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
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