I have often fancied myself as a food/restaurant critic, but having been here ive realised I couldn't do it!! last year I dined at the Dorchester - with 3 Michelin stars, and last week I dined at petrus with 1 star. I couldn't tell the difference. The Dorchester is very opulent and spacious, and if im critical, Petrus is a little squashed, and the décor not to everyones liking... but the food!! the food!! was just wonderful. we had an amuse bouche of beetroot and onion powder... very tasty, sharp, and refreshing. for starter I had a crab and lobster cannelloni served with a lemon cream jus. it was very tasty, quite rich, and with strong flavours. and the foam - unlike others, it didn't melt and end up like saliva, but it held its form and texture, and tasted so strongly of lemon... delish. my children had a slow poached duck egg that was so rich and creamy.. lovely.
for mains I had a piece of Pollock, on a bed of assorted items!! the fish was perfectly cooked - quite firm and crispy outside and very soft and milky inside. my son had ox chhek and horseradish flavoured pomme puree - again, delish, and my daughter had a meat dish with most delicious mushroom stuffed cabbage leaf.
then we had a pre dessert of a mini cornet filled with passionfruit ice cream.
I had cheese for dessert - a very well stocked cheese board, my daughter had banana millefeuille, which was heavenly, and my son had the signature dessert - chocolate sphere. very theatrical
the service was impeccable, the wine very reasonably priced, but.... the absolutely best part was that the set Saturday 3 course lunch was a mere £35. yes, £35 what a bargain. such good value - I would have paid far more - £50 would not be unreasonable.... I just cannot wait to go again
and, as it was my birthday - not a landmark, just another year gone by, I was presented with a macaroon on a slate bed, coated in white chocolate.... very tasty.
so, to summarise, this was perfection on a plate - everything that we all had was wonderful, and every bit as good as the Dorchester, but somewhat better value.
thank you to everyone at Petrus.
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