a nice start. Next we were served a watercress mousse with salmon tartar, horseradish sauce and thinly sliced potatoes (the Vegetarian's mousse substituted pickled vegetables for the salmon). Whoever thought to make a mousse out of watercress was probably laughed at, but when you make it this good, it's no laughing matter.
For our first course, I selected the pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, anchovy and caper beurre noisette. Often times a scallop dish will come with 2 or 3 scallops, but this dish had a whopping 5. Each were perfectly crispy, yet delicate on the inside. Between each scallop was a potato (I think) pancake of sorts. The dish contrasted the delicious scallops with the crispy cakes and was brought together with the tiny fresh anchovy and beurre noisette sauce. The Vegetarian ordered the English asparagus salad with quail eggs and hollandaise sauce -- and topped with truffles, of course. As any true Michelin starred restaurant, each dish was sauced table side. The meal was off to a killer start.
The second course was a no-brainer for me -- pork belly. The dish was a crispy Suffolk pork belly with sage Lyonnaise, braised apple and Madeira jus. The pork comes out as a pressed square with the crispiest crispy skin you'll ever see. I've actually seen Ramsey make this on TV, and it involves cooking the pork twice and pressing it for hours before crisping the skin. I could eat this dish almost every day. The Vegetarian had wild mushroom linguine with spring onions, shaved parmesan and cep sauce -- with the obligatory truffles. The pasta was so rich but not heavy, a magical balance.
Prior to our dessert courses (more on that soon), we were pressured (not really) into a cheese course. For the first time I tried a goat cheddar, something I didn't know existed.
...Now dessert. First we received our regular dessert, a White chocolate cylinder filled with coffee and mascarpone ice cream for the Vegetarian and a Pistachio parfait with sour cherry carpaccio and elderflower cream for me. The coffee "mousse" cylinder was just over the top. My parfait was hardly traditional, but it was all gone after I was done with it, so it was great. After this regularly scheduled dessert we were brought a cone of passion fruit cream which was topped with what can only be described as "pop-rocks." Yes, you heard me. Though I'm certain they were house made and that we were the only ones in the dining room that had ever had them let along heard of them.
Soon after this course, the manager kindly asked if we were interested in taking a tour of the kitchen and sitting in the lounge area to relax. I think it was mostly to turn our table over, but the way it was done was perfect. We toured the kitchen, watched them in action and then were treated like royalty in the lounge. We were given a little chest of chocolate, chocolate almonds, frozen ice cream on a stick and coffee. We sat, digested and relaxed. It was pretty splendid. After a nice relaxing espresso and more chocolate than I could eat, it was time to bid Petrus adieu. Upon leaving, the Vegetarian was presented a small box with a chocolate treat for later.
Overall, I was pretty blown away by the service, the food and the decor. A trifecta of awesomeness. Considering the level of service and quality of food, the prices were reasonable, though with the conversion rate to pounds, it's a bit more expensive. Definitely not a cheap meal by any means, but as a celebration for our one-year anniversary, it was well worth it. If ever in London, it is well worth a visit, especially for the lunch 3 course menu du jour which is half the dinner price.
Came in last night for some dessert. We tried the sphere - it looked fantastic and tasted, well.... good. Also gave the gariguette strawberries, sauternes, jelly and brown sugar beignets and try and thought this was also good.
Maybe I can't handle dessert at Michelin starred restaurants. I concede that possibility. I also concede that I may be part of crowd that comes in here so that the next time they watch Gordon Ramsey verbally annihilate someone for not cooking proper scallops, I can think about that one time I went to a Ramsey restaurant in London.
Regardless what I thought of dessert, I have to say the service here was phenomenal. Truly exceptional.
Amazing and outstanding service, food, and ambiance. I was ecstatic when I heard that Petrus earned two Michelin stars -- it definitely deserved it!
Yes, it is very expensive, but your tastebuds will thank you. Everything was meticulously prepared and, as much food as we got on the tasting menu, we were never uncomfortably full. I even had room for a few items from the carte de bonbons -- the manager was kind enough to provide me with a small "take away" box with some extra chocolates as well!
The wine list is also something else to behold -- especially when you get to the listings of Petrus and realize how rich some people must be!
After a meal here I experienced the most Ultimate Food Coma ever! This must be a direct results of how lush and delicious the food was. I treated the BF to a surprise birthday dinner here. After sitting down we were greeted with canapés and an amuse-bouche. The canapés were a small, but delicious start to the dinner and the flavours of the amuse bouche left an amazing after taste in my mouth.
