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Dec 9, 2011 07:00 PM

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.

Address details
Restaurant Petrus
56/F, Island Shangri-La Hong Kong
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway
Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 28208590

Admiralty, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island , HK

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  1. That indeed look pretty 'heavy'!!! I'm stuffed just by looking at the photos! Surprise to see the food so 'rustic' !
    For your 'nostalgic quests', are you planning to eat at Amigo and Gaddis as well??!!

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    1. 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.

    2. The 6 types of table salt was a lark. Love that ;-)

      And the views ...

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      1. re: klyeoh

        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!!!

      2. 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!