Petrus – Belgravia
On the cusp of the sweetest and recently pedestrianised Motcomb street in Belgravia is Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin starred Petrus.
Head Chef Larry Jayasekara has been at the Petrus helm the past two years and has overseen plenty of changes. Petrus now serves not only a great set lunch menu at £45 but also offers an incredible modern European tasting menu at £85. What hasn’t changed since those formative years is Petrus’s beautiful and extensive wine list. The fifty seater restaurant is even set surrounding a central cylindrical floor to ceiling wine cellar which houses over two thousand varieties! This is first and foremost a wine lovers paradise. Throughout our lunch, I sample wines from across the globe. An incredible Syrian white, crisp and light is paired with my main course of seasonal mushroom linguine with 36 month Parmesan. So good I don’t look up, take a breath or even offer my dining companion a chance to try it!
I start with the roasted onion broth, pumpkin gnocchi, shitake and mandarin, which is vibrant and packed full of flavour. The broth is delicate and a welcome addition to the dish is theatrically poured once it arrives at the table. I should also note that we receive all manner of interesting amuse-bouche ahead of our starters arriving. It’s wise to take your time as many an unordered dish arrives between courses. For my main I completely devour my freshly made linguine dish while my companion samples the fillet of Brixham turbot, pickled clams, samphire and lemongrass. Fresh, delicate and bursting with flavour, this dish too is polished off quickly. Before the main course arrives we sample the seared curried Orkney scallop, braised komu, bacon and egg sabayon. Despite not ordering this it’s absolutely worth trying. A unique and delicate blend of flavours, buttery and smooth and it is a welcome addition to this feast we’ve embarked on. I almost pass on dessert post pasta slump but I am easily convinced by the waiting staff that insist upon me trying their famous prune and Armagnac soufflé with rum and raisin ice cream. We’re also easily talked into the ‘Black Forest’ kirsch mousse, Amarena and Morello cherry sorbet. No expense or details are spared here. The Black Forest mousse is the first to be scoffed. Rich in flavour, beautifully presented and not quite what you expect. It is totally delicious. The soufflé spoke for itself; punchy, boozy and wonderfully creamy.
Petrus goes above and beyond to please and surprise. The service is informal but well informed. Come for the classic dishes with a twist and leave surprised by the unexpected extras that arrive throughout. The wine list is one of the stars of the show with both affordable and once in a lifetime bottles available.