I had the quail starter which, to be honest tasted like chicken, however the au jus poured over the quail was packed full of flavour. My main of venison was absolutely gorgeous and melted in my mouth. The sides of dauphinoise potatoes and vegetables were a great compliment to the main. The chocolate sphere dessert was like heaven in a bowl. I could have easily skipped the whole meal and eaten only the dessert. They brought out a little cake with a candle in it for the BF's birthday which was really lovely, and after dessert they came out with these little white chocolate lollipops. The servers were all super nice and helpful and we even got a tour of the kitchen after dinner.
The ambiance was small and intimate, however it would have been nice to have some light music playing in the background. The wine we had was one of the cheaper bottles, but still tasted very nice. It's quite expensive, but a good treat to yourself for a special occasion.
great place for a special occasion! Still thinking about the scallops I had for starters and the chocolate sphere for dessert.
I visited this restaurant in Oct 2011 with my friend to celebrate my birthday. I had no expectations but was blown away by the service and the quality of the meal. Yes, it was a tad on the expensive side, but the ambiance made this one of my top 5 dining experiences.
The maître d'hôtel was very accommodating and even took us for a private tour of the kitchen and the wine cellar.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for a fine dining experience to remember.
Food was excellent while service could've been better. I expected to be waited on hand and foot. Service caused them to miss the fifth star as well as a fried item (I don't know what it was) that was served with the scallops. We arrived at 9:30 pm with reservations and wasn't able to order until 10:00pm. Once we ordered, the courses came quickly and they also threw in a few extras. We felt like they were reinventing the wheel while all we wanted were some quality food. Of course, the extra dessert was awesome as well as the red mullet dish, pork and duck! Chocolate sphere dessert is a must!
Petrus is a place that you shall never forget. Like some who go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Petrus is a pilgrimage for the true gastronome. I had the luxury of sitting at the Chef's table, so we got to watch everything being cooked and prepared in the kitchen and it was like watching poetry in motion. The kitchen was almost silent, all you could hear was the sizzling of food and the odd clang of a pan. It was incredible to see how each dish was lovingly prepared. The skill and concentration from each chef was enthralling.
We had the pleasure of Marcus Wareing cooking for us, and we were spoiled. The amuse bouche of a parmesan encrusted deep fried risotto ball was heaven. These were goldenballs with a particularly tangy bite. My Mother was a particular fan. We then had a foie gras starter which isn't usually my thing for taste reasons and a little for ethical reasons, but it was rather nice. The wine we had with that was perfect. Next came a shot glass filled with vichyssoise and an oyster. I managed to embarrass myself by almost choking on the oyster, but I was very thankful that I wasn't in the main dining room as I feel that would have been even more humiliating than just being laughed at by everyone at my table. Following on from that we had some skate, which was the best skate I have ever eaten, it had been deboned and was cooked to perfection I didn't know existed.
The reduction was just right, off setting the sweetness of the fish and that was matched with a rather lovely Loire valley white wine. By this stage I was feeling a little fuzzy, the wine matching was spot on and I was also aware that I was drinking some of the finest wines in the world. The food didn't stop coming, We then had some scallop and black pudding which made me want to change my sexuality and have Marcus Wareing's babies. Next course was some pork which was served with a Chilean red. This pork literally melted in the mouth and was so beautifully seasoned and was a real treat for the taste buds. They still haven't recovered from the near orgasmic tickling they were given that night by a man called Marcus.
We then had some cheese, which was like having the whole range of cheeses from La Fromagerie on a slab of slate! I had some beautiful cows milk cheeses that were quite stinky and runny, I also had a few goat and sheep milk too. The chutneys and crackers that accompanied the cheeses were spot on too, they had just the right amount of tang to leave the palate clean after each cheese.
We then had some chocolates as a pre-dessert which were stunning. Then out came the desserts which were absolutely amazing. There were a selection for out table (8 of us) and they were presented on a slab. There was everything from creme brulee, chocolate tart, fig tart type thing but I was a massive fan of the panna cotta. Marcus again had seduced me. He really knows how to turn a girl.
With our coffee came a seection of petit fours and they were very nice too. We had everything from little madeleines, to macaroons but my favourites were the little pastries with custard in. By that stage I did feel like Moby Dick but all of this nice food did turn my stomach into a bottomless pit. We then ended our meal with a 1936 Armagnac! It was quite exquisite and I am convinced it was the thing that made me really tipsy. Not the wines or champagne aperitif beforehand. Well that is my story that I am sticking to anyhow!
