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“Excellent, but not #1 on the night we visited” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Petrus

Petrus
1 Kinnerton Street | Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8EA, England (Knightsbridge / South Kensington)
020 7592 1609
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Ranked #36 of 17,929 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: European
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Knightsbridge / South Kensington
Description: Renowned throughout London and beyond, Petrus is one of the biggest names on the restaurant scene. With the world-renowned Gordon Ramsay behind the scheme to raise Petrus - now located on Knightsbridge's Kinnerton Street - from the ashes, the restaurant exudes the famous Ramsay sense of luxury combined with down-to-earth charm. Decorated in subtle tones of champagne, oyster and copper along with the claret red which inspired the restaurant's name, Petrus's beguiling interior is superbly decadent and romantic and actually quite intimate. In the kitchen, Head Chef Sean Burbidge is creating its trademark modern French menu. At Petrus the highest-quality ingredients go into dishes that combine delicious familiar flavours with unique presentation. Expect waves of divine amuse-bouches and a stupendous wine list, including a long list of vintages of Petrus to make it all perfect.
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“Excellent, but not #1 on the night we visited”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I booked Petrus as part of a 4-day London weekend and invited two friends on their honeymoon as a gift to them. I had already gone to "Texture" a few nights earlier and considering how good I thought that was, Petrus had a lot to live up to. Being ranked #1 among restaurants in London means expectations are obviously extremely high. I don't particularly care if it's a Gordon restaurant or not, to me a great restaurant is a great restaurant regardless if it's run by a famous chef or not.

Service entire evening was near perfect. From being seated to all the servers serving different things to the sommeiller. We were initially asked for food allergies and food dislikes and the (italian?) waiter got everything we said backwards (one of us was Vegetarian), but these things happen and it was cleared up with another waiter and didn't create any further problems.

The location of the restaurant is on a quiet street just off Hyde Park Corner, and it's clear it's a very expensive neighborhood as every car parked outside the local buildings is a fancy one. The first impression of the restaurant was that it was quite dark. The central "pillar" in the middle is the wine cellar where you can see all the wines racked up. The tables are spaced much further away from each other than for example at Texture, so this means you will have a more private and "somber" experience which may be more romantic to some. I can't complain on the mood as this is very much a personal thing.

Menu was quite short and they do the classic "tasting menu" or a la carte. We opted for tasting menu and apart from a few dishes that didn't fit our tastes we stuck with the menu. For all others it was possible to switch out what we didn't want with something else (within limits). I'm sad to say we didn't do the wine pairing as on top of the tasting menu they wanted more than twice as much for a pairing (menu was 70, with pairing it was 160!). I found this to be far, far too expensive, and thus we ordered a single bottle of wine instead. What a pity, but it was just too much for my wallet, so perhaps this restaurant is out of my league in that sense. I'll accept that. The wine list is extensive though, loads of options, and quite French focused, so most wine-lovers should be happy.

The food was really good, but it had faults. I found some dishes were hard to figure out how to eat despite the very pretty presentation. They had a lot of elements and sometimes I wish the waiter had told us how to best eat it. In one case the waiter didn't even know what was in something when we asked, and merely said "something the chefs created". Sure, fair enough, but we are curious people, we'd like to know what we're eating.

The Foie Gras had veins in it, not what I'd expect even if it can happen. The pigeon was quite tough despite seemingly cooked to perfection, and we also found one or two dishes could have been warmer, especially the beef which was lukewarm. Perhaps hot plates would've helped if they can't keep it hot due to room temperatures or whatever it may be. I also didn't understand why we didn't get steak-style knives for meat dishes, the normal knives were not sharp enough. Yes, these are minor things but nevertheless they are important.

We were served additional dishes between our tasting menu, so in the end the total came out to a total of 8 or 9 dishes from a menu of 5. This is always great fun and really adds to the experience and "value". We were also given "free" side dishes with our meat dish, also a nice gesture. We did find the dauphinoise potatoes and green beans a bit too buttery though and a bit "nothing special". The most memorable dish was one of the surprise ones, a tiny ice cream cone-like dessert that had "pop rocks" in them (exploding sugar), we had some good laughs eating it as they kept popping for minutes afterwards. The chocolate sphere being served is definitely fun to watch, I won't give it away, but it's worth ordering (and it's delicious to boot). It's their signature dessert.

In the end it was a great food experience, but compared to Texture a few nights earlier I couldn't help thinking they did a better job at around the same price. Perhaps the question should be "would I go back?". I probably would but I'd check the current menu before I went and I really think the wine pairing price needs to be reconsidered. If the wines are so expensive that they cost more than the tasting menu itself then perhaps the wines themselves should be brought down a notch. Texture got it right in this regard.

If you're considering a private romantic dinner at a high class restaurant I think Petrus would be a great choice, and If you're after "predictable" (meaning: French-origin) Michelin food it's also a good choice. If you want something experimental or more lively, look elsewhere. You should also expect the final price to be very high if you're having wine (and you will), but you should already know that if you're considering a Michelin-starred restaurant in general, so this is no negative on Petrus.

I see on other reviews they do a 30 GBP lunch. This sounds like an excellent chance to see what the restaurant is like and I wish I'd known that from the start, as that's a very reasonable priced luxury lunch.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Missing something....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

There is no doubt that the food here is fantastic - we ate from the a la carte and were impressed by all courses. It's very high quality ingredients and exceptional cooking in a beautiful restaurant.

But there were two downsides - both of which are new since our last visit at Christmas 2011. The first is the service - it used to be just a little relaxed and friendly so that you felt like you were amongst friends. It's much more formal now and verging on intrusive (though we liked the empty side plate trick) which is a shame.

The second is the wine list. We felt it was more expensive than previously and less interesting. Restaurants at this level always have high mark ups but as we thought our bottle wasn't as good as it should have been we checked and found that the mark up was close to 300% of the retail price. Seriously not impressed.

The cooking is very good but you'll get a much higher standard of service and a more interesting wine list, not to mention better value, at other London restaurants. I hope Petrus can go back to the standards of service we enjoyed here previously and get a grip on its wine list.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Almost excellent...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

1st experience here. Set lunch was amazing value, service spot-on, and all dishes, including the extras were beautifully presented. However, we found the pumpkin/duck confit tortellini, and the pork belly a bit underwhelming in flavour. But the chocolate sphere was a sensation. We were seated at a table in the middle of the room, seemed to be so many staff wandering around that it was not relaxing. Portions very generous.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Excellent value lunch menu - fabulous wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I just enjoyed a fabulous £30 lunch menu at this amazing restaurant. The food was so fantastic. It is so nice to be treated so well by the attentive staff. All of the little extras so add to the occasion. Go for the Chocolate Sphere - and watch the clever desert unfold!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Nothing Short of Glorious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Fantastic, creative, delicious food that is so beautifully presented. Impeccable service. The number one in London for a special occasion date.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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