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Tailor-made for ‘special dinners’, serious business and family outings, this Belgravia outpost of the Gordon Ramsay empire is a quietly successful all-rounder rather than a hyped-up headline act.
‘Superb high-end cooking’ is the draw, and protégé Sean Burbidge has the credentials to deliver aristocratic Michelin-starred food – from lobster and salmon ravioli with silky Champagne and chive
velouté to roast duck breast, confit leg and granola, invigorated with spring onion and Szechuan-pepper jus. Eye-popping desserts such as the chocolate sphere with milk ice cream and honeycomb are
marvels of theatricality, and meals are lovingly interspersed with little extras, such as the chocolates served with dry ice. As befits the name, the dining room’s lush creamy colours are
accentuated with touches of claret, although pride of place goes to the glass-walled, walk-in wine cellar housing covetable bottles of titular Château Pétrus. Meanwhile, assured staff emphasise the
intimate warmth and accessible luxury of this ‘delightful little gourmet temple’.
I’ve only eaten at one Gordon Ramsay establishment before – this was a set menu lunch at Maze a few years ago and I remember feeling decidedly underwhelmed. Petrus, however, had been highly recommended so we decided to treat ourselves. The service was faultless – all the attention and precision that one anticipates with a Michelin starred establishment but without any of the pretence or intrusiveness that really gets my goat. There’s nothing I hate more than being watched the whole time while I try to kick back and relax! The food was impeccable with a seemingly endless number of courses– no matter how many you mentally account for, bonus treats always seem to turn up. I’ve only photographed desserts (you’ll have to remember this was in my pre-blogging days) but a baked Alaska is something I have always wanted to try and where better to start than here – the perfectly chewy but crispy meringue combined with the cold creamy ice cream was a delicious explosion of textures, temperatures and tastes in the mouth but I had serious dessert envy...
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have fond memories of Petrus.. I was here a couple of years ago for lunch and dinner and it was amazing.trus is a one Michelin star restaurant under the ownership of the infamous Gordon Ramsay and lead by head chef Sean Burbidge….The last time I was here the food was amazing especially the beef wellington but unfortunately today they don’t have that special memorial dish..
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The best meal I’ve had in london to date. fantastic european food in a ramsay powerhouse, and my favourite of the four (maze, claridges, royal hospital road) that I’ve visited.I’m going to start this by saying that the ramsay restaurants are usually overlooked or looked down on for their prescription service and pour-soup-into-your-dish-at-table type of dramatics, and that it went through a super-hyped period and now seem to form the wallflowers of fine dining in london. I’ve been a supporter, because I’ve had great meals in them (except for claridges which I did not enjoy) and service is always friendly but never intrusive, unlike my experience at dinner by heston, which I’ll talk about in a bit...
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