It is one of those places that is really worth going to, the food and service are out of this world. If you really love your food and want to visit one of the finest restaurants in the world, you really should go. I guarantee you no disappointment to be had with a meal in Petrus.
What a restaurant should be.
I was in London on business over Thanksgiving Holidays. We wanted to take one of our best accounts out to a great lunch. After extensive research by my boss, this was the place we chose.
There were 6 of us total and we started at 1 and finished after 5. We tried a little bit of everything and there was not a single dish that was disappointing. Even the cheapest of the wine selections suggested by the sommelier paired perfectly with our courses. At any given time we would have 4 staff members delivering food and topping off drinks. But this was by no means overwhelming. They did it in such a way that you barely noticed they were even there.
The size and ambiance of the restaurant was perfect.
Definitely a pricey meal ($200 / person), but the value of quality for the price makes this one of the best dining experiences in a long time.
We were there during the olympics and Petrus did not disappoint. Everything tasted amazing. Gordon knows his stuff- food, presentation, ambiance, and service.
The service here is absolutely fantastic. My partner and I came for dinner and chose the 3 course menu rather than the taster menu. The food was brilliant, which was to be expected.
The cheese course was brought to us by a French girl who really knew her cheese, she talked us through them and suggested some for us laying them out in the order in which we should try them. She was definitely our favourite staff member of the evening very friendly. There was an English girl serving who was a little sloppy with her table service, not clearing everything away from the table and she seemed to have a smirk or a frown on her face for most of the evening not very professional!
The wine was wonderful as was the man who served us.
A lovely experience I would happily come back.
Five star all the way! Was in town for the Olympics and we were able to get a reservation for four about a week or two in advance. From the moment we walked in until the moment we left, it was a fabulous dining experience and definitely at or near the top in terms of the quality of the meal.
The table opted to do the chef's tasting menu, however we did not do the wine pairings. Two of us split a bottle of a really light and refreshing white wine (verdicchio). Each course was truly phenomenal. I really enjoyed the foie gras and confit duck with the glaze. It came with grilled pineapple. The combination of the flavors was quite exceptional. Our second course included salmon and lobster ravioli along with some peas and beans. It was a wonderful follow-up to the first course. The pork fillet and pork belly were decadent and it had some lovely jus that came with it. I opted for the cheese supplement as opposed to the strawberry eton mess. The cheese table was wheeled over and the server was quite knowledgeable on the 10-15 different cheeses that I could choose from. I asked about the availability of a cheddar and was given a wonderfully sharp cheddar that was a great palate cleaner. In addition, I got two more cheese selections along with some grapes on the verge of becoming raisins and some thin toasts. The most memorable dessert (I swear that we got four dessert courses), was the chocolate sphere. The servers poured a warm sauce over the sphere and it dissolved to reveal milk ice cream in the center.
Before leaving, we asked one of our servers if a tour of the kitchen was available. She warmly fulfilled the request and we were escorted downstairs to the amazing kitchen. After, she gave us a brief tour inside the wine cellar (not really a cellar but a circular room in the middle of the restaurant). Our table was truly impressed by the kindness of the staff, particularly the sommelier when we were taking some time to figure out what wine to order. The whole night was flawless in terms of the execution of the service, and you could really see the group worked well together as a team.
Kudos to Gordon and the amazing staff at Petrus!
Excellent restaurant, excellent food! A little quiet and formal, but it's in Kensington after all LOL. We got a tour of the kitchen at the end of our meal. Wonderful.
We had one of the most memorable nights there. Food is just amazing. Setting is lovely and staff is really great. The highlights of the evening were a perfectly cooked scallop and a chocolate dessert that could be straight from heaven. In the end we even got a tour of the kitchen and met the chef. Obviously not cheap, but if you want to treat yourself, this is the place to go.
Again, comparing this vs. other fine dining establishments and not against your typical restaurant, I'm not extremely impressed, but had a good exxperience mostly due to a gentleman by the name of Pasquale, who was quite great to deal with. I have to begin by saying I absolutely adored the decor. If I were to design my own restaurant, I think I'd design it exactly the way Petrus looks. I actually like the lack of a bar, similar to Tru. The wine room in the center of the restaurant is really great. I couldn't get a reservation for 7pm, despite the fact that when we arrived (at 6:45) there was only one table occupied. We had to request a wine list, which we looked at for about five minutes without anyone coming to advise us and then finally after this time they asked if we would like to see the Sommelier (you would expect as soon as the wine list was requested they would send over the Sommelier). Nonetheless, we got a great bottle of wine from Provence. They then brought out the precursur to the meal, which was a pumpkin puree with mushroom foam and some foie gras bites, which were good. It took a bit longer to take our order, which I found strange considering the staff to table ratio was about 1:1 with people sort of just walking around looking busy. I was a bit confused when different people were coming over to try to take our order as again I'm comparing with say, Tru, where there are about three staff members watching your table at all times, but you still always know who your main 'order taker' would be. Continuing on with the service, the only complaint I had is it took about half an hour for our desserts to come out after we ordered. They did bring out a 'pre' dessert as they said there were some problems in the kitchen but that was still rather annoying. I did like how they asked if we needed a taxi upon receipt of our dessert, which we did so that it was ready just as we finished.
