Hong Kong - Lunch with a view at Petrus
I'd always believed that 1 or 2-Michelin star restaurants tend to try that much harder than a 3-Michelin star spot. The same holds true for Petrus, Island Shangri-La's 2-Michelin star French restaurant. Known as much for its stupendous views from the 56th floor as for its sumptious dining room & Chef de cuisine Frederic Chabbert's warm, earthy cooking. The service there was friendly, efficient and welcoming. The food, generous to a fault, and deliciously rich.
My lunch today was atypical - heavy, traditional flavors:
- Stuffed cabbage smothered with a thick, unctuous sauce dotted chopped pig's trotter bits, and generous scattering of wild wood mushrooms, topped with thin shavings of black truffles which lent an intoxicating fragrance to the dish;
- Potage Parmentier (potato & leek soup), again enhanced with generous shaving of black truffles, though what I liked here were the perfectly-cooked, slightly al dente small slivers of leeks and potatoes within the thick, creamy soup, enhancing it by provding additional textural dimensions;
- the main course of roast guinea fowl with Brussels sprouts and a rich, dark offal-based sauce. Here, as in all of Chef Chabbert's dishes, the cooking was perfectly-timed, ensuring the guinea fowl meat remained moist and soft whilst its thin papery skin was perfectly crisp.
The rather heavy 3 courses basically precluded me from ordering a dessert, but a selection of petit fours was more than substantial to provide a sweet ending to the meal.
56/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 28208590
Admiralty, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island , HK
re: Charles Yu
I ran out of time, Charles - coincidentally, I was tossing up between Gaddi's and Petrus for this lunch, but I opted for Petrus eventually to suss out its 2-Michelin star rating under 2012's Michelin Guide for HK/Macau (which ignored Peninsula's outlets yet again).
Definitely intend to go back to Amigo on my next trip to HK next year.
Looks like every body ihese days is copying Keller's French Laundry approach with salt. However, I'm not sure whether Petrus wait staff has the memory and knowledge to give a description of each. FL included a 300 million year Jurrasic salt from Colorado! To me salty is salty Ha!!!
Was in HK in November, stayed at the Shangri-La and had excellent meals at both Petrus and Nadaman. Our business guests from Europe were very impressed by both and I will definitely go back to Petrus on my next trip. Their wine list is huge, but prices are sky-high for their bottles!