Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay

French, Modern European·
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Gold Award
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SquareMeal Review of Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay

Gold Award

A richly hued, soothing room with long skirted tables, sound-baffling walls, thick carpets and gleaming columns, the Belgravia outpost of Gordon Ramsay’s empire simply oozes old-money class – although the pièce de résistance is an imposing circular wine store loaded with the titular Château Pétrus of various vintages, many of which are available by the glass – as compelling a reason to come as the cooking. There's plenty else besides this world-class label as well, though the expansive list focuses on France’s top vineyards and other fine and rare European gems.

The Michelin-starred kitchen offers the sort of classy Anglo-French cooking that made Ramsay famous in the first place. “Divine” starters such as aged beef tartare overlaid with discs of artichoke and black truffle or organic egg accompanied by parsnip, ventrèche bacon, Brussels sprouts and sauce vin jaune are as sophisticated, “full of flavour” and finely tuned as ever.

Main courses also show off the kitchen’s prodigious skills, from a tranche of hazelnut-crusted roast turbot alongside an arrangement of leeks, oyster and oscietra caviar to a slab of duck breast, cooked to pink perfection and served beside an ordered jumble of different coloured beetroots, blackberry and watercress.

To finish, look out for the fragrant apricot tartlet infused with orange blossom, the smoked chocolate crémeux embedded with buckwheat, cocoa nibs and single malt whisky or an oh-so-pretty arrangement of pink Yorkshire rhubarb with fresh goat’s milk cheesecake – although the small but interesting cheese trolley is also worth a sniff.

Meanwhile, those wanting the ultimate no-expense-spared Pétrus experience should consider booking the eight-seater chef’s table in front of the kitchen. Menus come topped and tailed with a panoply of dainty extras, the “comprehensive” wine list makes its own aristocratic statement and eager-to-please staff “clearly enjoy their job” – in fact, the whole show is little short of “perfection”, according to one fan.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French, Modern European
Ambience
Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal London Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Vegetarian options
People
Celebrations, Special occasions

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Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay has one Michelin star.

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Location

1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 8EA

020 7592 1609 020 7592 1609

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:15
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun 12:00-18:00
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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18 Reviews 
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Service
Atmosphere
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Simon A

22 April 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5

Lopa S

24 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Went for my birthday earlier in the year and was completely blown away by the food and wine. Stunning plates of small dishes but extremely good. Had an amazing time.

David H

08 March 2017  
Food & Drink 4
Service 4
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Royal Hospital Road-lite
Petrus serves the type of food that Gordon Ramsay made his name from- modern European, meticulously presented, good-looking dishes. It's clearly from the same stable as the Ramsay flagship, and does broadly similar things, just not quite as well and rather less expensively. Summary over. Its perhaps ten years since our single previous visit here, curious to see how it would work out without Marcus Wareing and the opulent surroundings of the Berkeley Hotel. The answer then was so-so. Nothing terribly wrong , just that the peaks weren't all that high. It's all still the same story today. We couldn't possibly pick too many holes in the lunch we had yesterday, its just wasn't quite special or memorable. The set lunch we enjoyed yesterday is listed as five courses - more realistically it's three proper courses and two freebies, which are as good as the courses, just a lot smaller. Indeed I might think the opening small serving of Jerusalem artichoke veloute was at least as good as anything else we ate. For starter we both chose a ravioli of duck egg and celeriac with various tiny additions and a mere smidgeon of a red wine sauce. It was texturally very pleasing- clearly well-cooked . However it wasn't terribly flavoursome. If RHR served this the taste sensation would be rich and even powerful yet every ingredient would be discernible and you'd know why it was there. There needed to be something in this dish to make it taste more, and less muddy. Maybe a lot more than a scanty drizzle of the red wine jus would do it? The mains- my linguine with wild mushroom , my wife's poussin cooked several ways- were better; but again there seemed to be a reluctance to serve enough of the parmesan veloute( for me) and sauce bourguignonne (for her) to do anything beyond moistening the dish. And again we were left with a feeling that the dishes could have been a lot better had the right emphasis been placed on flavours. A pre dessert was a pineapple granite with coconut cream. I didn't think the dish worked , my wife enjoyed it. However the real desserts - chocolate tart with lemon ice cream for me, and a citrus delice for my wife were much better and indeed rather good. We had a bottle of decent Albarino , coffees and a tiny cup of a chocolate fondant or similar in lieu of the petits fours that I'm sure they used to serve . The bill was £150. Not extortionate but we'd rather the food had been a little more exciting and flavoursome. Sorry- it might be another ten years!

