Wareing, former chef at L'Oranger, heads up the kitchen at Petrus, which serves light French cuisine. He teamed up with co-owner Ramsay, with whom he has worked before. Ramsay was formerly the chef at Aubergine (under the same management as L'Oranger) but left last year to open his own eponymous restaurant in London.
As the name of the restaurant suggests, Petrus is heavily featured on the wine list, with 40 selections from 1945 to 1993. Thierry Berson, Gordon Ramsay's head sommelier, spent nearly seven months building up the Petrus collection. Overall, the main wine list includes about 300 different selections, mainly French wines, with a small amount from the New World.
"Petrus has an amazing background and great quality. It is not stocked in many restaurants," said Wareing. "My ambition is to have the largest collection of Petrus in Europe -- there is no reason why the restaurant can't go all the way to the top. By calling it Petrus, the cooking must reflect the quality of the wine. This restaurant will not be just for foodies but also for wine lovers."
Petrus, at the former site of the restaurant 33 St. James', seats up to 50 people. An average meal costs $50 per person without wine. However, if you want to drink Petrus with your meal, it's going to be expensive: from $600 for the 1993 to $20,300 for the 1947.
33 St. James' Street
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