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October 31, 2012

Top London Restaurant: Pétrus by Gordon Ramsay

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

London, UK – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Gordon Ramsay’s two-Michelin-starred Pétrus enjoys a suitably refined location in London’s Knightsbridge, just a stroll from Harrods, Hyde Park and some of the most expensive real estate on the planet. Head chef Sean Burbidge serves a modern European menu that upholds Ramsay’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost restaurateurs.

The interior harks back to classic European fine dining, with harmless hues of cream and beige offset by rich red touches. In keeping with the restaurant’s name, the wine cellar forms a focal point at the center of the dining room, its vast glass form housing some 1,500 bottles, (including over thirty Pétrus vintages).

The front of house team is charming and attentive, circling with panache and putting finishing touches on some exquisite dishes. After an aperitif and amuse-bouches, a starter of rabbit fricassée with baby gem lettuce, peas, broad beans and mint went down very nicely. Other highlights from the starters include Landes foie gras with apple jelly, smoked duck, hazelnut and blackberry crumble, and crispy frog’s legs with broccoli purée, braised grelot, black garlic and parmesan.

Next came an excellent fillet of Casterbridge beef with roast onion, braised shin, bone marrow and Barolo jus. Other main dishes on the dinner menu include pan-fried fillet of sea bream with celery gnocchi, shimeji mushrooms and truffle emulsion, and roasted lobster tail with gratin of aubergine, parmesan and bisque. For the sweet, we recommend the orange and vanilla baked Alaska with Grand Marnier sauce, or the chocolate sphere with milk ice cream and honeycomb. The frozen petits fours are a lovely coup de théâtre.

For the most exclusive taste of Pétrus, book the Chef’s Table in the basement kitchen, where up to eight guests can witness the chefs at work while enjoying a bespoke menu.

Phone: +44 (0)20 7592 1609
Chef’s Table: +44 (0)20 7592 1373
Address: 1 Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 8EA, UK

See more top London restaurants in the Elite Guide to London

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