Irina A

05 May 2014  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4.5
It's amazing

Toby N

16 December 2013  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 3
Value 4
Perfect food and service, little atmosphere
Petrus is one of those under rated restaurants – its not somewhere you’d automatically choose to go to, nor is it mentioned in the list of great places in London, but it should be; at least for the food and service. Let’s start with the negatives. There is a distinct lack of atmosphere. On a Friday night, just a few days before Christmas, whilst it was pretty much full by 8pm a library would be vibrant in comparison. There is no music and everyone seems to whisper as though afraid to speak up. The curved design of the restaurant – set round a very impressive collection of wine bottles – maybe doesn’t help as you can’t see across the room and there is no view to stimulate conversation (its on a residential street), but honestly I’ve been at more buzzy funerals. The other negative is the price of drinks – or more specifically bottles of wine. Whilst a restaurant named after a particularly prohibitively expensive red is always going to have a decent list there is little that is affordable. Clearly we weren’t in the market for the bottles that push towards £40,000 (and no that’s not a typo), but even trying to find anything for much under £100 is a task. As it turned out we managed to find a very nice white Santenay for ‘only’ £82 per bottle. However, at least other drinks such as a gin and tonic are far more reasonably priced, and also cheaper than many similar places in the area, but it’s somewhere you’ll leave with quite a high level of sobriety unless you’ve won the lottery. Having said that I didn’t think – apart from wine – that value for money was too bad. Three courses are £65 per head, and whilst anything like that is a little subjective, given the quality of the food and service and what you’ll pay in other top end places that didn’t seem too unreasonable. In total, with the expensive wine, excellent service, water and another drink each the bill came to around £110 per head. The positives The service is fantastic. If you were being picky you’d maybe argue there was a slightly long wait between courses, but otherwise it’s so polished as to positively gleam. Everyone is so polite and switched on, nothing is a problem and there aren’t any errors. You wish that all the restaurant staff in London could do their training here as it would make the experience better for dinners everywhere. But the real stand out is the food. And if that was what got a restaurant its Michelin stars then I don’t know how this hasn’t got more than just one as it’s definitely better than Marcus Wareing. After some amazing soda bread, both white and brown, served warm with spreadable (why do most places give you butter that you’d need a hacksaw to cut?) salted butter and a pre starter of white onion veloute and some pre-pre starters of tiny bite sized canapés I started properly with lobster and salmon ravioli with creamed leeks in a champagne and chive veloute; simply wonderful starter – lots of flavours, amazing pasta. This was followed by suckling pig belly with pork fillet and apple – my only regret there wasn’t more of it as the flavours were incredible and whilst pork belly is normally fatty and sometime stodgy this was even better than the one they do at L’anima; so light, but with the crispest and thinnest crackling ever. Dessert was banana millefeuille with peanut ice cream; the pastry was incredible and the peanut ice cream light and full of taste. It’s the best meal I’ve eaten all year and one of the best I’ve ever eaten and I simply couldn’t fault it. And everyone else I went with thought everything – across a variety of choices – was perfect. So has to get top marks. The key question – would we go back? No hesitation – I’d far rather go here than lots of the other, so called, top end restaurants in London. So if you are looking for somewhere with faultless food and service get yourself along here.

Elizabeth G

15 May 2013  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 4.5
Quiet, civilized and very high standard
Went for dinner as a family. DH went for the tasting menu with wine pairing, the rest of us chose a la carte. Food was excellent – not disappointments, exactly what you expect from a fine dining institution of this caliber. Meat (both lamb and beef) was excellent, done to perfection, watercress and salmon mousse was delightful, and i personally can highly recommend the hazelnut parfait for dessert. Nice touches of amuse bouches throughout dinner, and the dry iced chocolates were an instant hit with our kid. Overall, a very pleasant and enjoyable evening, and a very good value for money, can't complain. I'll be back.

Tim Z

04 February 2013  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 3.5
Amazing, outstanding haute-cuisine food. Very attentative service at this deligthful little gourmet temple. While it was worrying whether quality standards could be maintained when Marcus Wareing and GR split (Wareing staying behind at Petrus' old location at the Berkeley Hotel) and GR only retained the pure name rights to Petrus but nothing more. No worries though – this is superp high-end cooking in a nice setting which works actually even better than the old location (as this is a more intimate setting with the circular wine “cellar” in the middle of the room creating a more private feel to the tables located around it). Ideal place for special dinner, fantastic wine list. Price level is what you will/have to expect at a place like this

Dell J

23 February 2012  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4.5
We had the Perfect Match menu for lunch at Petrus which was 5 courses & 3 matching wines for £50 & all of it was ‘perfect’! The salmon and lobster ravioli was fabulous! Staff were very attentive (perhaps a little too much at times). The sommelier certainly knew his stuff & the wine list was extensive. It was a little…

Kaushik S

14 August 2011  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3
Value 2.5
The food was very good – innovative, tasty and very well presented. The wine list (along with the transparent, circular cellar) was impressive, though the prices appear to be quite elevated. What marred our experience was the fact that Petrus made a huge fuss about our reservation (online bookings were closed out and when we rang, we had to literally plead to get a table) and yet there were at least 4 vacant tables on the Saturday we were there during the entire 2-hour period we spent at the restaurant. Also, I did not find the “discretionary” 12.5% service charge that was tacked on the bill to be particularly nice – but then, perhaps that is just me!

Lorelei W

31 July 2011  
Food & Drink 4
Service 3
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3.5
We had the Perfect Match special lunch menu they do in july and august with wines to match. The food was excellent and the sea bream the best I've ever tasted. But experience marred by the cheap skated behaviour over the ‘complementary’ macaroons. I went with my partner and we were each given a macaroon at the end of the meal and then a third one – which appeared on the bill at a charge of £1.50. Wasn't even that pleasant. As we didn't want to spoil what had been a lovely lunch we paid – but this kind of forced selling by Ramsay is appalling. I won't be going back.
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