The third stop on my odyssey took me to the banks of the Danube and the twin city of Buda and Pest.
Staying in Pest, my first port of call was at Bib Gourmand rated Petrus on Ferenc Ter. I had wandered past it when I arrived in town late the previous evening and noted with incredulous glee that there was a Citroen 2CV parked in the middle of the restaurant’s interior.
Quite why this is is not abundantly clear but I suppose it fits the theme of the very strongly French infused menu. A string of onions might have done just as well, but it’s certainly a talking point.
I was warmly welcomed and shown to a table that was in their large open window bay meaning I had shade from the sun but the benefit of any cooling breeze of which there was not much.
I quickly settled upon the seven course degustation tasting menu which was perhaps robustly priced by Budapest standards but was ridiculously reasonable in comparison to home. I opened with a glass of their house Champagne.
First up was foie gras served with a delicate little croissant with fruity elements to balance the richness. It was an excellent dish.
The high quality continued with a salmon tartare served with avocado and preserved lemon. It was another splendid plate with bags of freshness.
The parmesan veloute with prawns, chorizo and poached egg was the outstanding dish of the day. The prawns, so often overcooked, were juicy and sweet. The dish was the kind of thing I could eat all day everyday.
The lamb with aubergine wasn’t quite to the same standard and the awkward plating – it was served in quite a deep glass bowl – didn’t help.
Things were back on track with the tasty duck with goose liver, black pudding and truffled potatoes. It was a highly enjoyable final savoury course.
The cheese course was a simple piece of goat’s cheese served with apricot and orange chutney. Its simplicity served it well.
The dessert was a classic iles flottantes executed very well indeed. It was accompanied by excellent late harvest tokaji in its land of origin.
So overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Petrus. It gave me a useful yardstick by which to judge other places in the city, both in terms of quality and price. If you’re looking for a high quality lunch option in this part of town, this could be just the place for you.
Blythe scores Petrus
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4.5/5 for service
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: foie gras torchon, salmon tartare, parmesan veloute, lamb with aubergine, duck with black pudding, goat’s cheese and apricot chutney, iles flottantes
I drank: Champagne, grenache rose, red wine, tokaji
I wore: black shorts
Total bill: 27,270 HUF
Address: 1094 Budapest, Ferenc tér 2-3