In fact finding the restaurant proved to be quite difficult. The District Line underground was closed at Wimbledon for mainenance work so we took an SWTrain to Waterloo when I realised too late that Waterloo station is not served by the Piccadilly Line. Having eventually reached Knightsbridge the failure by Google maps to provide sufficient information such as the names of nearby roads soon became obvious though with the help of a diplomatic policeman (this is London's main embassy centre) and a Saturday morning post man making deliveries, we found the Petrus venue in time.
A lovely well hidden but equally well healed part of Town fascinating to walk around though mrs maytrees found the hours walk just slightly tiring.
Petrus itself was fantastic. Although the restaurant architecture is modern and therefore to my slightly old fashioned eye, rather different from what I was expecting the staff and the cuisine were really good.
Cheltenham beetroot terrine
with buttermilk, horseradish and shaved fennel
Roast fillet of Cornish cod
puy lentils, cauliflower, mussels and pancetta
with for pudding
Salted caramel doughnuts with crème anglaise, apple
tonka bean and cinnamon sugar
Mrs maytrees chose a different first course
Shetland island salmon lightly smoked,
pumpernickel, soft boiled egg, watercress and salad cream
But otherwise our selections were the same. We also opted for an half bottle of 2012 Sancerre which was ideal.
The staff served us both with an amuse bouche to start with and whet the pallate. Simply delicious. My beetroot terrine was a treat and we both loved the cod. The tastes of everything on our plates were unusual and delicious. Cod for example, I have like most people, tried many times before not least in the old fashioned British take away fish and chips style but this was completely different, delicate and delicious.
Our pudding course was not only lovely but fun in the way it was served in a three tier building of bowls and then amusing to eat as one dipped the tiny home made doughnuts into the tonka bean and cinnamon sugar.
Usually I enjoy a coffee or two at home on Saturday mornings .Coffee at the end of a meal is not normally worth a mention when talking of meals out but having to take the train to London meant that time was short so coffee at home was dispensed with yesterday. The Petrus cappucino was simply hot and delicious - I'd guess the best coffee I have tasted for a long time and that includes many coffees in France Italy and even Seattle (Seattle Coffee House of course).
As we were leaving mrs maytrees was given a little box containing a chocolate sponge which she enjoyed this morning.
A lovely thought and delicious meal.
As for the journey back mrs maytrees insisted no more walking, so buses to Vauxhall and SWTrain to Wimbledon meant that our journey home was rather quicker than the travel out had been.