The food, I have to say, was amazing. I'd put it on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best thing you've ever eaten (Tru) at a 9. It was very flavorful and extremely well prepared. The plating was also wonderful. To start I had the frog legs and my husband had the quail. Both were just amazing. Again, plating was perfect and taste was great. For mains I had the pigeon and my husband had the pork belly. I have to say if you're going, get the pigeon. It's clearly their specialty given the elaborate presentation. They butcher the perfectly succulent bird table side in a sort of show causing the neighboring tables to look at yours wondering what you've done to get this treatment. They prepare the meat in a pile and give you the legs separately. The meat was so tender. They bring out sides not on the menu (scalloped potatoes and roasted veggies for us) that were also great. For dessert you have to get the white chocolate cup with chocolate mousse. It was so great. The plating was creative, given the vessel (cup) can also be eaten and tasted great too! Would definitely recommend if you're looking to spend a lot; be preapred to leave spending USD400.00.
I was here a year ago and I am just getting around to writing this. This place is the second best meal in my life. The first is my mom's dinner. It is in a class of its own. I have been to many amazing restaurants, but the service, dinner everything was perfect. Everyone should eat here once in their life.
Everything was just... wonderful. The service was impeccable, the food absolutely perfect and the overall atmosphere was extremely comfortable. I must admit that before we arrived I was afraid that it was going to be a stuffy experience - quite the contrary! We both really enjoyed the experience and we'd love to return.
They were able to get me in for lunch here even though I did not have a reservation. Very nice dining room. Service was attentive and pleasant. The food was very good. Absolutely would recommend
The best everyday restaurant in London or for special occasions great service, amazing food and great value superb
Rows and rows of bottled wine shelved in the cylindrical glass wine vault proved too much fun to miss out on so it was decided that the 'Perfect Match' menu will be today's selection at Pétrus. The menu was simple and the cooking was faultless, especially the fillet of sea bream. The sea bream is soft and smooth and is contrasted with the slight crunch of the shaved fennel and apple. My absolute favorite: the raspberry parfait, soft zingy center covered in a thin chocolate crisps lined with a crunchy florentine base - utterly delectable.
Pétrus is definitely a top restaurant, that treats French cuisine with the respect and the passion it deserves! superb dishes, elegant place to sit and enjoy your time with family or friends, the staff are knowledgeable, kind and pleasant, I truly enjoy this fine restaurant, and would recommend it with no hesitation.
I have to give Petrus Restaurant 5 stars - at first the location seems odd but once you go in that all changes - the layout is great and each table makes you feel that you are the only one there - the spacing is great.
The food is out of this world - we had a 5/7 course meal and believe me we were very full. We have been to quite a few good restaurants and this has been my favourite so far.
The service was the best we have ever had - thanks for the overall experiance to Jean-Philippe Susilovic and the team and of course the Chef Sean Burbidge.
Also a big thank you for showing us around the kitchen it was a nice end to an incredible day.
Well worth a booking - food and service is 10/10
PS - if you want to really impress your guest\s buy them a nice bottle of Petrus Magnum for a jaw dropping sum of £49500...LOL
Chose Petrus in the blind and could not have been more pleased. Starting with the greeting from the hostess who seated us, (could have been an owner) to the waiter who served us and the food we consumed it could not have been a better experience. Food was outstanding, service exceptional, wines and food delicious. Noise level such that you could hold a conversation without raising your voice. LOVED IT.
Good and solid food with the exception of some pathetically flabby broccoli (had no idea how that got out of the kitchen). However be waryat lunch we were offered the house champagne. It was so delicious we had 2 glasses each and were shocked when the bill came and they were £25 per glass.
great news As of 17th dec Petrus is back in the hands of rightful owner Gordon, best news of 2010 I'm feeling Hungary Time to book a table!
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